DCPS superintendent will be guest conductor at spring concert
By Stephanie Salmons Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 am
Daviess County Public Schools Superintendent Owens Saylor says music is really his first love.
"I was a high school band director for 18 years," he said Thursday. "I loved the job and had a wonderful experience."
Saylor will again pick up the conductor's baton to lead the bands of Apollo and Daviess County high schools in a performance of "My Old Kentucky Home" during the schools' spring concert, which is 5 p.m. May 17, on the front lawn of Kentucky Wesleyan College, 3000 Frederica St.
Going through the ranks, from band director to principal, assistant superintendent and eventually superintendent, Saylor said he never lost his love of watching and listening to performances.
Musical performance is "a big job," he said, and he appreciates the work of the teachers and students.
"Students and teachers are so dedicated," said Saylor. "It really is lifeblood for them. I know how that feels."
Saylor, also a member of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra board of directors, said in a release that music and arts are "valuable elements of a student's overall education experience."
"Band is a unique area within the high school curriculum," said DuWayne Dale, Daviess County High School director of bands, in the release. "There are many challenges to fostering a successful band program that require the support and understanding of administrators at all levels to meet and overcome. We are fortunate to have that support within the DCPS district. Beyond that, it is invaluable to have a superintendent who not only appreciates and supports music programs, but, having been a band director himself, truly understands the operation of high school bands and how to provide the environment necessary for them to thrive."
Apollo High School Band Director Kevin Callihan said in the release the band programs are fortunate to have a superintendent who has the knowledge and ability to make music with the students.
"This is an invaluable experience for our children," he said. "Typically, administrators show their support for a program by being present at performance events and speaking on behalf of the program. In our case, Mr. Saylor can show support for the performing arts in Daviess County by sharing his musical experiences and expertise without students."
Saylor is completing his second year as superintendent of Daviess County Public Schools.