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Frank “Bud” Woodruff

Frank (Bud) Woodruff graduated from the University of Houston with Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. While there, he studied composition with Michael Horvit and conducting with A. Clyde Roller and James T. Matthews. After graduating, he performed with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra for twenty-two years and was the Music Director and Orchestra Conductor for the Pasadena Philharmonic Society for sixteen years. He is now retired from teaching for Deer Park Independent School District in Deer Park, Texas, where he was the head of the orchestra program. He taught orchestra grades 6-12 in Deer Park, as well as teaching at San Jacinto College, and has conducted All-Region Orchestras in Texas and Arkansas.

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