Mr. John Woody, the music teacher at Wallace Elementary School in Parker for the past 48 years, is retiring. On Tuesday night Woody’s final band concert was presented to a packed room of parents, with three bands (beginners, intermediates and advanced levels) performing.
“I’m 49 years old, and he taught me how to play an instrument!” said one Parker resident.
Another: “Mr. Woody taught me music, and now he’s teaching my son.”
The sentiments were echoed again and again; John Woody has been a mainstay of the Parker Unified School District’s music program for almost half a century. Many parents and grandparents say they will miss his influence on Parker area students.
Woody was presented with a plaque after he presented students with awards, and the audience in the bleachers rose to their feet in appreciation of the time he spent educating.
In a moment of freewheeling instinct, Woody even allowed the band to finish the evening with a song they had “not fully rehearsed”, a favorite of the students: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”.
It sounded great to the audience, who cheered loudly at the end.