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San Antonio, Texas – The Texas Bandmasters Association has named Gregory Dick from Friendswood, Texas as a recipient of a 2015 Meritorious Achievement Award. TBA President Bruce Beach will present this award to Mr. Dickduring the annual TBA Convention/Clinic in San Antonio, Texas. Gregory Dick has served as the Director of Bands atFriendswood High School since 2000. His years of teaching in public schools include stops in Dickinson and League City (Clear Creek ISD).  A complete biography of Gregory Dick follows.

The Texas Bandmasters Association promotes the value of music education in our society and the important role instrumental music plays in our cultural, intellectual and social lives. Each year, TBA recognizes those who have made a difference in the lives of band students in Texas. It is a tradition dating back to 2000 for TBA to honor those who exemplify the qualities of an exemplary band director with the Meritorious Achievement Award.

This year marks the 68th annual Convention/Clinic hosted by TBA. Over six thousand band directors, music teachers, and university music students from across the state will attend the convention July 23-26 in San Antonio. Housed at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, TBA presents over 60 educational clinics and professional concerts to its membership of persons working in or retired from the music education profession. TBA also designed special full-day programs for first-year and new-to-Texas directors, middle and high school band students, and Booster Club members. An Exhibit Hall of approximately 650 vendors presenting the latest products from leaders in the music industry will be available to convention attendees. T­he TBA website offers information on the Convention/Clinic and an extended catalog of educational material for band directors, music teachers and students.

Gregory Dick

Gregory Dick grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas. He started band in the 6th grade under Harvey Jones and then joined the Lake Jackson Intermediate School Band, under the direction of Ernest Clark (PBM Hall of Fame). Greg graduated from Brazoswood HS in 1975, under the direction of Fred McDonald (PBM Hall of Fame), Rod Cannon, and Herman Gauthier. After high school, he attended Sam Houston State University, studying with Dr. Ralph Mills (PBM Hall of Fame and Texas Bandmaster of the Year). All of these teachers have been a huge influence on his life, both musically and as a person, and deserve credit for why he teaches today.

Greg began his band director career in 1979 as assistant band director at McAdams JH in Dickinson, Texas. The head director was Wade McDonald (TBA Meritorious Achievement Award), Greg’s junior high, high school, and college friend. Don Owens (TBA Meritorious Achievement Award) and John Gossett led the Dickinson HS Band. Here Greg learned what it takes to produce an excellent band program. He learned to work hard, be patient, and persevere through the tough times. This training to be a band director included waking up at 5 a.m. to be at 6 a.m. marching practice, as well as doing sectionals and individual listenings before and after school. While in Dickinson, the McAdamsJH Band was the 1980 C/CC Honor Band, and the High School Band was the AAAA State Marching Band Champion and AAAA Honor Band.

In 1988, Greg left Dickinson to take his first head director job at League City Intermediate School in the Clear CreekISD. The LCIS was successful in All-Region Band, UIL Concert & Sight-Reading, and was named Best in Class at several festivals. In 1992, Greg opened Space Center Intermediate School, also in the Clear Creek ISD. For eight years, the SCIS Band enjoyed much success. All of the bands earned all Superior Ratings every year at all band competitions and was named Best in Class at many festivals in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. A record 70 students earned positions in the All-Region Band in one year. The band was the TMEA Class CCC Honor Band in 1994 and in 1998 and performed at the TMEA convention. The band performed at The Midwest Clinic in 1999 and was awarded theSudler Cup from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

In 2000, Mr. Dick became the Director of Bands at Friendswood HS. Since then, the Marching Band has advanced to the UIL State Marching Contest eight times in a row, placed in the finals six times in a row, and was the State Runner-Up in 2003, 2005, and 2009. The Marching Band has won many local contests and is a BOA Houston Regional Finalist and San Antonio Super Regional Finalist and has won 15 consecutive UIL Sweepstakes Awards.

The Friendswood HS Wind Ensemble has won festivals in San Antonio, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Dallas, and performed in New York, Orlando, and Chicago. The Wind Ensemble was named the TMEA AAAA Honor Band in 2005 and again in 2009. In 2006, the Wind Ensemble performed at The Midwest Clinic and won the inaugural National Wind Band Honors Award for outstanding performance. The John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor to the band in 2007. The Friendswood Band has produced 170 All-State musicians in the past 15 years. Eddie Green, Tom Bennett, and Joe Dixon, have been a huge influence and encouragement throughout Greg’s career.

Greg’s personal honors include the Texas Music Educators Leadership and Achievement Award and the Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association. In 2000, he was the Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Clear CreekISD and in 2005, was the first faculty member from Friendswood HS to win the State UIL Sponsor Excellence Award. In 2007, the John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the Friendswood Band the Sudler Flag of Honor. He was elected into the American Bandmasters Association in 2010. Greg was awarded the UT Exes Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award and FISD recognized him with the “Making A Difference Award” in 2014. His professional affiliations include ABA, TMEA, TMAA, TBA, and Phi Beta Mu. Greg is an active adjudicator and clinician across the state, having conducted many region and all city bands and has presented clinics at TBA and TMEA. He serves on the Sudler Flag of Honor committee and has served in Region 19 and Region 17 in various leadership positions over the years.         Mary Byrd