Seguin school board just announced Mark Buley as the new band director. Opinions? I wish the band program the best. Be patient as there will be some changes as with any change in personnel. Good luck!!
(Seguin) -- The Mighty Matador Marching Band will now be lead by Mark Buley. The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees last night approved the appointment of Buley as the new head band director at Seguin High School. Buley who currently serves as the associate band director at Judson ISD says his knowledge of the Matador band program has him excited about making the switch to Seguin.
"I have had a lot of contacts with Seguin High School. I was the Region XIII band chairman for the region of which Seguin is a part. Also, Mark Waymire, the director from two directors ago actually wrote drill for me while I was at Alamo Heights High School and then also Mark wrote drill and music for the Judson Band program three years ago," said Buley. "I know historically they've done very well at marching contest and at concert contest. I know Mr. Waymire and Mr. McKeithen have both done a great job as band directors."
Buley, who obtained his bachelors and masters degree in music education from the University of Texas at Austin, says he believes his experience will help move the band program forward.
"I bring 19 years of experience from three different school districts -- Victoria Stroman High School was my first job for four years before I went back to UT to get my master's degree and I spent nin years at Alamo Heights -- six of those as the head band director and the last six years, I've been at Judson as the assistant band director," said Buley. "I'm looking to improve the retention of the students in the program and build the membership. The one thing that I'm hoping to do to this transition is to maintain and improve upon hopefully the performance abilities of the students and also I'm hoping to improve enrollment. We have 185 beginning students starting this year and if we start 185 beginners each year for the next three years (and) then bring at least half of those kids to the high school, then you're looking at a high school band program of 300-350 and right now, there are about 220."
Buley will replace band director Steve Mckeithen. McKeithen who served the district for the past 10 years, will resign next month.