, 85, explains the jazz CD playing in the background came from and old-school source.
"I just bought the right equipment to record these records on CDs," Grant Scoggins
said."I have hundreds of records."He
has music in his
soul - "He
is Mr. Music.He
hums and sings all the time," his
wife says - and he
has provided the musical soul to three Brazosport ISD schools.Scoggins
wrote the fight song for Lake Jackson Intermediate School, "On Lake Jackson," as well as the alma maters for Brazosport
and Brazoswood high schools.He
will be honored at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Lake Jackson Intermediate School's band hall, where three plaques honoring those songs will be dedicated.
"This is a humbling experience for the district to put my name on a plaque," Scoggins
Striking up the bandsScoggins came to Lake Jackson in 1947 at the invitation of some friends who worked at Dow Chemical Co., he said.Lake Jackson Junior High School
- now Lake Jackson Intermediate - was under construction and needed a band director.Fresh out of the University of Oklahoma with a master's in music education, his friends thought he would be the right man for the job.
"I came down for a weekend, met with the principal, and he
hired me," Scoggins
started that fall, holding classes in the Baptist church next where to the school was being built.A school building wasn't all the junior high was missing.
"The school had just opened, we had a football team and band, but no song," Scoggins
had arranged and written some music in college, so he
decided to write a fight song for the new school.He
based it on the University of Wisconsin's
fight song, "On Wisconsin."
"I was very motivated, it was a vibrant new town and they needed a song," he
After three years at the junior high, he
found himself in a familiar position.A new school, Brazosport High School
, was being built, it needed a band director and Scoggins
"I couldn't believe they liked me so much," he
Of course, Brazosport
also lacked a fight song when he
went to work again.He
took inspiration from the Southwestern University fight song, and out came the Brazosport alma mater, he
said.After serving as Brazosport's band director for six years, Scoggins resigned from education for personal reasonsScoggins
said it is the Brazoswood alma mater he
is most proud of writing, and the story behind it is quite different.
"When I would get home my father would ask me to play a piece of music from the sheet and I couldn't because I was used to playing by ear," Scoggins
said."Well, I didn't take lessons much more after he
found that out."He has kept up with his music skills through the years by playing in dance bands and being the church choir director, he said.
Whipping open his
fingers and began playing a tune, proving he
still has the touch.