Waymon Bullock, longtime Lufkin High School band director, dies

Waymon Bullock, longtime Lufkin High School band director, dies
Waymon Bullock (Source: Facebook)
Waymon Bullock (Source: Facebook)

ETOILE, TX (KTRE) - A longtime band director for the Lufkin Independent School District died Wednesday morning.

Waymon Bullock, who graduated from Lufkin High School in 1954, started teaching with Lufkin ISD in 1964. He taught with the district for 22 years. After first serving as the junior high band director, he moved on to be the LHS band director.

The funeral will be held at Lufkin Middle School at 3 p.m.

During his years at Lufkin High School, Bullock, 78, of Etoile, earned a master's degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, where he also got his public administrator's certificate.

"The Lufkin High School band was selected to represent Texas as the Honor Band at the Four States Bandmasters Association in 1982," Bullock's Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame biography stated. "His concert bands successfully competed in national contests in St. Louis, Kansas City, Daytona Beach, and Gatlinburg. While in Lufkin, Waymon's bands received 20 UIL Sweepstakes Awards. His marching bands were at the forefront in developing the present military style drill used by many of today's East Texas bands."

According to the biography, videos and films of the Lufkin High School band's marching drills have made the rounds with band programs all over the country. In addition, "many innovations and creations used in those drills have become standard techniques for military marching bands."

Following a school-related accident in 1984, Bullock was granted disability retirement in 1987.

The biography stated that Bullock was elected "Band Czar" in the late 1970s or early 1980s. As the "Band Czar" he oversaw bands and served as a mentor to young band directors. He served as the "Band Czar" for Garrison in 1993, Huntington in 1998, and Hemphill in 2000.

"Waymon taught Brass Methods classes at Stephen F. Austin, and has been acting as consultant to the Nacogdoches band program," the biography stated. "He was highly sought after in the area of music as a consultant, clinician, and adjudicator throughout Texas and surrounding states."

Bullock served as the executive secretary for the Region XXI UIL Music. In addition, he has served as the area UIL marching contest director since its inception, and he was executive secretary of the National Association of Military Band, which he helped form in 1979.

"In 1994, Waymon was inducted into the Stephen F. Austin University Band Directors Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was awarded the Lifetime Meritorious Achievement Award by TBA," the biography. "He is past President of the National Association of Military Marching Bands, past President of TBA, a charter member of TMAA, a member of TMEA and Phi Beta Mu."

Bullock was born in Homer on May 27, 1936. While he was a student at Lufkin High School, he studied instrumental music with Carl Lively and the late Hugh Byrd, according to the biography. He attended Lamar University after he graduated from LHS, and taught in Diboll and Dayton before he returned to Lufkin.

When he wasn't designing marching drills and composing music, Bullock enjoyed fishing and gardening, and he is survived by Kay, his wife of 45 years, four children, and 13 grandchildren, according to a bio in SFA's "Sawdust" magazine.

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