Former A&M, Mexia band director Joe Tom Haney dies at 88: Then a Mexia High School band job became available. The Black Cat Band earned two first divisions at the UIL contest in the spring of '57 and won its first Sweepstakes the following year. Haney stayed in Mexia for the next sixteen years.
Mr. Haney was the band director for my sophomore, junior, and senior years in Mexia High. He influenced and changed a lot of lives, mine included.