Administrator receives prestigious lifetime achievement award

A longtime Garland ISD administrator will soon receive statewide recognition for his impact on music education. Director of Visual and Performing Arts George Jones will be presented with the 2018 Lifetime Administrator Achievement Award at the Texas Bandmasters Association’s annual convention Thursday, July 26, in San Antonio.

“The Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA) promotes the value of music education in our society and the important role instrumental music plays in our cultural, intellectual and social lives,” states a press release from the organization. “Each year, TBA recognizes those who have made a difference in the lives of band students in Texas.” 

GISD has been home base for Jones’ stellar 39-year career, with 18 years as a middle and high school band director and 21 years in his current role. The Illinois native began his tenure at Memorial Pathway Academy, formerly Memorial Middle School, and then moved on to South Garland, Lakeview Centennial and Rowlett high schools. As RHS’ first band director, he penned the Eagles’ Alma Mater and Fight Song. 

The numerous awards and recognitions Jones has received throughout his profession are a testament to his dedication to success. He not only led students to local, regional, state and national awards. He also managed to earn the district nine Best Communities for Music Education titles. Additionally, he has been named a Texas Music Administrators Conference (TMAC) Music Administrator of the Year, PTA Lifetime Member and Richardson Coalition Real Heroes Award recipient. Jones has served as the Metroplex Music Supervisors chairman, TMAC president and Richardson Community Band conductor as well. 

“I believe that my most important task as an administrator is to hire great teachers, provide them with the necessary support and then let them work their magic,” Jones said. “GISD truly does believe in the education of the whole child and the support of the administrative team, Board of Trustees and community is second to none.” 

Jones will be recognized in front of more than 6,000 band directors, music teachers and university music students from across the state.