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Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors
The National Band Association established the Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors on the campus of Troy University, Troy, Alabama in 1979. It is housed in a magnificent facility made available by Troy University through the efforts of Dr. John Long, Emeritus Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences / Director of Bands, together with Dr. Ralph Adams, President of the University.
The Hall of Fame building is open to visitors without charge daily from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. It is also open prior to and immediately following concert events on the Troy campus. Nomination to the Hall of Fame is open to all persons who have reached the age of 65 and who have particularly distinguished themselves as conductors in the band field. Download a Nomination Form
The installation of the first class took place on February 2, 1980. At that time the following persons were inducted into the Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors:
The second class to be installed was the first class 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 and Dr. William D. Revelli.
The third ceremony, on February 6, 1982 installed Col. George S. Howard.
The fourth ceremony, on February 5, 1983 installed Dr. Merle Evans, Dr. Mark Hindsley, Mr. Charleton Stewart and Mr. Ernest Williams.
The fifth ceremony, on February 4, 1984 installed Dr. Leonard Falcone and Dr. D.O. Wiley.
The sixth ceremony, on February 2, 1985 installed Mr. Raymond Dvorak.
The seventh ceremony, on February 8, 1986 installed Mr. Nilo Hovey and Dr. Al G. Wright.
The eighth ceremony, on February 7, 1987 installed Dr. Frederick C. Ebbs.
The ninth ceremony, on February 3, 1990 installed Dr. Frederick Fennell, Dr. Robert Hawkins, Lt. Col. William F. Santelmann and Dr. Paul Yoder.
The tenth ceremony, on February 1, 1992 installed Col. Arnald Gabriel.
The eleventh ceremony on February 5, 1994 installed Dr. W J Julian, Dr. Harry Begian and Mr. Frank (Francesco) Nicolo Mancini.
The twelfth ceremony on February 3, 1996 installed Dr. John Long.
The thirteenth ceremony on February 6, 1999 installed Mrs. Gladys Stone Wright and Mr. William P. Foster.
The fourteenth ceremony on February 3, 2001 installed Col. John Bourgeois.
The fifteenth ceremony on February 1, 2003 installed Mr. Kenneth Bloomquist.
The sixteenth ceremony on February 7, 2004 installed Dr. James Croft and Col. Hal Gibson.
The nineteenth ceremony on February 6, 2010 installed Mr. Ray E. Cramer, Dr. William J. Moody and Mr. Frank B. Wickes.
The twentieth ceremony on February 2, 2013 installed Dr. Bobby Adams, Ms. Paula Crider, Dr. Thomas Fraschillo and Mr. John Paynter (posthumously).
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