2014 Roll of Distinction Honorees
Ronald Corbin began his teaching career at Bartow High School and in 1980 came to Martin County High School where he taught for the next 24 years. Ron assumed the leadership of all the vocal groups including OPUS, which is an acronym for ”Outstanding People United to Sing”. His choirs consistently earned superior ratings at district and state performance assessments and were recognized as Choirs of Distinction at by The Florida Vocal Association two years in a row. Ron has enriched the lives of thousands of young people during his teaching career giving them life lessons on hard work and dedication. The results speak for themselves.
2014 Hall of Fame Honorees
James W. Hughes started out as a frustrated band director. His first job in Florida was as a substitute at Hal Watkins Middle School. He started a choral program there and got the students so excited that the principal hired him to teach full time. Jim spent six years at Watkins before going to Jupiter High School where he developed one of the best programs in the state. Jim gave leadership to the Florida Vocal Association as district chairman and FVA State President (1987-89). Jim loves both music and he loves his students. He attributed his excellence in teaching to the late Harold Bradley, a great mentor and friend.
Woodrow Nail Jr. taught music in the Tampa area for twenty six years. Although he taught at the high school level, his main work was in middle school. His choirs consistently earned superiors at Music Performance Assessments. Woody was a sought after adjudicator and clinician. He served the Florida Vocal Association as a district chairman and was the state Junior High School Chairman. His quiet yet strong leadership earned him the respect of his peers. His educational philosophy is grounded in the belief that every child should be engaged in a liberal arts education.