Stuttgart High, Arkansas
I found the job at Stuttgart the old fashioned way, I got a map of Arkansas and sent a letter to every school district that was large enough to be "yellow" on the map. As the Lord leads, I was called by Mr. J. D. Clary, Superintendent of Schools in Stuttgart. They had not had a choir there in 18 years and he wanted me to build a choral program we could be proud of. The first year I had 17 girls (in two classes) and taught elementary, junior high and high school music. That was the beginning of school year 1965-66.
The second year (1966-67) at Stuttgart was a real growing year. We jumped in numbers to over 35 in choir at the high school and 40 in the junior high and I was still teaching 500 plus students general music at the Junior High. The district had hired two full time elementary teachers so I was not doing that anymore.
The choir had a large role to play in the new Religious Emphasis Week program.
Construction began on the new high school this year also.
School year 1967-68 saw the choirs triple is size to over 100 at the high school and the creation of "The Ricelanders", a sixteen voice ensemble and we sent three kids to All-State Choir for the first time.
Choir becomes the largest organization at the school in 1968-69 with 156 in three choirs and two special ensembles, The Ricelanders and The Girls Ensemble. We also placed 8 in All-State Choir this year. Some of the pictures are from the 1969 Ricebird year book upon which a lot of you had written your names and circled your faces. We also had six choirs at the junior high.
Our Parade Float
I regret that I have not found any recordings of our singing at Stuttgart. If anyone has any let me know.
My First Class