He and Merri Williams had five children and were married for over 42 years before her death from cancer in Jan. 2017.
“We were,” he said, “a perfect match.”
Though evolving considerably over the years Williams still believes John Philip Sousa’s marches a “staple” of any school band’s programming.
“I think you have to force feed marches,” he said. “When they begin to get it, then you move to the movie themes, the Broadway themes and the classics. Anything that’s been around 15 to 20 years, I consider that ‘classic.’ “
He can’t pinpoint any reason for retiring except he wants to spend more time with his family and that, “I’ve always believed a 65-year-old man shouldn’t be teaching middle school.
“I feel fortunate to have been here all this time,” Williams said. “It’s funny but I’ve never wanted to teach in high school. Here, you see the kids go from young and inexperienced—I’d say half the sixth graders who come here have never played—to truly young adults.
“By the eighth grade,” he added, “some may even decide to make a career of music.”