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Richard Floyd Selected for Yamaha Master Educator Program


December 8, 2016
The Austin Symphonic Band is pleased to announce that its Music Director, Richard Floyd, has been chosen as a charter member of a distinguished new group called the "Yamaha Master Educator Program." The program is an initiative by Yamaha Corporation of America to enhance professional development and provide inspiring artistic collaborations for music educators at all levels.

Of only eighteen charter members chosen nationwide, three are from the Austin area: Richard Floyd; Cheryl Floyd, Band Director at Hill Country Middle School and a member of ASB; and Jerry Junkin, Director of Bands at the University of Texas.

The Master Educator program is designed to complement the Yamaha Performing Artist roster, which conducts more than 600 music clinics annually. The charter members will share their expertise to help create future generations of music educators.

Teachers at every level will have access to a diverse group of experts who can advise them on everything from recruitment in the middle schools to advanced conducting techniques. Teachers can also explore an online menu to view the specific areas of each Master Educator's expertise.

"Many band and orchestra directors nationwide have asked us for support to improve and elevate their effectiveness as teachers," said John Wittmann, director, Artist Relations and Education, Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis. "With their needs in mind, we formed an all-star group of educators with the skills, expertise, and the heart for inspiring and empowering music teachers at all levels -- elementary school, high school, college and beyond."

Richard Floyd has been the Music Director of the Austin Symphonic Band since 1986.

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