Thomasville Times Enterprise

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May 29, 2014

Outgoing Mayhall grateful for musical opportunity

The end of the 2013-2014 school year also marked the end of an musical era at Thomas County Central High School.

May 20 marked the last band concert that C. Michial Mayhall directed as head of Central’s bands.

On June 30, Mayhall will retire after 38 years of serving as a band director (at Central and other schools). He spent more than 20 years in charge of the bands at Central.

“If you love what you do, you really never work a day,” Mayhall said.

After his farewell concert, just as Mayhall was preparing to thank and dismiss the audience, William Collins, a parent and former student and friend to Mayhall, delivered a few words of gratitude. He thanked Mayhall for everything he had done during his time at Central, expressing deepest gratitude for the greatest gift of all, “knowing our children are always safe with you.”

After his words, Collins presented Mayhall with a scrapbook of letters from his former and current students from all over the country.

An emotional Mayhall said a few words of gratitude. He thanked the audience and students for being allowed to teach and mentor students, adding that,, although he was comfortable with the decision to retire, he would deeply miss the program and promised to remain fairly involved for some time to come.

Following the last day of school, the staff of The Jacket Tracker,  a student-produced page in the Times-Enterprise, asked Mayhall a few questions about his time in education and his post-retirement plans.

“My research on how to retire successfully has shown me that you should not retire with a plan to work,” he said. “You should enjoy your leisure for a few months and see what pops up that interests you, then work as you would like.  I am hopeful that I can find something I really enjoy doing.”

The educator said his high school experience “was wonderful” and “set the stage for my future success.”

“The teaching profession has allowed me to help develop those individuals who will be the leaders in the future,” Mayhall said. “The meaningful impact that my students have had on my life is not measurable. I have learned far more than I have taught.”

He expressed his pride in students who graduated and furthered their education.

“When I do simple daily activities and see former students living productive lives with families of their own, I find myself being grateful for the opportunity to have served them,” he said.

Mayhall also gave credit where he felt it was due regarding the TCCHS band program’s success.

“The support from my family, band parents and students has contributed far more to the success of the Thomas County Central High School Band than anything I did,” he said. “The superintendent, school administration and the board of education always supported the band.  The faculty at Central is like a family to me. They always supported band activities. I will miss all my fellow educators.

“All these people made it possible to call the Thomas County Central High School Band ‘The Best of the Nest.’”

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