National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors

The Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors was established on the campus of what was then known as Troy State University in Troy, Alabama, by the National Band Association in 1979. The Hall of Fame contains the picture and biographies of band directors who have distinguished themselves is some way or who have made significant contributions to the field of band directing, conducting, or leadership. [1]


The Facility

The facility, eventually declared the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, was built to house the hall of fame. [2] The hall is named for chancellors Jack Hawkins, Jr., Ralph Wyatt Adams, and founder of the Sound of the South, John M. Long. The hall is located adjacent to the building that houses the band program, John M. Long Hall. The facility is designed to allow for use by student music recitals, organizational music programs, and a regular weekly music recital, held every Wednesday.

Nomination to the Hall of Fame is open to any person who has distinguished themselves in the fields of band and music who have reached the age of 65. This includes those who have already died and would receive the award posthumously.

First Inductions

The induction of the first class of directors took place on February 2, 1980. At that time the following individuals were posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame: [1]

  • Mr. G. C. Bainum
  • Col. Harold Bachman
  • Cmdr. Charles Brendler
  • Capt. Howard Bronson
  • Mr. Herbert Clarke
  • Mr. Patrick Conway
  • Dr. Henry Fillmore
  • Mr. Pat Gilmore
  • Mr. Edwin Franko Goldman

The second class that was inducted was the first class made up of living band conductors. The ceremony took place on January 31, 1981 at the Hall of Fame. Inducted were:

  • Mr. Dale C. Harris
  • Dr. James Neilson
  • Dr. William D. Revelli

Other Inductions


February 6, 1982

February 5, 1983

  • Dr. Merle Evans
  • Mr. Ernest Williams
  • Dr. Mark Hindsley [3]
  • Mr. Charleton Stewart

February 4, 1984

  • Dr. Leonard Falcone [4]
  • Dr. D.O. Wiley

February 2, 1985

  • Mr. Raymond Dvorak

February 8, 1986

February 7, 1987

  • Dr. Frederick C. Ebbs


February 3, 1990

February 1, 1992

  • Col. Arnald Gabriel [5]

February 5, 1994

  • Dr. W J Julian
  • Dr. Harry Begian
  • Mr. Frank Nicolo Mancini

February 3, 1996

  • Dr. John M. Long [6]

February 6, 1999

  • Mrs. Gladys Stone Wright [7]
  • Dr. William P. Foster [8]


February 3, 2001

  • Col. John Bourgeois [9]

February 1, 2003

  • Mr. Kenneth Bloomquist [10]

February 7, 2004

  • Dr. James Croft
  • Col. Hal Gibson

February 4, 2006

  • Mr. Robert E. Foster

February 2, 2008

  • Mr. Edward S. Lisk [11]
  • Dr. Donald E. McGinnis


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