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The Mississippi Bandmasters Association
FBM Delta Chapter
Hall of Fame
EDYTHE MOORE McARTHUR 1996
Bands were a major force in the life of Edythe Moore McArthur since she began playing
trombone in the sixth grade at Lexington Elementary School. The high points in her high
school years were band clinics, band camps, and two years membership in the Mississippi All-
State Lions Band.
During her years at Mississippi Southern College, where she received the Bachelor of Music
Education degree, she was a member of the Marching and Symphonic Bands, and the
Symphony Orchestra. A charter member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Tau Beta Sigma. She was the
first president of Tau Beta Sigma. It was during those years that she met John McArthur
whom she married in 1958.
After teaching in high schools in Taylorsville, Pelahatchie, and in Wayne County for ten years,
Mrs. McArthur began working with junior high bands when the McArthurs moved to Starkville
in 1968. It was at the junior high that she spent the remainder of her career feeling that this
was where she could make the greatest contribution both to the student and to the band
program with which she was associated.
During the thirteen years she directed the Starkville Henderson Junior High School Band, Mrs.
McArthur led the group to consistent Superior ratings in Concert, Sight Reading, and
Marching. The band was frequently invited to perform at various directors’ workshops
including the New Materials Clinic at Mississippi State University, the Instrumental Conductors
Conference at the University of Southern Mississippi, the ARK-LA-TEX conference at
Louisiana Tech, and a Capitol Concert in observance of National Music Week. The band was
also featured as Band of the Month in the School Musician magazine. Individual students
were recognized for their excellence in solo and ensemble contests and participation in clinic
bands. Several were selected for membership in the Mississippi Lions All-State Band.
Individually and collectively, the band attained a high reputation for outstanding performance
and was held in high regard throughout the area.
Among the things Mrs. McArthur considers most rewarding about the Starkville years was the
experience of having both her sons, John Erwin (Jay) and Christopher (Chris) under her
direction in the Henderson Junior High Band. The McArthurs were very proud when both sons
chose to enter the teaching profession as band directors.
After leaving Starkville in 1981, Mrs. McArthur taught in Picayune, Gautier, and West Point
where she retired in 1996.
Mrs. McArthur received several honors in recognition of her contributions to instrumental
music in Mississippi. She was the first woman in Mississippi to be elected to membership in
the American School Band Directors Association (ASBDA) and Phi Beta Mu. She was also the
first woman to serve as director of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band in which capacity she
served twice. She has been recognized as the Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster and has
served on the Mississippi Bandmasters Association Executive Board.
She joins her late husband, John, in the Mississippi Bandmasters Association/Phi Beta Mu
Hall of Fame, the first couple to be so honored.
JOHN GARY COOK 1997
John Gary Cook was born May 7, 1940, in Bon Homie, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He began
his training in instrumental music as a cornet student in the fifth grade at Century Elementary
School in Century, Florida. His family moved to Sumrall, Mississippi in 1951, where he
continued his participation in the band under band director, Reed Carter.
While a junior at Sumrall High School, he moved from cornet to euphonium and as a member
of the 1958 Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band he earned the first chair position in his section.
Cook was graduated with honors from Sumrall High School in 1958. in the fall of the year, he
enrolled at The University of Southern Mississippi where he began his formal education in
instrumental music. As an undergraduate, he was greatly influenced by Dr. Raymond Mannoni,
Robert Hayes, Dr. Gamer Pound. Dr. Gilbert Satre, Raymond Young, and Dr. William Moody. He
received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1962 and began his teaching career that
same year at Carr Junior High School in Vicksburg.
In 1963, he accepted the position of band director at Petal High School. Enrollment in the band
program doubled. During the ten years at Petal his bands earned twenty-five superior rating in
He served in the Hattiesburg Public Schools as Supervisor of Instrumental Music from 1973 to
1976. his band at Blair High School received superior ratings in every event entered.
In the summer of 1976, he returned to U.S.M. as a doctoral student where his duties included
Assistant Director of the marching band and the Conductor of the Varsity Concert Band.
In 1977, he became Director of Bands in the Warren County School in Vicksburg. His
responsibilities included supervision of music faculty at the elementary, junior and senior high
schools, and directorship of the Warren Central marching, symphonic, and jazz bands. Cook’s
warren Central bands received superior ratings at every contest entered. He remained in this
position twelve years. The Warren Central Symphonic Band performed at the U.S.M.
