Stanley H. Cate

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Stanley H. Cate was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and moved to Ft. Smith at age 10. He graduated from Ft. Smith High School in 1950 and attended the University of Arkansas in the fall of 1950. Mr. Cate began his academic career as a business major, but soon decided to switch to music education, largely due to the influence of Mr. E. J. Marty, UA Band Director and french horn instructor in the early 50’s. Stan taught part time at West Fork during his last two years at the UA, graduating in 1955. He taught for 3 years at Booneville, Arkansas, and returned to Ft. Smith in 1958 to Darby Junior High School. Mr. Cate opened the brand new Southside High School in the summer of 1963 and was band director and fine arts chairman for the next thirty years, retiring in 1993.

During his tenure, the Fort Smith Southside program produced an enviable string of Superior ratings at region, state and invitational contests. While band director at Southside 375 students earned places in the All-State bands and over 1,200 students earned All-Region honors. More than 200 first and second place medals were earned each year in solo/ensemble competition.

In 1992 Mr. Cate was honored by the UA band as its guest director on their concert at the opening of the Walton Arts Center. The concert was dedicated to the memory of Sam Walton.

In addition to his BSE earned in 1955, he also earned a MME in 1965 and eventually earned 30 hours above that before retiring in 1993.

In college Mr. Cate was a member of Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity and Phi Mu Alpha "Sinfonia" music fraternity.

In professional life Mr. Cate was a member and past-president of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, Arkansas Bandmasters Association (Band Director of the year in 1983), American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu International band fraternity, National Federation of International Music Association, Class Room Teachers Association of Ft. Smith (golden apple award in 1983), Phi Delta Kappa (Kappan of the year once), Arkansas Education Association, and National Education Association.

Mr. Cate has judged extensively in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

In 1993 Mr. Cate was named the 13th member of the Phi Beta Mu – Omicron Chapters Arkansas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.