Inspiring Students through Music
When Myron Massey, Jr. graduated from West Rowan High School in 2006, he knew he wanted to become a music teacher. Inspired by his band director, Ms. Tammy Reyes, Myron wanted to inspire students just as Ms. Reyes had inspired him. With that goal in mind, he started his freshman year that fall at UNC-Chapel Hill as a music major.
Excelling as a student on campus, during his senior year as a Tar Heel, Myron had the distinguished honor of becoming drum major for the marching band. Interestingly enough, another West Rowan student inspired by Ms. Reyes, Tremayne Smith, became drum major at East Carolina that same year.
When UNC-Chapel Hill and East Carolina met on the football field in the fall, there was no one prouder than Ms. Reyes at halftime to see her former students take the spotlight. She said she will never forget that game. Myron is quick to point out that Carolina won. Tremayne, with his unique sense of humor said, “That may be true, but Chapel Hill didn’t have a “back-flipping” drum major like East Carolina.”
Since that game and since graduation, both Tremayne and Myron have become band directors at their respective high schools, inspiring and passing on the love of music to another generation of students just like their band director, Ms. Reyes did for them. To read more of their story, check out the following link:
Congratulations, Ms. Reyes! For inspiring students to love not only music, but life, you are my favorite person of the week.
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