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At a reception in the Lake ...
At a reception in the Lake Jackson Intermediate School band hall, Grant Scoggins was honored for writing the school's fight song, as well as the alma maters for Brazosport and Brazoswood high schools.
Plaques commemorating the three songs were dedicated and will be on permanent display at the schools.Scoggins came to Lake Jackson in 1947 to become the band director at Lake Jackson Junior High - now the intermediate school - which still was under construction.He
wrote a fight song for the new school that first fall.Three years later, he was hired to be the band director at the new Brazosport High School in Freeport and then quickly penned that school's fight song as well.
Roughly 20 years later, long after he
had left education, Brazoswood staged a contest to determine a fight song.
Grant Scoggins, 85, explains ...
Grant Scoggins, 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.
Grant Scoggins, 84, led the band in the school's alma mater, the lyrics and music for which Scoggins wrote when he was band director at Brazosport in the 1950s.
After the ceremony, Scoggins
said it had been a long time since he
had directed the playing of the alma mater.
"I haven't led that song since 1956," he
said."The kids are still beautiful."
led the band, John Magee, for whom the auditorium was named, led the choir in the lyrics of the song.
Grant Scoggins HonoredThe Board of Trustees recognized Grant Scoggins for his positive influence on Lake Jackson Intermediate and Brazosport and Brazoswood High Schools; the lives of students at those campuses; and the entire Brazosport community.In requesting the Board's action, Sharon Suggs-White recounted that Grant Scoggins came to Lake Jackson Junior High School (now Lake Jackson Intermediate School) as that school's first band director.
brought school spirit to Lake Jackson Junior High and composed the music and lyrics to the Lake Jackson Fight Song in 1947.In 1950, Mr. Scoggins became the band director for the "new" Brazosport High School, where he composed the lyrics for the Brazosport High School Alma Mater.
In 1969, Mr. Scoggins
also composed the music and lyrics for the Brazoswood High School Alma Mater.Board members thanked Ms. Suggs-White for her presentation and voted unanimously to place commemorative plaques honoring Mr. Scoggins
at Lake Jackson Intermediate School and Brazosport and Brazoswood High Schools
Grant Scoggins, band director, said that, according to his records, the 120 students taking part in the sale had exceeded last year's total sales by about $625, and that the band's share of the total share this year was about $300 more than last year's share.