The Legacy of the Eagle

The Legacy of the Eagle

by Barbara-Scott Kolb

The spirit of Argyle lies within sports and music. There has been one individual whose work coupled these talents in a manner that consistently amazed the community year after year. One who will be remembered as one of the best directors Argyle High School has ever had the privilege of witnessing. The leader of the Argyle High School band, Director Kathy Johnson, is stepping down after fulfilling a career that every aspiring music director could dream of. Under Johnson’s leadership, the AHS Band soared to incredible heights, bringing home four UIL state marching band titles. She led them to perform at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra. In 2009, her group of young musicians even captured the title for the Most Outstanding Band Program.

The trajectory of the AHS band has been truly astonishing due to the impact of Johnson’s guidance. While leading such a stellar program, she simultaneously served on the board of several distinguished associations, such as the American Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators and Bandmasters Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, Women’s Band Directors International, and the Texas Music Adjudicators Association.

Johnson’s competence and success in the music industry are undeniable, but her commitment to instilling important values in her students is the most valuable trait of her leadership. “I hope all of the students that have gone through this program will embody the concepts of strong work and personal ethics, exceptional moral character and always strive for excellence in all areas of their lives,” explained Johnson.

That shared goal for excellence is what makes every AHS Band half-time performance stunning. As students, family, and friends pour into the bleachers for the Friday night football game, an equal amount of enthusiasm is shared to witness performances of both the game and an incredible half-time show. “Excellence is something you always strive for but should always be just beyond your grasp. The more you strive for it, the higher the ceiling becomes; that’s how excellence evolves,” said Johnson.

The conviction for personal morals and work ethic is what distinguishes Johnson as one of the preeminent leaders in the music industry. When asked for a depiction of Johnson’s time at Argyle, she stated how moved she was by the extraordinary students. Students who worked with commitment, pride, and high standards.

The pride Johnson instilled in the Argyle community for music set the standard for every succeeding director. AHS will forever be in her debt for such wisdom and guidance. This town will remember that Johnson’s direction shaped one of the best marching bands in the state. “I’ve been known to talk to my students about legacy. What each person leaves when they graduate. I hope my legacy will live in all of the students who have gone through this program,” said Johnson.

Johnson will continue her work as a band program consultant, mentor, teacher, and judge. She stated the magnitude in which she will miss her Argyle Eagle family but has incredible faith in her successor. And will be cheering from afar!

Director Johnson, your legacy of an Eagle will forever remain in the spirit of Argyle.

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