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Hayes, there’s a new band director

School welcomes new leader of Pride of the East

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Celebrating the music \\ Conducting the band, Head Director Luis Saldaña guides the Symphonic band through the music during Celebrate the Arts. This is Saldañas final year at East. Frisco High School Band Director Gregory Hayes will take his spot as Head Band Director.

Celebrating the music \\ Conducting the band, Head Director Luis Saldaña guides the Symphonic band through the music during Celebrate the Arts. This is Saldañas final year at East. Frisco High School Band Director Gregory Hayes will take his spot as Head Band Director.

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Angel Martinez

Celebrating the music \\ Conducting the band, Head Director Luis Saldaña guides the Symphonic band through the music during Celebrate the Arts. This is Saldañas final year at East. Frisco High School Band Director Gregory Hayes will take his spot as Head Band Director.

Zoe Villegas, Staff Reporter

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The band program has gained a new head band director for the upcoming fall season, Gregory Hayes. The new Assistant Band Director has not been announced yet.

Mr. Hayes has taught for over 20 years, and is currently teaching at Frisco High School. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.

Mr. Hayes has played the tuba euphonium for 30 years now. High school being one of the most important years.

“Band was an important part of my life when I was in high school,” Mr. Hayes said. “I want to share and create experiences for other high school musicians.”

Mr. Hayes’ main goal for the next school year is to teach the kids more about band. Preparing them for after high school if any of them pursue music as a career.

“I only occasionally play my personal instrument,” Mr. Hayes said. “I spend more time preparing to teach the students and conducting rather than playing.”

This upcoming school year is a State year for The Pride of the East. State year means they have a chance to compete against other marching bands around Texas.  Mr. Hayes’ number one rule for State year is to be unified as a group.

“Marching band brings a closeness and unity that comes to the entire band program,” Mr. Hayes said. “I’m excited to build that type of unity with the students and staff.”

Students met Mr. Hayes and seem to like him, making them excited for the upcoming year.

“Mr. Hayes seems like he’ll be a great band director,” freshman Collin Blaise said. “I am very excited for next year.”

Mr. Hayes will take part in leadership tryouts, band placements and next year’s choice in marching show. His first day has not been decided yet.

“Get ready,” Mr. Hayes said, “The Pride of the East Marching Band will be amazing.”

 

 

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