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Lawyer Wes Loegering’s brush with the greatest in the music world came at Harvard University, where cellist Yo-Yo Ma was a fellow student. Loegering played violin with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra and the Bach Society Orchestra. He also studied with a Boston Symphony player and took conducting lessons. Ma, a child prodigy and recording artist, occasionally played as a soloist with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra. “I realized at some point that although I liked music and enjoyed it, I was never going to make a career as a soloist, much less have a shot at a really good orchestra,” Loegering says. “I was as good as I was ever going to get.” So Ma continued his climb to greatness as a cellist, and Loegering went on to another calling: law. After climbing the ladder of success in the legal world, Loegering began carving a niche for himself in the music world. For the past 18 months, Loegering, a partner and civil litigator in Dallas’ Hughes & Luce, has been playing electric violin with a folk-rock band called Beaird, Brown & Williams. He hooked up with the group through Brice Beaird, a friend from church who sings and plays guitar. The group plays once a month at Ozona Grill and Bar in Dallas and is working on setting up some private gigs at parties. The band members also are putting together a live CD of a performance. BB&W has developed a following and draws a crowd at its Ozona performances; most of the publicity comes by e-mail notes promoting their gigs. The band plays original music, plus songs from James Taylor, Sting, Shawn Colvin, Vertical Horizon, Bob Dylan and others. Many of the original songs come from Beaird, who’s constantly writing for the group. Two other members, Ginger Brown (vocals and guitar) and Rauly Williams (vocals, guitar and bass), have written a few songs. Loegering also is trying his hand at writing, although nothing’s ready to debut yet. Karin Torgerson, an associate at Locke Liddell & Sapp, came to a Jan. 6 performance of the band at the urging of Loegering’s wife, Janis, her co-worker at the Dallas firm. “I thought they were great,” Torgerson says. “I think it’s amazing to see someone playing an electric violin.” She also was impressed with the mix of people there, from college-age on up. Bart Sloan, an associate at Hughes & Luce, has firsthand knowledge of Loegering’s talent. Sloan is a bass player and singer with one of the five bands formed by members of the firm — Shig Shag, a modern rock band — and has jammed with Loegering and other musicians at Hughes & Luce. “He’s very talented,” Sloan says. “The band is very folksy and does a lot of original songs.” The band is scheduled to perform at Ozona on April 7 and May 5. Loegering joined Hughes & Luce in 1998, when his four-lawyer litigation boutique, Davis & Loegering, merged with the firm. He represents companies, such as EDS and Southwestern Bell, and also handles qui tam cases under the federal False Claims Act. He fits his music in around his full-time practice; he performs and practices mostly on the weekends, and on an occasional late weekday night. Loegering and two of his fellow BB&W members — Beaird, who has an advertising agency, and Charlie Spradley, a lawyer who has a legal recruiting service — also play three times a month at their church, Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Dallas. (The band’s drummer, Carlyle McCullough, also plays on Sundays, at a different church.) In addition, Loegering juggles family life: He and his wife, a partner in Locke Liddell, have two children: a 13-year-old daughter, who’s learning to play guitar, and a 10-year-old son, who plays piano. Loegering, 46, who grew up in Minnesota, began studying classical violin when he was in fifth grade and played with an all-state orchestra for a few years. He first attended a concert in 1965, performed by the Beatles, who have been his biggest musical influence. Other music idols include Ma; legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin; Jean-Luc Ponty, who popularized the electric violin; jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli; and Pete Townshend and The Who. He got his first taste of electric instruments in high school, when a band director helped put together a small ensemble of musicians, including Loegering, to play them at a concert. That experience got him started playing in a rock ‘n’ roll band. He continued playing with friends while an undergraduate at Harvard and over the years he has sat in with other rock musicians. But once he started classes at Harvard Law School, Loegering was so busy that he didn’t touch the violin for three years. He took it up again when he came to Dallas to clerk for U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer of the Northern District of Texas. “On weekends, I’d practice in the courtroom,” he says. “It had extraordinary acoustics.” That got him started again with music. Then he met Beaird and joined the band. The band members play for the love of music, Loegering says. “We don’t do it for the money,” he says. “I’m still in a loss position. It’s for the joy and the opportunity to put the demands of the workplace and all that other stuff out of your mind.”

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