Posted June 24, 2020
From left, Jared Hardy leads a choir performance at Chisholm Trail High School. Terry Parrish conducts an outside Wayside MS band performance.
EMS ISD and the Board of Trustees are proud to announce the approval of two new building dedications honoring former EMS ISD educators Jared Hardy and Terry Parrish. During the June 2020 board meeting, Trustees approved the naming of the Jared Hardy Performing Arts Center at Chisholm Trail High School and the Terry Parrish Band Hall at Wayside Middle School. These facilities will stand in honor of two longtime educators who have significantly impacted their schools and the EMS community.
Jared Hardy opened Chisholm Trail High School in 2012 as its first head choir director, establishing a foundation of excellence for the Ranger Performing Arts program. Hardy is best known for bringing out the best in his students through performance. His philosophy is simple: Believe that the journey from the practice room to the stage is where the most meaningful impacts are made.
“Chisholm Trail is where Jared built so many lasting and meaningful relationships, traditions, and memories,” said Hardy’s wife, Carla, who now leads the CTHS choir program. “Jared and I are excited to attend the first concert at the newly named performing arts center, or as we will call it, Party at the Hardy!”
Terry Parrish began his career in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD in 1985. Of his 34 years of service to the students of EMS, 29 of them were served as the band director at Wayside Middle School. Throughout his career, Parrish instilled an important lesson to his students: timing is everything. Parrish was known for saying, “Timing can make a musical performance great or cause it to fall apart.” The proudest moment for Parrish during his tenure is the Wayside Band performance of “Going Home, The Story of a Sailor on the USS Indianapolis” at the Bass Performance Hall. The performance was a labor of love for Parrish that told the story of his great uncle who sailed the Pacific in World War II.
“I still have dreams of teaching at Wayside,” said Parrish, who retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. “I am pleased to discover that my former students, colleagues, EMS administration, and School Board have honored me by displaying my name on the band hall that I have so loved for 29 years.”
The extensive history of service to generations of EMS ISD students, Chisholm Trail High School, Wayside Middle School, and the community displayed by both Hardy and Parrish have left a lasting legacy that lives on in the strong culture of excellence in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw community. Formal naming ceremonies will be scheduled for later in the fall.