Richard Floyd, University Interscholastic League (UIL) Music Director retired on Sept. 1, following 29 years of service. Floyd will remain with the League in a part-time capacity to ensure a smooth transition.
Floyd has served Texas schools as a part of the UIL since 1984. During his tenure at the UIL, Floyd implemented the State Wind Ensemble Festival and the online version of the Prescribed Music List. Floyd facilitated the increase in participation of all musical activities. In addition, Floyd pioneered the online entry systems for UIL music competitions and spearheaded the development of judging rubrics for all UIL music competitions.
“The past 29 years have been an amazing chapter of my life,” said Floyd. “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 received multiple awards throughout his career, most recently he was inducted in the National High School Hall of Fame. Of 298 High School Hall of Fame members, Floyd became one of only three to be honored for contributions to fine arts. The majority of the inductees are involved in athletics and administration.
“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.”
Prior to working at the UIL, Floyd served as band director at Richardson Junior High School and Richardson Pearce High School and Director of Fine Arts for Richardson ISD. Floyd also served on the faculty at the University of South Florida and Baylor University.