Instrumental Conductors Conference, the Southeastern United States Band Clinic in Troy,
Alabama, and was judged “Best in Class” 5A concert band at eh Festival of Champions in
Panama City, Florida.
Cook’s honors include: Mississippi Economic Council’s Star Teacher; Phi Beta Mu’s “Most
Outstanding Director”, in 1971, 1985; Director of Mississippi Lions All-State Band in 1977,
1980, 1983; the “MAC” Award, a national award recognition of outstanding directors, 1977,
1986; National Federation’s Outstanding Music Educator in the Southeastern States, 1989;
National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, 1994; and Phi Mu Alpha’s Orpheus Award,
1996; executive board of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, 1984 and served as its
president, 1987-1988; President of Delta Chapter, Phi Beta Mu, 1995-1996.
he has served as marching and concert adjudicator in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia,
Louisiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Tennessee. His professional affiliations include:
Mississippi Association of Educators, Missisisppi Bandmasters Association, Kappa Kappa
Psi, Phis Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
In the summer of 1989 he became Director of Bands at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.
There his duties included conducting the Wind ensemble, the Marching Band, and supervision
of student teaching.
He and his wife, Hanna, have one daughter, Whitney.
BADRAE L. HANNAH 1997
Badrae L. Hannah was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and attended Broad Street High School
where he played trumpet in the school band. After graduation, he attended Mississippi
Vocational College (Mississippi Valley State University) and completed an undergraduate
degree in Music Education. He received a master’s degree form the university of Southern
Mississippi in Music Education.
Hannah taught in Mississippi schools thirty-five years. His teachin career started at North-
Gulfport High School. He then taught at d’Iberville High School in Biloxi, Oxford High School,
and Biloxi High School.
In his thirteen years at Biloxi High School his bands were rated superior in concert nine times
and in marching ten times. In 1994 the Biloxi band received the school’s first all-Superior
rating in more than fifty years.
Over his career, Hannah's bands earned superior ratings at a number of Six-Flags events and
appeared at such prestigious events as the Instrumental Conductors’ Conference at USM and
the 1984 World’s Fair in New Orleans. His bands played for numerous dignitaries-including
two United States Presidents.
in 1977 Hannah became the first African-American to be initiated into Delta Chapter of Phi Beta
Mu and served as its president in 1989. Hannah's 1979 election as president of the Mississippi
Bandmasters Association set a precedent for other African-American directors. He was the
first African-American to hold that office before the two organization ere merged.
He was selected Star Teacher at d’Iberville High School four times and in 1974 the schools
year book was dedicated to him. He was chosen as Omega Psi Phi “Man of the Year” in 1981
and was elected by Phi Beta Mu as Band Director.
His professional membership affiliations have included Phi Beta Mu, American School Band
Directors Association, National Band Association, Mississippi Bandmaster Association, and
Gulf Coast Band Directors Association.
He has served on the Advisory Board of the Mississippi High School Activities Association
and is demand as clinician and adjudicator thought the Southeast.
Kent Sills 2000
Dr. Kent Sills began his teaching career as band director at Lumberton High School in 1956
before accepting a similar position at Clarksdale High School in 1961. he went to Mississippi
State University in 1967 as Assistant Director of Bands and was later to become only the sixth
director in the band's long and storied history.
He served as Marching Director of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band twice- in 1958 when
the band went to New York City and in 1964 for the trip to Toronto, Canada. He was later to
serve as manager/ director of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band from 1982 until 1997.
Dr. Sills’ membership in professional organizations included College Band Directors National
Association, Mississippi Bandmasters Association, National Association College Wind and
Percussion Instructors, and Phi Beta Mu.
A graduate of Kosciusko High School, Dr. Sills holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree
(1956) and Master of Education degree (1959) from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr.
Sills other degrees includes a Master of Music (1967) and Doctor of Arts (1977) from the
University of Mississippi.
he received the Outstanding Contributor Award from Phi Beta Mu at the 1996 Mississippi State
Band Clinic. They have one son Dr. Al Sills.
DAVID SANDIDGE 2004
David Sandidge received his Bachelor of Science degree at Memphis State University where
he was feature soloist in the orchestra and played with the Memphis Symphony. He was
principal horn in the Eighth Infantry Division Band for two years. He studied with professional
horn players, Miles Markuscha and James Chambers and earned his Master of Music
Education Degree at the University of Mississippi. He did post graduate work at Mississippi
State University, University of Mississippi, and University of Southern Mississippi.
