By Kevin Shannahan
The Natchitoches Parish music education scene will not be quite the same next year after the retirement of Kenrick Foy after 26 years as an educator, with 12 of them at the helm of the NCHS marching band.
Foy graduated from New Orleans’ Jesuit High School and went on to Southern Univerity where he graduated in 1980 with a degree in Music Education. He spent a few years in and out of private industry, but was always being drawn into his first love, teaching.
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, Foy owned a custom furniture business that was wiped out by the storm. His eldest daughter was a student at NSU, so he and his family came up to see her. It was to prove fortuitous. While registering his youngest daughter at NCHS, the administration found out he was a band director and a job offer soon followed.
Foy built the NCHS marching band virtually from scratch. His leadership by example is evident in the superb halftime shows at every Chief’s home football game. In addition to playing for NCHS fans, the marching band is a staple of the Natchitoches Christmas Festival Parade. They are also community minded. The band played for several years at the finish line of the Kasey Ragan Heart and Soul run. How many people can say they finished a 5k race with a marching band playing them on? At every performance, Foy could be seen in a coat and tie, quietly watching the young people he trained showcase their talent. Hard work, developing your God given talents and becoming better young men and women, Foy brought out those qualities in hundreds, if not thousands, of NCHS students over his tenure.
Foy is married and is the father of two sons and two daughters. He and his family will continue to make their home in Natchitoches after his retirement. A lifelong avid woodworker, he is the owner of Foy’s Custom Furniture and Cabinet Company. The NPJ thanks him for his service to our parish’s young people and wishes him and his family a long, happy and well earned retirement!