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Gaylord also devotes much of his time to sports, particularly the youth football and cheerleading program, of which he is president.
"That was my start having good teachers and good administrators who really cared. They got me to go to Syracuse (University) on a scholarship," he said. "I learned from my former teachers and administrators how to do things well, how to set goals, adopt a good work ethic and lead by example. The visual arts and theatre departments make sure that carries over."
Under Gaylord's direction, fifth grade students have an opportunity to play in both standard band and jazz band. Middle school students can be in band, chorus or strings, with sixth graders playing the violin and cello.
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Despite the project being the most significant thing he's tackled, he said it was the parents the parents of the artists in particular who formed an advocacy group and promoted the project.
During Gaylord's tenure as arts director, the arts have flourished in Middletown, and Gaylord attributes that to his community.
And incidentally, the new high school project is his most significant accomplishment as director of fine arts, he said.
"After the first referendum failed, a group of parents formed SOS Save our School," he said. "The music and arts parents dedicated themselves to getting the referendum passed."
Michael Gosselin, choral director of Middletown High School's Music program, began teaching at Woodrow Wilson Middle School shortly after Gaylord started there, and worked with him ever since.
"I am a product of Middletown public schools. I am the product of the school music program for students of need," Gaylord said of his student days, a time when his parents occasionally had to struggle to get by. "The school system even back then, in the 60s and 70s, had a program for music."
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"I couldn't do any of these things without the wonderful people in the community," he said. "There are a lot of wonderful people who do what I do."
"I started teaching at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in the 1988 89 school year," he said.
"His passion is obvious," Gosselin said of Gaylord. "He is really dedicated to the programs, to the school and to the community. He is a really strong leader in the arts in Middletown."
Gaylord also points to the Middletown School System as a factor in his success.
he wears many more hats than just those.
Gaylord said he was "honored" and appreciative of his selection, but reiterated others who work with him.
And this year, he said, will be his last year teaching in the district, Balenciaga Price List as his new responsibilities as director of operations consumes too much time.
"Being a music teacher and a coach are the same thing, getting the most out of your ensemble or team," he said.
The construction of the new high school, with its state of the art theatre, made the summer programs possible.
But Gaylord isn't so quick to take sole credit for the arts rich programming and opportunities in the schools and the city, for that matter, attributing the successes of the program to the energy, support and enthusiasm of his colleagues.
Another opportunity the students enjoy thanks to Gaylord's prowess when it comes to creating programs is the summer theatre camp.
"The facility at the old school was not adequate," he said. "There is more performance and fine arts available."
The individual who nominated Gaylord touched on a number of his accomplishments: He coached the high school band that led the parade at Walt Disney World in April, and performed at the presidential inauguration. He organizes winter and spring concerts at all city schools as well as the All City performance, which incorporates students from fourth grade through high school, playing in one concert before more than 2,000 people at Wesleyan's ice rink.
mind getting involved."
"The high school program was a great success over the summer. It's now at the middle schools and elementary schools," he said. "The summer is a perfect time to do this. The department has a discussion, and the kids participate."
And for that program, Gaylord learned to play the french horn and later the trombone.
After graduating from Syracuse, Gaylord worked briefly as a teacher for an Oxford school. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity opened up in Middletown, and Gaylord "came back home."
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"The All City Music Fest drew 3,000 people," he said. "Our theatre programs, Middletown High School goes to the Symphony, they all get community support. There are 3,000 who come out for these. That's not just parents."
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