AUSTIN – The music director for the University Interscholastic League has retired after 29 years.
Richard Floyd began serving Texas schools as part of the UIL in 1984.
“The past 29 years have been an amazing chapter of my life,” said Floyd.
During his career at the UIL Floyd implemented the State Wind Ensemble Festival and the online version of the Prescribed Music List.
He also implemented the online entry systems for UIL music competitions and spearheaded the development of judging rubrics for all UIL music competitions.
Floyd was recently inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. He became one of only three of 298 high school hall of fame members to be honored for contributions to fine arts. The majority of the inductees are involved in athletics and administration.
“It has been and will remain my goal to make the best music I know how and hopefully make a difference in the lives of music educators and their students,” Floyd said.
“He’s the premiere band-master in the world,” said Dr. Charles Breithaupt, UIL executive director. “He knows more about educational competition in regards to music than anyone else alive. He has more understanding of what’s best for educational competition in music than any person dead or alive.”
Floyd served as band director at Richardson Junior High School and Richardson Pearce High School and Director of Fine Arts for Richardson ISD before beginning his career with the UIL. He also served on the faculty at the University of South Florida and Baylor University.
Floyd will remain on a part-time capacity until a replacement is hired.