Bobby W Heathcock
Director of Bands
Bobby W Heathcock:
At the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, University of Houston Grad, Bobby W. Heathcock will retire completing 36 years as a Texas Band Director and his 19th year as Director of Bands at Conroe High School. Twenty-nine-time teacher of the year and outstanding educator award recipient, Bobby W. Heathcock, will continue to follow his philosophy of the celebration of everything that makes everyone who they are. This strong belief has allowed for the forming of great “partnerships” with his students, which propel them to higher levels of achievement and excellence.
He has been widely known as a great motivator and builder of bands and orchestras. Under his leadership, the Conroe Tiger Band has grown from 42 to 464 members for the 2020-2021 school year and all indicators point to a membership of well over 500 for the 2021-2022 school year. He states the growth success is because of the strong, talented vertical Conroe HS Feeder band staff that believes in kids.
His bands and orchestras have earned many, many UIL Sweepstakes awards, 11 Best in Class awards, six grand champion awards, many “Top 10” marching band finishes and UIL advancements. His groups have earned one Symphony Orchestra National Title, one Top 20 Texas State Orchestra ranking, one National NAI Honor Band Title, two Mark of Excellence Commendations (national top 20), one MFA/BOA Indianapolis Music Festival performance (national top 20), and one New Year's Day Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade performance.
During his decorated career, he has served the Texas Music Educators Association as the brass clinician for the TMEA All-State Philharmonic Orchestra and served as Texas All-State selection adjudicator. He has presented several school district in-services on “How to Build Bigger and Better Bands” and “A Band for Everyone.” He has served as guest panelist for the Texas Bandmasters Association, served as guest speaker for various functions, luncheons and dinners and continues to serve as a clinician and UIL band adjudicator.
Heathcock, who strongly believes every child should succeed regardless of circumstance, has also received commendations from Former Texas Commissioner of Education, Mike Moses, Former President George HW Bush, Former President George W Bush, UIL State Music Director, Richard Floyd, the Texas State Senate, and the Texas House of Representatives. He has also received commendations from the Conroe City Council, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Former Houston Mayor, Lee Brown and was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery County Project Hope Foundation.
Bobby W. Heathcock states that of the many honor he and his students have accomplished together, the ones important are that he has been allowed to be a small part of so many wonderful lives and that his students also allow him the honor of referring to them as sons and daughters.