Louisville Male High School Alumni Association

Fine Arts

J. Scott Cooksey
Director of Bands

J. Scott Cooksey began serving as Band Director at Louisville Male High School in 2015. In addition to his current role at Male High School, Mr. Cooksey has served as a conductor for the Floyd County Youth Symphony since 2002. Mr. Cooksey is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville and holds degrees in Music Education from the University of Louisville School of Music, as well as a graduate degree in Educational Leadership. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Music Performance with an emphasis in Instrumental Conducting with Dr. Fred Speck, at the University of Louisville. In 2013 Mr. Cooksey was honored to be selected as a semi-finalist for the first-ever GRAMMY Music Educator Award.
Before arriving at Louisville Male, Mr. Cooksey served as Director of Bands and Department Chair at Jeffersonville High School, Indiana. During his time at Jeffersonville High School the band program received consistent gold ratings in Indiana State School Music Association events, performed for the ISSMA State Concert Band State Finals, ISSMA Scholastic Marching Band State Finals, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), the National Adjudicator’s Invitational in Chicago and performed for the joint Music Educators National Conference / Indiana Music Educators Association convention. Notably the band program was named a GRAMMY Signature School music program in 2012. Recently the JHS Bands performed for the 2015 National Band and Orchestra Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York. The JHS Winter Percussion Ensemble is a four-time TriState Championship ensemble (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) with one additional silver medal (2008) and the JHS Winterguard has earned two TriState Championships (2012, 2013) also with one silver medal (2014). The JHS Band program received many competitive grant awards while under Mr. Cooksey’s leadership, including five Indiana Arts Commission regional initiative grants and three Target Arts and Culture grants.
Mr. Cooksey has served as a staff member for the Ambassadors of Music organization for five tours of Europe, traveling with two concert bands, a large choir, and a string orchestra made up of students from Kentucky and southern Indiana as they tour seven European countries presenting concerts along the way.
Mr. Cooksey is an active performer on his instrument, currently performing in both The Louisville Winds and Chamber Winds Louisville community ensembles. In addition to many local performances, both ensembles have recently performed for the KMEA conference. Chamber Winds Louisville recently presented a concert at the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mr. Cooksey is active as an adjudicator and clinician, as well as presented district-wide professional development sessions on topics such as integration of technology in the K-12 classroom.
Mr. Cooksey currently holds professional membership in the National Association for Music Education, the Indiana Bandmasters Association, and the Indiana and Kentucky Music Education Associations. He recently served his fifth year on the elected ISSMA State Board, with an appointment to the Concert Organization Committee as the high school band representative. He is also serving a second term as the current elected State Board Area 8 Representative for IMEA.
Mr. Cooksey appreciates the opportunity to serve the Louisville community and Male HS students as your music director. His belief that everyone deserves a comprehensive, sequential music education that prepares them for lifelong involvement in music drives him to be the best educator he can be.

Nan Moore
Director of Bands

Nan Moore is currently in her thirty-ninth year as Band Director at Louisville Male High School. She is also the founder and director of the Louisville Winds, a highly acclaimed adult community band. Under Moore’s leadership, the Louisville Male Band has established itself as one of the most respected programs in Kentucky. Her ensembles have performed at the Southern Division Music Educators National Conference; the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) In-Service Conference, the 2004 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA)/National Band Association (CBDNA)/National Band Association (NBA) Southern Division In-Service Conference; the 2010 Music For All National Concert Band Festival; the 2001 Midwest Clinic; and as a guest ensemble with the Louisville Orchestra, the Purdue University Symphonic Band, and the University of Louisville (UofL) Wind Ensemble. In 1995, Moore was awarded the Phi Beta Mu Band Fraternity Outstanding Bandmaster Award for Kentucky, and she was named the KMEA Secondary Teacher of the year in 1993. In March of 2014 she was inducted into the American Bandmasters Association. Moore received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Morehead State University (MSU), a Master of Arts degree in Education from Western Kentucky University (WKU), and a specialist degree in Administration from Spalding University. She has served as the State Band Chairperson for KMEA and as president of Phi Beta Mu. She is active as an adjudicator and guest conductor.

2015-16 Curse of a Crown

2014-15 The Red Gypsy

2013-2014 Seven

2012-2013 From Darkness Into Light

2011-12 InJoy

2010-2011 ONE


2008-2009 Marching Band

Band Highlights 2008

Robert Dixon
Director of Orchestra

We Welcome Mr. Dixon to Louisville Male as Director of Orchestra Fall 2017
Robert Dixon earned his bachelors of music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mr. Dixon grew up in Louisville and attended the Youth Performing Arts School where he performed in Carnegie Hall as well as at the Midwest Clinic. In his senior year, Mr. Dixon also was one of the winners of the YPAS Concerto Competition, performing the Dragonetti Double Bass concerto with the YPAS Philharmonia.
While in North Carolina, Mr. Dixon worked extensively on elementary string education with Dr. Rebecca Macleod and Mrs. Marta Richardson. His student teaching was comprised of teaching classes ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade strings at Peeler Open Elementary in Greensboro North Carolina.
Mr. Dixon was a member of the Louisville Youth Orchestra for nine years. An avid supporter of elementary string education, Mr. Dixon is looking forward to working with the LYO Presto! Strings as well as teaching at Louisville Male High School.

Alexis Paxton
Director of Choral Music

A graduate of Sam Houston State and the University of Louisville, Alexis Paxton currently serves as the Choral Director at Louisville Male High School. She also directs Bulldog Beats, Male’s a cappella group, as well as Cardinal Rule from the University of Louisville. She has served as a judge for choral and a cappella events, as well as leading choirs to the stage of ACDA Regional conventions.

Bulldog Beats performs Recovery 5/8/2017

Bulldog Beats Performs What You Know 1/5/2016

Bulldog Beat Performs Fix You 9/3/2014

Bulldog Beats Performs I Need Your Love 3/11/2014