D38 retired band teacher Mr. Mike Mozingo (more commonly known as Mr. Mo) was inducted into the Colorado Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in July 2021. Each year, the members of the Colorado Bandmasters Association nominate and vote for one member to add to the CBA Hall of Fame. These members have served as music education mentors to countless numbers of students and colleagues throughout Colorado.
Some of the Hall of Fame requirements include 20 years minimum of teaching experience, serving the Colorado Bandmasters Association in some way, votes from the Hall of Fame Committee, and sponsors that submit a resume of the candidate and two letters of recommendation that support the candidate’s excellence as a music educator.
“I am fortunate to have been nominated and sponsored by two friends and colleagues that gathered the appropriate information and letters of support and to be elected by the CBA membership for the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame. I had seen and heard the Lewis-Palmer High School Band play during the late 1980s and it was evident to me that the music program and Craig Ketels had the support of school administration and the community. When I found out about the job opening at Lewis-Palmer Middle School I knew that D38 was a community I wanted to be a part of and that Monument was a good place to raise my family,” Mozingo wrote.
Mr. Mo was hired to teach at Lewis-Palmer Middle School in 1992. Surprisingly enough, Mr. Mo was hired by then-superintendent Ted Bauman and then-principal Ted Belteau, who both had connections with Kingwood, TX where Mr. Mo taught previously. To him, it felt like the stars had aligned when he got hired in LPSD.
Mr. Mo reflected on his many memorable experiences at LPMS where he worked with many talented students and professionals over the years. He also participated in multiple competitions, music festivals, ensembles, and performances. Mr. Mo echoed one memorable moment that brings him joy from a previous concert band festival. As parents were leading the band to a warmup area to prep before the performance, Mr. Mo went to the men’s locker room. He quickly realized that he was locked in the locker room. Luckily, he knew the festival host and called him by phone. Mr. Mo was released and the band played wonderfully. Mr. Mo reflects fondly on his memories in Lewis-Palmer School District and is grateful to have worked with such accomplished student musicians.