Randy Box has taught in four school districts in his 42-year career, most recently at West Memphis High School in Arkansas. In this first part of our conversation he talks about his early influences, taking his band to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade twice, and the importance of the acronym T-S-B-N-A-F-W-A-E-I-N.
Randal Box was appointed Director of Bands at West Memphis High School and Supervisor of Bands for the West Memphis School District following his retirement as Director of Bands at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee in May of 2018. Now in his forty-third year as a band director, he taught in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and Clarksville, Tennessee, before teaching at Brentwood High School for 27 years, and holds degrees from Middle Tennessee State University and Arkansas State University.
Under Mr. Box’s direction, the Brentwood Band traveled extensively. The band performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in 1995 and 2001, as well as performances in Honolulu, Phoenix, Miami, New Orleans, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta and Indianapolis. Mr. Box was music director of the Tennessee Ambassadors of Music from 2003 until 2019, leading outstanding high school music students from across the state on nine European concert tours. Over the course of a 16 day tour the Ambassadors visited seven countries and presented five band and five choir concerts for European audiences.
In 2007 the Brentwood Marching Band recorded for country music superstar Brad Paisley’s hit “Online” and appeared live with Paisley on the 2007 Country Music Association Awards, performing for an estimated international audience of over 30 million viewers.
Mr. Box is a past-president of the Middle Tennessee School Band & Orchestra Association and the Tennessee Bandmasters Association. He served TMEA as State Jazz Chair, Conference Program Chair, and Conference Performance Auditions Chair, and is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu. He was featured in the cover article of the July 2008 Instrumentalist magazine, and in 2011 was named a "John Philip Sousa Foundation Legion of Honor Laureate." In April of 2013 Mr. Box was inducted into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame, and in 2019 the Tennessee Bandmasters Association elected Mr. Box to membership in the Tennessee Bandmasters Hall of Fame.
Mr. Box and his wife Tawana, also a notable music educator having placed numerous studio flute students in all-region and all-state bands for over 30 years, have four children. All four as well as one son-in-law have taught music in the public schools of Tennessee.
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