David Sandidge was band director at Gulfport High School, Ms, from 1973-1985. During his
time, the Gulfport High School Band, grades 10-12, was selected “Best in Class” at the Six
Flags Over Georgia Invitational Band Contest, rated “superior” in parade, marching, and
concert at Contraband Band Contest in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and ranked in the top five of
27 bands in the highest classification at he Great American Band Contest in Orlando, Florida.
The band performed by invitation at the Mississippi State University Reading Clinic, the
University of Southern Mississippi Conductor’s Conference in ‘’79, ’82’, and ’85, the Delta
Band Festival, and the Tupelo Band Festival. The band consistently made superior ratings at
state contest in concert, sightreading, and marching. The Gulf Coast Marching Band Festival
and the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association Clinic.
Mr. Sandidge was previously band director in Bruce, MS, Hazlehurst, MS, and Clarksdale, MS.
He retired from the Birdville Independent School District in Texas in 1997 after twelve years
teaching in North Richland Hills and Haltom City. On his return to Mississippi he has directed
the Hebron Christian School Band since 2001, whre he received superiors in Concert and
sightreading both years. In 2003 the Herbon Band was inducted into he Mid South Hall of
He served as director of the Mississippi Lions All-State Band for eleven years: seven years as
concert director, two years as marching director, and two years as assistant director-manager.
The Lions Band won the international parade completion both years that he served as
in 1984, Mr. Sandidge was honored with the Phi Beta Mu Award for “Outstanding Band
Director in Mississippi”, and in 1985, the National Band Association’s Award for “excellence in
Music Education”. A proclamation by the mayor, in 1985, created “David Sandidge Day” in
Gulfport, MS. In 2000 he was elected a charter member of the Gulf coast Band Directors
Association “Hall of Fame’, and again was presented the National Band Association’s
“Citation of Excellence”.
Mr. Sandidge has served as president of Mississippi Bandmasters’ Association, twice
president and permanent executive secretary of Phi Beta Mu, Delta Chapter, twice president
and executive secretary of the Gulf Coast Band Directors Association, founder and president
of the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors Association, president of the Central Mississippi
Band Directors Association, and president of the Delta Band s Association. He was elected
President of the Mississippi Private School Band Association in 2003. For twelve years he was
a member of Texas Bandmasters Association, the Texas Music Educators Association, and Phi
Beta Mu, Alpha Chapter.
Mr. Sandidge has served as adjudicator and clinician in Louisiana, Arkansas, Florida,
Alabama, Tennessee, Tesas, and Mississippi.
Larry Howell 2005
Larry Howell received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education from Mississippi
State University in 1963. During his undergraduate years, he served as President of the MSU
Band and helped organize Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, serving as charter president. He earned his
Master of Music Education Degree in 1966. In 1970 Mr. Howell was certified in Guidance and
Vocational Guidance, and in 1983 he earned a AA certification I Administration. From 1963-
1985 he was on the teaching staff and was Band Director at MSU Summer Music Camp. Many
of his students won individual and group-trophies during these camps. Mr. Howell was High
School Band Director in Okolona, MS, from 1963-66. The band improved during these years
under his direction. He had many outstanding students. One performed professionally and
now teaches on the university level.
Larry Howell moved to Louisville, MS, serving as High School Band Director and Director of
Bands from 1966 to 1979. During his tenure the Louisville HS Band received many superiors
and honors. The band was selected in 1970 for First Chair of America. Louisville HS and
Junior HS bands performed as guest concert bands at the 1973 University of Southern
Mississippi Conductor’s Conference. Under his leadership in Louisville, his students were
regularly selected to Lion’s All State Band and earned numerous superiors in MS Solo and
Ensemble Festivals. Many students have gone on to be professional recording performers and
band directors in MS, FL, TX, TN, & GA. Mr. Howell was elected to the 1971 Executive Board of
MMEA, Band Division, serving through the offices to President of MMEA Band Division in
1974. He was honored as 1972 Outstanding Young Educator of the Year by Winston County
Jaycees, and he was president of Louisville’s Lion’s Club. In the same year, he was invited to
be a member of ASBDA. He was chosen to be Lion’s All State Concert Director I 1973 and
again in 1977. In 1973 Mr. Howell was appointed Honorary Colonel & Aide-de-Camp,
Governor’s Staff by Governor Bill Waller. Mr. Howell was named as Distinguished Bandmaster
of America “First Chair of American” in 1976. he was honored with the 1977 Outstanding
Bandmaster Award by Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Howell was elected to serve as President of
Mississippi Music Educators Association; during this time he represented Mississippi at the
International Music Camp In-Service Conference at Interlocken, MI. As president of MMEA he
received national recognition at the 1978 Music Educators National Conference that was held
in Chicago, IL, for registering the greatest membership increase in state membership. During
that year he was responsible for organizing the first “Unified Convention for Music Education”
in Mississippi for All State Band, All State Chorus, and All State Orchestra.
