His high school marching band hadn’t been to state in 27 years, but a Morehead State freshman helped get them to the top three in the finals over the over the weekend.

Wesley Moore, a first-year music education student from Russell, Ky., re-joined the Russell High School Marching Band and Color Guard as a coach this year to compete in Kentucky Music Educators Association State Finals, where they placed top three in their class. 

He started his coaching in July as way to get teaching experience, even before heading to college.

 “It was one of my favorite things to do,” said Moore. “There was always something to do and I was thankful that [Russell High School Band director] Mr. Hunt gave me the opportunity to start teaching at the young age of 18 which most people don’t have the opportunity to do.” 

Moore is devoted to practicing and creating both marching band and color guard show designs, while working on improving his teaching and playing skills. 

“He’s always reliable and very dedicated, he gives his all which is obvious when he comes and plays for me every week, there’s always improvement,” said Nathan Mensink, the saxophone professor at MSU. “I have no doubt that teaching is totally within his ability, he’s got a lot of natural talent.”

Moore would drive from Morehead to Russell most week nights and practice with the guard members for three hours perfecting and cleaning their routines, then return for his own university work.

“It consumed a lot of my time, I had to work around it. Keeping up with classes, driving back and forth, getting back late, and still needing to practice was a lot,” said Moore. “It was really difficult but I don’t regret any of it. It was such a rewarding experience, it made me a better educator.”

Moore plans to continue teaching the RHS color guard as and to finish his music education career and pursue public education.