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Jack Nall - Class of 2022

Jack Nall attended Crockett Junior High School and Odessa High School, graduating in 1969. His Band Directors were Dr. Carl Lobitz at Crockett and Bill J. Dean at Odessa High. He was an All Stater two years at TMEA (Band & Orchestra). During TMEA in Houston, as he was departing the City Bus for rehearsals, Dr. Gary Garner and Mr. Don Baird greeted Jack, by name, and told him they wanted WTSU to be his home as a music major. As a 15 year old, he could not believe anyone would take the time to speak to him one on one about attending WTSU. This was a decisive moment in choosing music as a career!

He attended WTSU as a music major, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1973 and a master’s degree in 1979, followed by a Master in Administration from ACU. While at WTSU, Jack competed in the Young Artist Competition with the Amarillo Symphony. He won the competition and was selected to perform with the Amarillo Symphony as a soloist. Also, he was named to Who’s Who and Outstanding Student Teacher at the Secondary Level. Jack also played trombone for the Amarillo Symphony, Odessa/ Midland Symphony, Abilene Symphony, and Dave Ritter’s Tiffany Brass. Through the years, he played approximately 35 professional rodeos on their circuit and accompanied numerous celebrities such as Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, Chet Atkins, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, and Doc Severenson, to name a few.

Jack began his teaching career as assistant director at Odessa High School in 1973, moving to Bonham Junior High in 1974 as head director. At Bonham, the students earned UIL 1st division ratings at marching and concert contest, Sweepstakes, as well as Honor Band finalists. In 1979, he became head director at Abilene Cooper High School. The program grew from 140 to 500+. The concert bands grew from two concert bands to five bands during his directorship. The students were awarded UIL Sweepstakes every year (15). There were numerous students awarded with All Region Bands, All State Bands, eight State Marching Contest appearances, with two finishes in the top five. The Cooper Band also performed two times at professional football halftimes (Dallas Cowboys vs Cincinnati Bengals and the Houston Oilers vs Minnesota Vikings). The Cooper Band was the largest marching band in Texas for many years. In 1990, they appeared in the “101st Tournament of Roses Parade” as the largest marching band to ever perform.

Jack served as a UIL adjudicator and clinician in Texas & Oklahoma and taught band camps at WTSU, Texas Tech, McMurry, San Angelo State, and Sul Ross.

In 1994, he moved into administration in Abilene ISD serving as an assistant principal, principal, and Director of Secondary Education. While in administration, he was selected as Texas Secondary Principal of the Year by TCTA (Texas Classroom Teachers Association). His schools were named top performing schools by TEA, with top performing math and science scores. After 37 years in education, he retired in 2009. In 2021 The Cooper Band Alumni established The Jack and Donna Nall Scholarship Fund to award a scholarship yearly to a Cooper Band Student pursuing a music degree.

Jack & Donna now live in The Villages, Florida. They have three sons, Heath and Jennifer Nall, Shane and Amber Nall, and Chad and Marcie Nall. They have five grandchildren: Conner (WTAMU-Music Major), Aubyn (Texas Tech Music Major), and Avery, Charlee and Chizum. In our family, there are three generations of All Staters: Jack, Heath, Jennifer, Conner, and Aubyn.

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