In 1979 Larry Howell accepted the position of High School Band Director at Dalton, GA. That
year Dalton HS Concert Band received their first superior ratings in Concert and Sight
Reading. They won first place at Atlantic States marching Festival and the Peach State
marching Festival. The band won the 1980 Grand Champion trophy at the Desoto National
Marching Festival in Bradenton, FL. Mr. Howell moved bank to Louisville, MS. He the returned
to the Louisville Band Program as Band Director. He served as 1989 president of Phi Beta Mu,
Delta Chapter, and was a member of the Phi Beta Mu committee which founded the MS Band
Directors Hall of Fame. He also served on the State Board for MS Lion’s All State Band and
served as a member of the State Committee to write the Music Aim Plan. Larry Howell worked
for Mississippi Music, Inc., as Band Representative out of the Meridian, MS, store from
January 1986-95, serving bands and their directors in east central Mississippi.
In 1995 Mr. Howell became Band Director for a new consolidated school band program at
Newton County High School. During the following four years, the new band was very
successful. He served as MSU Alumni Band President form 1995-97.
Mr. Howell retired from public schools in 1999. he serves as Delta Chapter’s executive
secretary for Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. He still serves on the Alumni
Band Board, with their ultimate goal- the realization of a new band hall at Mississippi State
University. He serves as a board officer of the Red Hills Arts Foundation to build a community
home for the arts in Louisville, MS. From 1997-2005 he has xo-directed with a former student
an annual benefit “Home for Christmas Concert” for Louisville, MS, natives who are
performers, songwriters, and Grammy Award winners. Mr. Howell continues to serve each year
as a stage manager at MHSAA Concert and Sight Reading Festival and as a guest conductor,
announcer, and adjudicator in Mississippi and Alabama.
David Young 2005
David W. Young retired as Professor of Instrumental Music and Director of Bands in the
William Carey College School of Music in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he established the
degree program for instrumental music. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from
Delta State University and a Master of Music Education degree from Mississippi State
Having held high school directorships in Ruleville and Grenada (Mississippi), he served as
Director of Bands at Holmes Junior College before moving to Jones Junior College (Ellisville,
Mississippi) in 1981 to assume a similar position. There he became the leader of a group of
collegiate musicians who, under his direction, rapidly gained a reputation as one of the most
entertaining marching showbands in the southeastern United States. Significant recognition
for the Jones Junior College “Maroon Typhoon” came with their 1990 appearance in the
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The first selection of a Mississippi band for
this prestigious event in 25 years, their performance resulted in a invitation to participate in
the New Year’s Day Festival in London, England, as the Lord Mayor of London’s featured band.
In addition to his dynamic leadership of the “Typhoon,” Mr. Young was also credited with the
building of a strong symphonic band program at Jones.
Prior to his retirement from public education in Mississippi, Mr. Young was an active member
of the Mississippi Community/Junior College Band Association, having been instrumental in
its founding and serving as its first president. He also served as conductor of the Mississippi
Junior College All-State Band, and at a ceremony honoring his retirement, the Association
publicly recognized his years of achievement and dedicated service to Mississippi bands.
