Spring Hill High School’s new band director believes getting the position was meant to be.
Michael Moody was mourning the loss of his mentor and former Kilgore College band director Glenn Wells this past week. As he was leaving Wells’ funeral Thursday, Moody got a call offering him the job leading the Blue Brigade Band at his alma mater.
“I really believe this job was given to me by a higher calling,” he said.
Moody spent much of his time in high school and college being mentored by band directors, he said. They were often like father figures to him.
After high school, Moody attended Panola College for a year on a band scholarship. He then went to Kilgore College and Stephen F. Austin State University.
“Music has always kind of come easy to me,” he said. “When I got into it, I just said I would give it a try. I gave it a try, and here I am 22 years later.”
His experience has taken him to many East Texas schools. His resume includes Longview, Pine Tree, Henderson, Gladewater and New Diana ISDs, but he says being a Spring Hill High School graduate and returning to lead the band means more to him.
“It’s a really special feeling graduating from here and seeing how when I was in school the community was not so big, the band was not so big,” he said, “but it’s really grown and really has had tons of success.
“I’m just really excited to be here. I’ve hardly been able to sleep. I just want to keep the great tradition they have here with the Blue Brigade.”
Superintendent Wayne Guidry said as an administrator he wants to hire people who work hard and love kids. He said Moody fit that description.
“He’s a very genuine person,” Guidry said. “What I’ve heard from references is the kids really love him, and he is a very hard worker and very diligent.”
Guidry said Randy Kiser, former high school band director, left his position to spend time at home with his children. Percussion and jazz band director Ronnie Godfrey decided to pursue a real estate career.
The success of the band and Moody’s career will blend together well, Guidry said. The students, he said, have been working together on how best to welcome their new director.
Moody said dedication and consistency are what make a band program a good one.
“A band director’s job is not an 8 to 5 job,” he said. “Fridays, you’ll be at the school 7:15 in the morning and not get done until midnight the next day.”
Besides doing well in competition, Moody said he wants to promote the student leadership in the program. He wants to be a good role model and teach students how to do the right thing and to be good citizens.
“I’m a hometown boy; I was born and raised here,” he said. “I’m praying, and I really believe this is going to be the last stop in my teaching career.”