By Connor Duskie, Langham Creek HS
CYPRESS TEXAS — Many teachers will say the profession is a difficult but rewarding one. Fewer can claim a career that is encompassed in 38 years of experience, numerous trophies and accolades, and an upcoming prestigious honor from one’s peers at the state level.
One person that can make that claim is Gloria Ramirez, longtime Langham Creek High School director of bands.
Ramirez will be among three directors who will be awarded the Texas Bandmasters Association’s Meritorious Achievement Award this summer. The achievement honors exemplary directors and their lifelong commitment and dedication to music education.
“I’ve been really fortunate in my career,” said Ramirez, who came to Langham Creek in 2003.
Ramirez will be honored during the Texas Bandmasters Association’s annual convention and clinic, which will be held July 25-27 in San Antonio.
“Ms. Ramirez is a fabulous band director and her bands have had much success over many years,” Langham Creek Principal David Hughes said. “I think the recognition that she’s getting is very deserving, it’s a great reflection of her performance over many years.”
Ramirez seemingly always had a passion for music, though becoming a professional came to light as a trumpeter in middle school.
“In the eighth grade was when I knew I wanted to be a band director,” she said. “After making first chair in region band.”
Prior to serving as the director of bands at Langham Creek, Ramirez served in the same role for 11 years at Wells Middle School in Spring ISD.
Even with a career that is approaching four decades, Ramirez acknowledged she and others can still learn more to improve.
“After 38 years, is there something new?” she said. “There’s always something new.”
Part of her success comes from fellow directors and colleagues who have helped make and keep the bands and ensembles at Langham Creek competitive year after year. Assistant band directors Alex Denton and Marshall Thomas have both been with Ramirez for at least five years.
In addition, Ramirez interacts in some form or fashion with more than 200 students each year in the band program. Her impact on students goes beyond ensemble accolades and personal achievements for the Langham Creek musicians.
“She is a really influential person because not only does she make you a better player and performer, but a better person,” said Langham Creek senior Andrew Cliburn, a clarinetist who earned all-state honors this year.
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