Cody Newman is the Director of Bands at Forney High School in Texas. He was recognized as a 2022 Yamaha “40 Under 40” music educator for his innovative and inspirational efforts to build his music program.

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On a muggy Texas evening in May 2020 during the height of the pandemic, I sat in the Diffee family’s driveway out in the country with a group of smiling new faces — the Forney (Texas) High School Band boosters.

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