Jessica Jo Darmon
Alumnus Jessica Jo Darmon graduated in 2013 and went to the University of North Texas. While in high school Darmon participated in band, art and UIL Academics in social studies and math.
What have you done after high school?
“I work at Connally JH as an assistant band director and music teacher in Waco, TX,” Darmon said.
How did what you learn or experience in high school affect you in college and beyond?
“I loved band and music, and I adored being able to develop my natural talents,” Darmon said. “The skills I learned in band- work ethic, leadership, and self-confidence- carried with me throughout my time at UNT, where I was a music education major. The band director at the time, Glenn Fugett, helped me believe that I was capable of more than the small goals I was setting for myself. He did that through the pursuant of excellence in the band program, and I know this is still the mentality of the performing arts at Legacy.”
Explain your job now.
“As an assistant band director, I teach 45 students in the non-varsity band on campus,” Darmon said. “I teach them musical fundamentals, specific techniques for their instruments, and how to work as a team. I also teach 6th grade music, where my goal is to show them the power that music can have as well as its versatility.”
What are your plans for the future?
“This time next year I hope to be pursuing a masters degree in Oboe performance,” Darmon said. “Playing my instrument is something that I miss as a teacher, and my love of it began in high school as I discovered how much more room I had to grow. At the time I didn’t fully appreciate it, but by his leadership Mr. Fugett had given me a chance to push my limits and become a better person through playing the oboe.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“My advice for high schoolers is to take this time to discover what you love,” Darmon said. “It’s much more expensive to change your life plan once you’re in college, but it’s okay if you do. If you find what you truly love, do not be afraid to change your life to go down a different path. Be ready and willing to let things go that once held great meaning to you- classes, careers, or even friends.”