By CATHY MOUNCE
Register Staff Writer
The Gainesville Leopard football team is not the only group at Gainesville High School (GHS) braving the triple digits as they train for the upcoming foot ball season. The 45 plus member GHS Leopard band under the direction of Taylor Kami and assistant director David Weilby is working hard to fine tune marching techniques as well as musical selections under the hot Texas sun.
In his fourth year at GHS, University of North Texas graduate Kami has an easy way of directing the students and they respond to his discipline and high ethical standards. For Kami, it is not just about the music. It is easily seen that he has built a level of trust and reciprocal respect with the students and they look to him for direction.
He blends lessons of discipline, integrity and courtesy along with the music he loves.
Sierra Davis, age 15, is a percussionist in the band and says that all the kids like Mr. Kami.
She said, “He is an awesome teacher.”
David Weilby is the assistant director for GHS as well as the director of the Middle School Band program. He is a graduate of Lamar University with a bachelors and masters degree in music,
Weilby and Kami are a dedicated team working to grow the Gainesville music program with over 172 students currently participating in the district’s program.
“Together we are working hard to instill a love for music and band at an early age so that when these kids get to high school, they will be excited about being part of the band program,” Weilby said. “Music is a form of expression that reaches everyone.”
He continued, “It is the first art form and has been with mankind for all time. It speaks when we cannot put words together to express how or what we are feeling.”
Kami and Weilby work well together and complement each other’s style and drive for the extended music program.
They both hope that students will appreciate a variety of music and understand that music can cross all barriers.
Kami is decisive and optimistic about the upcoming school year.
“We want to be more prepared and focus on hyping up the crowd to support our teams,” he said. “We hope to do well at all our competitions and it is my job to prepare the students for all of our endeavors.”
Kami blends in well with the youthfulness of his students. Living in Denton, he is married to wife Allison and dedicated to his two year old daughter Evangeline.
“Music was always what I wanted to do with my life,” Kami continued. “I am looking forward to seeing where it takes us this year.”