Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor began his music education at the age of five. He would crawl under the old military barracks that the Three Rivers ISD had bought and converted into a "band hall". As his father was teaching, he would collect pennies, nickels, pencils, and other items that had fallen through the cracks in the floor. Those lessons in efficiency and opportunity have stayed with him all his life. His public school education was shared by the Three Rivers and Alice schools. He attended college at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi. During his two years at Del Mar, he studied trumpet with William Hipp and was in the band directed by Marion Busby. Scott completed his undergraduate degree at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied with Frank Elsas, Vince DiNino, and William Moody. He later returned to The University of Texas at Austin where he completed his Masters of Music degree in Conducting under the tutelage of Tom Lee. Scott began his teaching career in the fall of 1970 at Lake Highlands Junior High as the assistant to Carroll Cantrell. In 1971 he was the head director at Forest Meadow Junior High and in 1972 he was named Director of Bands at Westwood Junior High. In 1977 the Westwood Symphonic Band was named CCC Honor Band by the Band Division of The Texas Music Educators Association. They performed at the Houston convention in February of 1978. In the spring of 1978, Scott followed Howard Dunn as Director of Bands at Richardson High School. In 1981, the Symphonic Winds and the Jazz Ensemble performed at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 1982 the Symphonic Winds were named the AAAAA Honor Band by the Band Division of the Texas Music educators Association. They performed for the 1983 TMEA convention in San Antonio. Mr. Taylor's ensembles have amassed an impressive record of first divisions in Marching and Concert competitions. They have been awarded many Best in Class honors in both fields, including the Westlake and Plano East Marching Festivals. On stage the Symphonic Winds were selected as the Outstanding Band at Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, Six Flags over Texas, The National Adjudicators Invitational Festival in Nashville where the ensemble performed an “Encore” performance for 4500 students and directors at The Grand Old Opera House. The Director's Choice and on seven occasions Music Fest Orlando . In 1983 the Richardson High School Band was named a Charter recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor. The Sousa Foundation has also named the Golden Eagle Band to The Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands for the period between 1960 and 1996. Taylor received the Ross Perot award for Teaching Excellence in the Richardson ISD. He is serving his third term on the Board of the National Band Association and has completed a second two year term on The Board of Directors of the American Bandmasters Association. In 1994, Mr. Taylor was named as one of ten recipients to the Band World Legion of Honor by the Sousa Foundation. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Wind Symphony as well as being a member of the Richardson ISD budget team for 12 years. Scott has served on several University Interscholastic League committees and has been active within the Texas Music Educators Association. In1988 Mr. Taylor was elected Vice President and Band Division Chairman, President - Elect in 1990 and President in 1992. In 2003 the Texas Bandmasters Association honored Mr. Taylor with its Meritorious Achievement Award. The University Interscholastic League recognized Mr. Taylor as a Sponsor of Excellence. In March of 2009, Mr. Taylor was selected as Vice-President of the American Bandmasters Association. He served as President of that prestigious organization in 2011-2012. Mr. Taylor is only the third high school director to hold this position, one of the others being his father, Bryce Taylor. Since retiring in 2010 Scott has remained very active as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.

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