Moorefield and his wife Anne spent a recent weekend in Stockton being celebrated along with the other four award recipients, and the awards dinner Saturday night was attended by hundreds.
The former Foothill band director earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the UOP Conservatory of Music, in 1968 and 1985, and began his career teaching band at St. Mary's High School in Stockton. When Foothill High opened in 1972, Moorefield was recruited to found the band program, which he started with 17 students.
The Foothill music program eventually grew to include not only a marching band, but also symphonic and concert bands, wind ensemble, two jazz bands, percussion, color guard and choir classes.
Moorefield, known affectionately to his students as Moorf, retired in 2009, after Foothill bands had received more than 3,500 first-place and sweepstakes trophies.