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Scott Lee Taylor - Class of 2015

Scott Taylor began his music education at the age of five in Three Rivers, Texas, and later in Alice, Texas, where he played trumpet in his father, Bryce Taylor’s band. During his senior year he was selected to the Texas All State Symphonic Band. After high school he attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi where 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 Elsass, 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 spent his entire public school teaching career in the Richardson Independent School District. He started in 1970 at Lake Highlands Junior High School followed by a year at Forest Meadow Junior High School. In 1972 he was named Director of Bands at Westwood Junior High School. During his tenure the Westwood Symphonic Band was named the Texas 3C Honor Band. In the spring of 1978, Scott followed Howard Dunn as the Director of Bands at Richardson High School. In 1981 the Richardson Symphonic Winds and the Richardson Jazz Ensemble performed at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. In 1982 the Richardson High School Symphonic Winds were named the Texas 5A Honor Band.

Scott’s ensembles have amassed an impressive record of first divisions in UIL marching and concert competitions. They have been awarded numerous “Best in Class” honors in marching competitions including the Westlake and the Plano East Marching Festivals. On the stage, the Symphonic Winds were selected as the “Outstanding Band” at the Buccaneer Days in Corpus Christi, Six Flags over Texas and the National Adjudicators Invitational Festival in Nashville, where the ensemble held an encore performance for 4500 students and directors at The Grand Old Opera House. The Symphonic Winds have also placed first at Director’s Choice events and on seven occasions at Music Fest Orlando. In 1983 the Richardson High School band was named a charter recipient of the Sudler Flag of Honor. The Sousa Foundation also named the Golden Eagle Band to the historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands for the period between 1960 though 1996.

In 1991 Scott received the Ross Perot Award for Teaching Excellence followed by the Band World Legion of Honor by the Sousa Foundation in 1994. In 1993 Scott served as president of the Texas Music Educators Association. In 2003 the Texas Bandmasters Association honored Scott with its Meritorious Achievement Award and the University Interscholastic League recognized Scott as a Sponsor of Excellence. In 2011-2012 Scott served as president of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. He has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Wind Symphony, the National Band Association and the American Band Bandmasters Association. Since retiring in 2010, Scott has remained very active as a consultant, clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and is currently serving as an instrumental music specialist for the Fort Worth Independent School District.

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