June 12, 2019
June 12, 2019—Gloria Ramirez, Langham Creek High School director of bands, was recently named the recipient of the 2019 Meritorious Achievement Award for outstanding commitment to music education from the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA).
“When I was first told about the award, I was completely taken off guard,” Ramirez said. “Texas has so many phenomenal music educators and I never imagined I would be considered for this honor. I am humbled to receive this award, but mostly, I am grateful to have a career that has afforded me the opportunity to share my passion and love for music with such wonderful students.”
Ramirez has 38 years of experience in music education at both the middle and high school levels. Ramirez taught music in Spring ISD and Humble ISD before coming to Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. She currently is responsible for directing the Langham Creek Wind Ensemble, the Lobo Marching Band, the Jazz Band and assisting with the Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and Concert Winds.
Coinciding with her nearly 40 years in music education, Ramirez and her bands received many recognitions and awards. Her concert ensembles received superior ratings at UIL and sight-reading contests and recognized at both the state and national levels. Ramirez’s ensembles have been named “Best in Class” and “Best Ensemble” at numerous festivals. In April 2017, she was featured on the cover of International Musician magazine and in 2016, she was a nominee for Music Educator of the Year. In 2008, Ramirez received the TMEA Leadership and Achievement Award. This year, Ramirez was also named Langham Creek’s Teacher of the Year.
The Texas Bandmasters Association promotes the value of music education and the important role instrumental music plays in cultural, intellectual and social aspects of life. Each year, TBA recognizes music educators who have made a difference in the lives of band students in Texas.
The Meritorious Achievement Award will be presented to Ramirez during a ceremony on July 25 in San Antonio.