A longtime fixture in Hays CISD’s fine arts department will become the inaugural band director at Johnson High when the campus opens in August 2019.
Joey Lucita, current head band director at Lehman High, was named as the first director to lead Johnson High’s concert and marching bands, according to a Hays CISD press release. Lucita has been a part of Hays CISD’s fine arts department for 25 years.
Lucita began his career as an educator in 1991 as an assistant band director at West Columbia High, which was followed by working as an assistant director at Port Lavaca Calhoun High in 1992.
In 1994, Lucita was hired as associate band director at Hays High. He was later hired as the inaugural band director at Lehman High in 2004.
“I believe that these additional roles are a key component to being fully invested in not just the well-being of a campus program, but in the success of a campus as a whole, and that of the district and our community,” said Lucita in a statement.
During his tenure, Lucita has led two bands to the UIL state marching competition final rounds; 24 bands have earned UIL sweepstakes awards in competition.
Under his direction, numerous bands have earned best in class and first division awards at both marching and concert festivals.
Recently hired Johnson High Principal Brett Miksch said that he was “thrilled” Lucita sought the opportunity to join the campus staff.
“He has an award-winning track record in our district and I know he will help our students put the Jaguar music program on the map from day one,” Miksch said. “The opportunity to start a full music program at a new high school, and to help grow that program into something successful presents unique and exciting possibilities.”