The Jacksonville Education Foundation announced the "Stars" for the traditional Aug. 11 "Evening With Our Stars" event to honor distinguished alumni and former faculty.

The honorees are:

Dr. J. Bradley "Brad" Creed began his duties as Campbell University's fifth president July 1. Previously, Creed was the provost and executive vice president and professor of religion at Samford University.

Prior to joining Samford in 2001, Creed was professor of Christian history, associate dean and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.

He is a 1975 graduate of Jacksonville High School. He earned his master of divinity and doctor of philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is a frequent speaker for universities, civic organizations and churches, and is the author of several published works and articles on religion, ethics, education and history.

Val Rose moved to Jacksonville in 1966, and spent the next 13 years building a powerhouse band program. When Rose arrived, the program was struggling and the band had never made a first division at a UIL concert contest.

During his tenure, the JHS band received eight consecutive Sweepstakes awards. The concert band was a State Honor Band finalist, and the marching band was a five-time "Best in Class" winner at the annual HEB marching contest.

Rose held offices in UIL Regions 4, 21 and 10, including Texas Music Educators Association region chairman and band chairman; UIL executive secretary, band contest chairman and state advisory council member. He has been invited to present lectures at TCU, Lamar and Stephen F. Austin State University.

He is a charter member of TMAA and a member of Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. In 1997, he was named a member of Lamar University's Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter, and in 2000, was inducted into the SFASU Band Director's Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was presented with the Meritorious Achievement Award by the Texas Bandmasters Association.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

Larry Joe Cigainero spent 33 years building strong music programs in the Jacksonville Independent School District.

He began teaching music at East Side and West Side elementary schools. He also taught at Joe Wright in the summer in the Head Start program. He moved on to Jacksonville Junior High, Jacksonville Middle School and, finally, JHS.

During his tenure as the JHS choir director, the JHS Choral Department achieved many awards and honors in the University Interscholastic League, Texas Music Educators Association choral tryouts and invitational contests, such as Six Flags over Texas Choral Festival, Buccaneer Choral Festival, Bluebonnet Festival and the Yellow Rose Festival.

He coordinated annual madrigal dinners during the holiday seasons. He taught private lessons from 1966 to 1986, and during that time, many of his students participated in Guild Auditions and Guild National Recording Piano competitions. He served as a Piano Guild judge in East Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Florida.

After retirement, he has continued to judge UIL competitions and TMEA choral events throughout Texas, coach various professional vocalists and occasionally performs for friends and family. He also served as an organist for many years at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Jacksonville, and is currently director of the Tyler Presbyterian Church Choir.


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