August 3, 2015 – Corsicana, TX – Navarro College had the opportunity to host leadership speaker and consultant, Tyson Wooters, at an event this past Friday for the band leadership team. The goal was to provide an opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills and learn from an internationally-recognized leader in the industry.
Tyson Wooters holds a teaching degree in music education from the University of Oregon and has spent the last decade working with bands in the United States and around the world including schools such as the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Clemson University and University of Washington.
According to his bio, Wooters believes in the strength of humble leaders, the awesome power of servanthood, and your organization’s ability to harness those forces. He also believes in his life’s mission: to educate people through humor and shared experience about the phenomenal power of taking real accountability and ownership in every aspect of life.
Director of College Bands, Joshua Buckrucker, believed that Wooters’s experience and instruction would challenge students to set a new standard of expectations, all the while maintaining a fun, spirited learning environment. In his past experience with Wooters, Buckrucker has witnessed that students respond well to this type of encouraging, focused instruction.
“The Navarro College Marching Band, now coined the Sound of Navarro, has made significant changes. In one year, the band more than tripled in size, and is still growing. We have over 85 talented musicians from all over the United States. Not only is the Sound of Navarro band contributing to the spirited culture of Navarro College, it is also developing a new reputation of excellence throughout the State of Texas. The goal of the 2015-16 season is to continue this new tradition of high quality sound, marching, and entertainment. It’s going to be an exciting year for the Sound of Navarro. I hope everyone in the community has a chance to join us at one of our performances. Go Dawgs!”
Navarro College District President, Dr. Barbara Kavalier, had the opportunity to visit with Wooters and the students on Friday. Dr. Kavalier stated, “It’s wonderful when we can bring someone of this caliber in to the college to provide fresh ideas and contribute positively to the student’s learning experience. We are so proud of the great job Mr. Buckrucker is doing with the band and look forward to seeing them perform in September.”
Navarro College is committed to achieving academic excellence with a strong focus on student success. Training students in the classroom, as well as the band field, are important to the college’s efforts. The Sound of Navarro is expected to continue its growth, resulting in continued student success, and Buckrucker is going to great lengths to make sure this is the case.
About Navarro College:
Navarro College is a public, two-year college just 40 minutes south of Dallas, Texas. The college’s main campus is located in Corsicana with other campuses in Waxahachie, Mexia, Midlothian and a center in Fairfield. The college currently has a total enrollment of more than 10,000 students. Visit us online at navarrocollege.edu and connect with us on Twitter @NavarroCollege or by using #NavarroCollege.