|Birth: ||Aug. 1, 1926|
|Death: ||Mar. 18, 2009|
Scotts Bluff County
The teacher of all teachers.
Georgene was born Aug. 1, 1926 in York, Neb. to George I. and Luvah L. (Surface) Myers. She grew up in York. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Music from Baylor University in Waco, Texas in 1948, and that same year moved to Scottsbluff where she began her 43 year tenure as an instrumental music instructor, retiring in 1991.
Throughout her career at Scottsbluff, Georgene won may awards with her junior high bands, and also served as the assistant director of the senior high bands. She participated in taking the bands to the John F. Kennedy Inaugural parade, the New York World's Fair, Hemis-Fair in San Antonio, Texas, the Portland Rose Festival, and took the Scottsbluff High School Band on four European Concert tours.
Georgene was an active flutist and a private instructor and was the principal flutist in a chamber orchestra touring six European countries. In 1980, she was awarded the "Donald Lentz Outstanding Bandmasters Award". In 1985, she was inducted into the "Nebraska Music Educators Hall of Fame", in 1988 was awarded the "Sudler Cup Award" for the outstanding Junior High Concert Band in the U.S. and in 1989 she was awarded the first "Bandworld Legion of Honor Award".
She was a longtime member of the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, the Nebraska Music Educators, had participated in the Music Educators National Conference, and was a member of the Women Band Directors International.
If you have ever seen the film "Mr Holland's Opus" you understand the influence Mrs. Diers had on me and thousands upon thousands of others over her 43 years in the Scottsbluff school system.
My father, uncle, sister, and I were all taught by Mrs. Diers. In fact my uncle was in the group that marched in President Kennedy's Inaugural Parade and my sister and I were on two of her European trips.
One of my most vivid memories of Europe was when we went to an American World War II cemetery in France. Most of the soldiers there were casualties of D-Day or of the weeks that followed. Her brother, Bryce, was buried there. I remember two of our trumpeters playing "Taps" in the cemetery, echoing through this beautiful burial ground.
She wasn't the funniest or coolest teacher. In fact she was very strict and quite the task master. This explains the constant success she had with her bands over the years. You might not have liked her, but everyone respected her.
When she did let her guard down she could be very funny. She wasn't one to give out complements easily so when she did, you knew she meant it. We all found ourselves wanting to impress her which in the end took us to our very best.
She is a large part my life and I thank her for teaching me to strive for excellence.
Specifically: Ashes interned in the columbarium at the St. Francis Episcopal Church in Scottsbluff Nebraska
Created by: Sal Mineo Fan
Record added: Mar 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35021091
Sal Mineo Fan
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