TUPELO • After serving as affiliate director of bands for 4 years, Cliff Moore will take up the baton as director of Tupelo’s bands this summer season.
The Tupelo Public Faculty District Board of Trustees accredited Moore’s rent as Tupelo Excessive Faculty’s band director final week. His first official day as head of the division is July 1.
Moore was a member of the highschool band from 1993 to 1997. His return to his previous band division, he stated, felt much less like a homecoming, and extra like falling again into step.
“In loads of methods, I really feel like I by no means left,” he stated.
In his new function, Moore will oversee and set the course for the district’s complete sixth by way of 12 grade band program.
Moore stated he’d hoped for years to have the chance to function director of bands. He’s relieved that the wait is over but additionally feels intensely conscious of the legacy of the Tupelo band administrators who got here earlier than him – notably Floyd Stevens and Vance Wigginton, two of his private heroes.
“The information that I’m going to have their chair, that I’ve obtained their legacy to reside as much as, is one thing that evokes me, and it motivates me,” Moore stated. “I’m excited to have the chance to be the subsequent in line right here at Tupelo and to hold on that work.”
Throughout his 18-year educating profession, Moore spent eight years as a band director at Nettleton, served for a 12 months at Okolona Excessive Faculty and spent 5 years at North Pontotoc Excessive Faculty earlier than coming to Tupelo.
“What higher place to be than residence with an opportunity to take a position and provides quite a bit again to the place that gave me a lot,” Moore stated.
Moore had an curiosity in music at an early age, even earlier than he joined the band in seventh grade.
Though his dad “can’t play the radio,” his mom’s aspect of the household is extraordinarily musical.
“They’re all singers or musicians on some degree,” Moore stated. “So I grew up being uncovered to music, grew up with devices in the home. When seventh grade rolled round, it simply appeared like the suitable factor to do.”
He began out taking part in the trombone however took it upon himself to be taught different devices as effectively. By the tip of highschool, he had picked quite a lot of brass devices together with the saxophone. He realized the best way to play the remainder of the band devices in school.
Moore determined in highschool he wished to be a band director as a result of it appeared enjoyable and knew that on some degree, he had a present for music.
“It’s at all times nice when you are able to do one thing that you just love as a profession,” he stated.
Though the occupation has remained pleasing, Moore realized it wasn’t enjoyable for the explanations he as soon as thought it will be. Instructing a toddler the best way to play music, he stated, is just one a part of music training.
Dreaming huge for the band right here. Our purpose is to lift the efficiency degree of the band to such a excessive degree that we actually get loads of regional and nationwide highlight.
As an alternative, Moore sees music training as a possibility for band administrators to arrange college students for all times after faculty, utilizing music as a pathway to ship that instruction.
“They’ll have to know the best way to be on time, and they will have to know the best way to work along with individuals in direction of a group purpose,” Moore stated. “They’ll have to know the best way to put within the onerous work on the entrance finish, despite the fact that they may not see the outcomes and the satisfaction from that till means down the highway.”
The 2 most rewarding elements of being a band director are the camaraderie between band director colleagues and operating into former college students who’re profitable of their lives and careers who let Moore know the affect he had.
Underneath his management, Moore plans for the band’s affect to be even farther reaching than ever earlier than.
“I’m dreaming huge for the band right here,” he stated. “Our purpose is to lift the efficiency degree of the band to such a excessive degree that we actually get loads of regional and nationwide highlight. To do this, we now have to be the very best of the very best of the very best – on a person degree and on a group degree.”