Symposium 1985

Bill Woods was born November 20, 1931, in Denton County, Texas. He attended school in Plainview and graduated from high school in 1950. Robert “Chief” Davidson, a Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame member, was his high school band director. Receiving an emergency teaching certificate after two years of college, Bill accepted the position of band director at Anson.

A year later, Bill doubled his salary by moving to Seagraves to teach band and choir for $4,000 a year. In 1961, Bill moved to Levelland, Texas, where he inherited a 47 member AAAA band. Eight years later, in order to work on his Masters degree at Texas Tech, he left a 160 member Levelland Band with six Sweepstakes to their credit. It wasn’t long before Seagraves called him back, and they agreed to allow him time to complete his degree while teaching. Professionally, Bill served as Region Band Chairman four times; Region Chairman three times; State Band Chairman 1980 to 1982 and was elected President of TMEA in 1983 -1984.