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Survival of the Fittest: The Small School Band Director

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  • You are THE band director in your small school and community. This clinic provides you with professional and personal tips for surviving and being successful in the small school setting.
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  • 12/20/2017 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Meeting Room W187
  • Donny Longest recently retired after 33 years of teaching in Oklahoma, having taught in Hennessey, Shawnee, and the last 21 years in Konawa. Mr. Longest is a member of several professional organizations such as the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Phie Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, and the National Association for Music Education. Mr. Longest is a Past-President of the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association, the East Central Band Directors Association, and the Oklahoma Music Adjudicators Association. Mr. Longest was named the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Band Director of the Year in 2004. In 2006 he was one of the twelve finalists for the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year. Mr. Longest currently serves as the Executive Secretary for the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association. Mr. Longest was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 2015. During his time at Konawa the Konawa Band received a Superior rating at the OSSAA Regional Marching Contest for 20 consecutive years and a Superior rating at the OSSAA District Concert Contest for twenty consecutive years. The Konawa Band received the OSSAA Sweepstakes Award 12 times since 2000. The Konawa Band was an honor group at the Oklahoma Music Educators state conference in 2015.