Name, Job Title, Classes you teach?
Cameron Mayfield, Tiger Band Director, Brass, Percussion and Woodwinds
Where did you go to college? What is your degree(s) or field of study?
Northwestern State University (Fork ‘em Demons!) Bachelor of Music Education
What is the most interesting part of your job?
All the moving parts of getting a band program together. We’re in the beginning of marching season and I’m planning out halftime shows, while already working on a trip in March and concerts as far away as May.
How long have you been working for Holy Cross School?
This is my first year here.
What is one thing that you think makes Holy Cross School a special place?
The family environment. I have never felt so immediately welcomed by a group of people as I have here. Our band is a family within the school, and they are learning to have a great time while working their tails off to improve every rehearsal.
Tell us about your favorite memory as a teacher.
I love band camp. Being at the Alario Center for five days, twelve hours a day, learning drill and playing music sounds like a lot, but it is the most energizing fun that you could start the year off with. This year, we’ve been watching our halftime show slowly evolve into something more and more ridiculous, and that all started at camp. The original idea was to have the whole band playing on buckets at one point in the show, and now we’re literally bringing everything out there including the kitchen sink and a sledgehammer. You’ve got to see it to fully understand.
Tell us about your teaching philosophy.
I love music, and the creativity of playing an instrument. A huge part of what I do is teaching students to love it just as much as I do. That is as relevant to the teaching of music as teaching embouchure, slide positions or proper technique. I want my students to graduate with a firm grasp of musical fundamentals and theory, as well as a sincere desire to play and enjoy music.