Wayne Tucker passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at age 68. A resident of San Antonio, Texas, for the past several years, Wayne was Head Band Director of the Mighty Unicorn Band at New Braunfels High School from 1979 to 1991. When he retired from teaching, he became Manager of the Band and Orchestra Department at Southern Music Company in San Antonio, Texas.

Wayne was born on September 2, 1942, in Bartlesville, Okla. Wayne is survived by his wife Marilyn Hudson Tucker, who taught English and Latin in middle school, high school, and college before working as a technical writer for DPT in San Antonio. Wayne received a Bachelors of Music Education from Abilene Christian University and a Master's in Music Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Wayne was a band director at Brownwood Junior High; Lampasas High School; Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas; New Braunfels High School; San Marcos Middle School and Sweetwater High School. He touched thousands of young musicians' lives with his love for music, his strong work ethic, and his sense of humor. Throughout his 30 years as an educator, his bands and individual students won numerous awards at the state and national level.

Wayne passed on his love of music and teaching to his children. His daughter Katherine, an elementary music teacher in Floresville, is married to Brandon Johns, who is also a teacher. Katherine recently completed a Masters in Music Education at Texas State. Their two children are Cameron and Corinne. His son Andrew Tucker and Andrew's fiancé Kendal Bridges live in La Crosse, Wisc., where Andrew is Director of Athletic Bands at UW-L and Kendal teaches music in the public schools. Andrew recently completed a Doctorate in Music at the University of Indiana.

One of Wayne's former assistant band directors said her fondest memory is the advice he would give at the first meeting of the band staff at the beginning of every school year. Wayne would tell his assistants that, even though a student might have been a problem in the past, they should look at every band member as a new individual because some returning students probably matured over the summer and everyone deserves a second chance.

A memorial service will be held at the New Braunfels High School Band Hall on Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 3 p.m. The memorial service will be a time to celebrate his life through pictures and reminiscences. If you have any memories you would like to share, please contact Mr. Steve Hankins, who will be officiating the ceremony. You can e-mail the anecdote to be read aloud, or you can choose to stand and share your memories, but please let Mr. Hankins know at admin@theyellowboard.com .

The memorial service will conclude with a slide show of photographs, which is being arranged by David Campos, a former student of both Wayne and Marilyn.

If you have any pictures of Wayne you would like to share, please contact David at dcampos3@satx.rr.com. A memorial fund is being planned to commission a musical composition in his honor.

For information, contact Mr. Hankins at the e-mail address above.