Band instructor improves for students

Walking down the hall on your way to lunch, you hear the music coming from the hall next to you. That is a sound that five years ago you wouldn’t have heard before Mr. Jesse Woolery came to Denton High School.


Woolery, the Jazz Band instructor, who was named teacher of the year on Monday, Jan. 2nd , has seen his program grow from five students to the current enrollment of 60.


“Being named teacher of the year was a huge honor,” Woolery said, “I wasn’t expecting to get this award, all I do each and every day is try to make myself a better educator.”


It’s his easy going personality and calm demeanor that has attracted kids to the band.


 “I think it’s partially my personality and the music that drives kids to the jazz band,” Woolery said “I just want kids to know that we have a big family here at DHS and they should come and be a part of it.”


His band students feel the same way about Woolery as they do their music.


 “He’s the reason we’re so good,” sophomore Truett Ide said. “He’s so passionate, we can feel his greatness. We’re the best because he’s the best. He definitely deserves the award.”


Director of bands Mr. Brian Wilson also knows how important Woolery is to him and his program as the overall band programs numbers have grown as well.


 “He’s extremely [important]. He makes sure everyone goes one step at a time and I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this award,” Wilson said.  “He[Woolery]  makes my job easier. If he sees a problem he does everything in his power to fix it and is always open to new ways of thinking.”


Without Woolery coming to the rescue the jazz band could still be floundering like it was five years ago and his students know it.


“He’s vital to the band and without him we’d still be a four person band, maybe less,” sophomore Seth Cope said. “This program was going nowhere and no one wanted to be a part of it before he came.”