‘Perry’s Legacy’ to make debut

Music composition honors former RHS, RJH band director

Former RHS Band Director Jim Perry will direct piece named in his honor in May 17 RHS concert. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Former RHS Band Director Jim Perry will direct piece named in his honor in May 17 RHS concert. Reporter/Mike Brown Jim Perry has made countless trips back to Rockdale since he left the RISD’s music program in 1985, but never one like he’s about to make on May 17.

The former Rockdale High School, and Rockdale Junior-High School director will conduct a new musical composition “Perry’s Legacy,” named in his honor, during the annual Parade of Bands and Art Exhibition, at RHS.

Artwork by hundreds of the students will be on display at 6 p.m., along with the new murals painted by RHS students.

Doors open for the Parade of Bands at 6:45 p.m. with the event beginning at 7.

LEGACY—The new piece was written by Darrington White, currently band director at the Malakoff ISD, and a longtime friend of Perry.

White is a graduate of the University of North Texas and has conducted Texas high school bands for more than 20 years.

Perry was RHS Band Director from 1981-85 and was junior-high director for most of the nine previous years when Don Thoede led the RISD band program.

Perry has made numerous trips back to Rockdale over the years—he conducted a clinic for RISD bands last month—for musical seminars and to attend reunions of bands and RHS classes.

Now retired, Perry lives on a farm near Dublin, but is often called into service to judge Texas musical competitions at the highest level.

SCHEDULE—Adrian Acevedo, RHS band director, said the RJH Beginner’s Band will begin the evening, followed by the RHS Jazz Ensemble and the faculty jazz combo.

After the “Perry’s Legacy” performance, the award-winning RHS Big Blue Band will close the evening with their performance of music being prepared for a Walt Disney World appearance June 6.

Acevedo said the traditional “Exodus” will be played in honor of graduating seniors.

He said awards will be presented throughout the evening in recognition of students who have excelled throughout the school year.

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