Wakefield recently was inducted into the Oklahoma Bandmasters Hall of Fame, and his students say he deserves it.
“He’s one of the best band directors in the nation and students look up to him,” said Blake DeLao, a former student of Wakefield’s who now teaches band at Altus High School. He said Wakefield truly cares about his students.
DeLao, who calls Wakefield his role model, said he sees Wakefield when he returns to Norman for football games.
“Every time he sees me he always stops me and asks how teaching is going, because this is my first year teaching,” DeLao said. And that’s how Wakefield is with everyone, DeLao said.
“He wants you to succeed in everything you do.”