George Koudelka

Title: Retired Music Educator
Location:  Flatonia, Texas, United States

George Koudelka, Retired Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.

Reflecting on a career that was adorned with accomplishment, music and joy, Mr. Koudelka pinpoints the exact moment he knew he wanted to be a music teacher: before the age of 10, he watched a dance band perform and he became enamored by the drums. By age 11, he was playing the drums full-time with a Country Polk Band. His eagerness and natural talents led Mr. Koudelka in learning 15 other instruments into his early adulthood. Before he graduated from college, he was asked to play at the inauguration of President Linden B. Johnson in Washington DC in 1965 along with the band at Southwest Texas University, where he was a student. He was the section leader in the drum section, and he was second in line to direct the band if something should happen to the band director. That same year, Mr. Koudelka played the drums on the Gold Records recording of the President’s march.

Mr. Koudelka earned a Bachelor of Music Education in 1968 followed by a Master of Education from Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1972. A certified teacher in music and band, he established his career as an instructor in percussion and music at Southwest Texas State University for two years. From there, he became the director of band and music at Flatonia Independent School District for 13 years. During this time, he took on additional opportunities as a member of the Donnie Wavra Orchestra. Additionally, he served one year as the president of the PTA for the district. In 1982, Mr. Koudelka took on another director of band and music role; this time with the Moulton Independent School District, where he remained until his retirement in 1998. In recognition of his professional excellence, he was selected for inclusion into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Mr. Koudelka was also featured in the documentary film “Preservation of Old Texas Dance Halls.”

In his retirement, Mr. Koudelka has continued his involvement in his field. He rejoined the Donnie Wavra Orchestra in 2003, where he is currently a member. Additionally, he has taught as a lecturer for the Czech Music Symposium at the University of Texas, for which he was recognized by the Texas Czech Heritage Culture Center for Lifetime Achievement in education and Czech music. When asked of his success in his career, Mr. Koudelka credits a combination of his love of music, the support of his family, and his affiliations with others in his industry. Throughout his career, he held memberships with the Texas Music Education Association and the Music Education National Conference. Looking ahead, Mr. Koudelka intends to enjoy his well-deserved retirement while continuing to play music he loves.

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