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House Concurrent Resolution

No. 105 Supporting Fine Arts Education

TMEA hosts 75th anniversary of MENC

 

During Floyd’s presidency with the support of TMEA leadership and the Past- President’s Council, TMEA hosted the 75th anniversary of MENC. In addition, in 1981 TMEA heavily lobbied the legislature to protect and preserve fine arts in the curriculum, resulting in the passage of HCR 105 and the inclusion of fine arts in a well-balanced curriculum which all school districts were required to teach.

Under his direction the Berkner High School Band Program in the Richardson ISD increased in size by over 200 students and won numerous honors in both University Interscholastic League and major festival competitions. They received the coveted Sudler Award presented by the Sousa Foundation to recognize excellence in public school instrumental music and in 1974, 1986 and 1990 the Symphonic I band was selected by a series of taped auditions as the outstanding concert band in its class in the State of Texas. In 1990 the Berkner Band was one of five bands in the country to perform at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.

In 1986 he was one of eight band directors in the United States elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association. In 1992 Floyd was one of ten band directors in the United States named to the Legion of Honor by the Sousa Foundation. He was also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Wind Symphony and served as resident conductor of that organization prior to his move to Austin. In 2003 he was named Bandmaster of the Year by the Texas Bandmasters Association. He currently serves as Chair of the Texas Coalition for Arts Education and serves on the Board of the Texas Music Project.