Nancy (Hockett) Pike
Nancy (Hockett) Pike,
Asst. Band Director for IHS Tiger Band in 1993 and 1994
IHS Tiger Band class of 1978 (Trumpet).
Nancy Pike is a native Texan transplanted by God to beautiful, Eastern Indiana. She is married, in music education and loves to do creative things. In addition to her love for music and worship she enjoys set/stage design, lighting, media, service production, vocal coaching, singing and photography. Now in her eighth year as Creative Arts Director for Fountain City Wesleyan Church, her duties include all of the above. Mrs. Pike earned her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of North Texas, where she focused on trumpet and instrumental education.
Her first teaching position was from 1983-1987 as Band Director for Travis Jr. High School. The band program she inherited had 33 students and the program grew to 190 strong. She directed three bands, won numerous awards at All-City, U.I.L. Concert and Sight Reading Competitions, All-Region Band, Solo and Ensemble and Sandy Lake Band Festival. After taking some time away to have her son, in 1990 she served as Assistant Band Director at South Grand Prairie High School where she worked in every aspect of secondary music education, including marching band, flag corps, symphonic band and contests. She directed the Symphonic and Concert Bands in numerous concert and contest performances and, in 1991, won the “Sweepstakes” award at U.I.L Concert and Sight Reading Contest.
1992 was the year that she joined the Irving High School Band Program, and was Assistant Band Director to Lee South. She worked with the marching and symphonic bands, flag corps, and contests. She also taught beginning band students at Crockett and Austin Junior High Schools as part of a team teaching effort. She directed the Concert Band in multiple performances and contests each year, winning the “Best In Class” award at the Bluebonnet Band Festival in San Antonio in 1994.
From 1994-1998, Mrs. Pike was Head Band Director at Truman Middle School in Grand Prairie, TX. The band program was healthy when she took the position and started with 170 students. It continued to grow to 240. Each year at Truman demonstrated continued, growing success in student participation in all categories of band competition including: Superior ratings at U.I.L. Concert and Sight Reading Contests, strong showings at All-City and All-Region Band Competitions, an average of 250 medals won at Solo and Ensemble each year, and all Truman bands winning First Divisions at the Sandy Lake Contest each year. Her Symphonic Band was chosen as the “Outstanding Band of the Day” for three years consecutively.
During this time, Ms. Pike was frequently contracted as a guest clinician-consultant by other middle school music educators, and served as adjudicator in local and regional band and color guard competitions.
In 1997, Ms. Pike was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the Grand Prairie ISD, Teacher of the Year for Truman Middle School. She was chosen as Regional Teacher of the Year, and was a nominee for both Texas State Middle School Teacher of the Year and for Texas State Teacher of the Year.
Before moving to Indiana, Mrs. Pike was a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Bandmasters Association, and the International Trumpet Guild. She has also has been a member and leader in the International Bible Study Fellowship Association, Randolph County Art Association board member, art show chairman, and art show award winner. She was also a Wayne County Art Association award winner, and a music review columnist for the Palladium-Item newspaper in Richmond, Indiana. She owns and operates an antique shop called “Hole in the Wall” in Cambridge City, Indiana.
Mrs. Pike loves to travel and has done so through short-term mission trips and on adventures with her husband. Her love of music has never wavered and continues to be a very important part of her life.