Mr. Tracy Wright Biography
Ringgold High School Director of Bands
Tracy D. Wright is in his first year as the Director of Bands at Ringgold High School. For the previous 23 years he served as the Director of Bands at Ringgold Middle School and Assistant Director of the Marching Tiger Band. He also serves on the Operations Staff for the American Band College in Ashland, OR and the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, WA. Mr. Wright was named the RMS Teacher of the Year for the 2000-2001 academic year and has received three Citation of Excellence awards from the National Band Association (2002, 2005, 2011). Mr. Wright is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and an elected member of the American School Band Directors Association and Phi Beta Mu (Honorary Band Directors Fraternity). He has served GMEA on various committees, District VII band chair, and is currently the Vice-President of All-State events for the State of Georgia.
Under Mr. Wright’s direction, the RMS Band performed at the Southeastern United States Band Clinic at Troy University (2002, 2011), the Georgia Music Educators In-Service Conference (2003), and the University of Georgia Middle School Music Festival (2005). The RMS Band also performed in Washington, DC, Orlando, FL and Baltimore, MD.
The RMS band received a commendation from the Governor of Georgia in 2000. The band also received numerous superior ratings at GMEA festivals and other regional festivals in concert, jazz, and chamber ensembles. GMEA awarded the Ringgold Middle School Band with the prestigious “Exemplary Performance Award” in 2012. The RHS Marching Tiger Band has won numerous championships, performed in the New York City Veteran’s Day parade (2006, 2012), the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day parade (2011), various college football games, and traveled to The Bahamas and Canada.
A marching, concert, and jazz band clinician and adjudicator throughout the Southeast, Mr. Wright was awarded the Master of Music in Conducting from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL in 1992. At JSU, Mr. Wright studied saxophone with Dr. Ronald C. Attinger, directed the basketball pep band, served as a drum major of the nationally renowned Marching Southerners, and was a student of the legendary David L. Walters.
A native of Ringgold, Georgia, Mr. Wright is a member of Quitman Lodge No. 106, Free & Accepted Masons, and is a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite. He also teaches and lectures on Catoosa County and Georgia history and lives in Chickamauga with his wife Amy, the media specialist at Ringgold Primary School, and their daughter Georgia Lou. Mr. Wright serves as an Elder and is active in the music department at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Chattanooga, TN.