Band director at Southwood High honored by statewide organization

Southwood High School
Southwood High School(KSLA)
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 4:57 PM CDT

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Southwood High School’s Band Director is being honored by the Louisiana Music Educators Association with the Robert L. Wilhite Award of Excellence, signifying the quality of his band program.

Lennard Holden has shared his gift of music at the high school for 15 years. He says his passion for music started at a young age.

“I remember as a high school kid thinking I knew how special I felt in that band program at Fair Park High School, and I wanted to recreate that for myself and other students,” he said.

Holden’s students say he is more than just a band director to them.

“He’s like a father figure to me. I get really excited when I come to his class. I have something to look forward to everyday when I’m at home everyday when I go home I’m like when am I going to go back to band practice,” said freshman Trinity McDaniel.

For Holden, he’s impacting the lives of students one instrument at a time.

“It’s more of a family. He pushes a lot of family-oriented characteristics onto us and it’s very nice,” freshman Jordan Black said.

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