Named to Outstanding Young Men of America and to Outstanding Bandmasters of the 20th
Century, he was also honored by his undergraduate university for his contributions in the field
of music when he was inducted into the Delta State University Music Hall of Fame. He was also
selected for inclusion in the Mississippi Who’s Who in areas of both music education and
Mr. Young is in continuing demand as conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for both concert
and marching band events throughout the southern United States. His musical interests are
many and diverse. He is in his sixth season as Director of the City of Hattiesburg Concert
Band, of which he has been a performing member since its origination in 1982. In 1997 he
established both Hub City Swing, a 40’s-style jazz group, and Jubilant Brass, a contemporary
Christian instrumental quintet. Active in the field of church music, he has long years of service
as a church choral and instrumental director and has been a member of the Mississippi
Singing Churchmen for more than 20 years and, in addition, leads the Churchmen’s Brass. He
directs the Mississippi Baptist All-State Youth Orchestra, which he founded in 1992, and in
1999 was named Instrumental Consultant for the Church Music Department of the Mississippi
Baptist Convention Board and now serves as director of the Mississippi Baptist Symphony
Floyd Stevens 2007
Floyd Stevens grew up in Lucedale, in South Mississippi. He graduated from Lucedale High
School in 1962 and continued his education at the University of Southern Mississippi
graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. He received a Master of Music
Education degree in 1972 from the University of Colorado with post graduate work at the
University of Mississippi, Delta State University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.
Mr. Stevens taught in the Tishomingo County Schools starting the band programs at
Burnsville and Tishomingo Schools. In the fall of 1966, Mr. Stevens moved to Tupelo where he
taught for 39 years, 4 years at Milam Junior High School and 35 years as Director of Bands at
Tupelo High School.
Mr. Stevens’ Milam Junior High and Tupelo High School Bands consistently received Superior
ratings at regional festivals as well as State Band Festival in Concert, Sight Reading, and
Marching. In National Competitions the Tupelo Bands consistently earned Superior Ratings
and Best In Class Awards. These Music Festivals included Tri-State Music Festival in Enid,
Oklahoma four times plus many other National Music Festivals throughout the Eastern United
States including San Antonio, Orlando, Tampa, Chicago, and Washington, DC. The Tupelo
Band represented the State of Mississippi in the 1989 Presidential Inaugural Parade for
President George Bush in Washington, DC and in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl Parade and
Championship in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1997 the Tupelo Band Program was recognized with the
ASBDA Award of Excellence for Mississippi which recognizes band programs that
consistently exhibit high standards of excellence at all levels over long periods of time.
Mr. Stevens is a member of the Mississippi Bandmasters Association, a Past President where
he served on the Executive Committee for four years. While serving on the Executive
Committee he was involved with the Band Organization’s transition from the MMEA Band
Division to the present Mississippi Bandmasters Association serving as the second President
of the present MBA. He is a long time member of the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors
Association where he was involved in the reorganization of the NEMBDA into its’ present day
format and has served as President twice. Mr. Stevens is a long time member of both the
American School Band Directors Association and the National Band Association and served
many years as State Chairman of both organizations. Mr. Stevens was elected to become a
member of the prestigious Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Mu Band Fraternity and later served as
its’ President. He has served on the Executive Board of the Lee County Forestry Association.
Mr. Stevens is a charter member of the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra where he has served on
staff and as a performer with this professional orchestra frequently heard on the Mississippi
Public Broadcast program, Mississippi Concert Hall. He has also performed with Orchestras
at USM, the University of Colorado, and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra.
In 1971, Mr. Stevens started the Mississippi Invitational Marching Festival, the second oldest
Marching Festival in the state and one of the most successful in the Southeast, and served as
Coordinator for 34 years. In that same year he was instrumental in starting the Tupelo
Christmas Band Festival and Christmas Parade which consisted of two parades and afternoon
concerts by high school and University bands. In 1985 Mr. Stevens was selected as concert
director of the Mississippi Lions All State Band. In 1996, Mr. Stevens helped initiate the first
“Drummin’ Down the Trace Drum and Bugle Corps Contest” which annually brings the best
drum and bugle corps in the world to Tupelo. In 2004 he was instrumental in initiating the first
MHSAA-MBA State Marching Band Championship and presently serves as Championship
Coordinator where he is responsible for all aspects of the Championship. In 2006 Mr. Stevens
was chosen to serve as Sight Reading Coordinator for State Band Festival. Mr. Stevens has
adjudicated Festivals and Contests or served as a clinician in Mississippi, Alabama,
Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, and South Carolina.
Mr. Stevens was awarded the1982-83 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Band Director Award for
Mississippi and the 1986 George Henry Schultz Award for the Outstanding Band Director of
Northeast Mississippi. He is a two time recipient of the National Band Association “Citation of
Excellence” award and was selected as Star Teacher for Tupelo High School 1999-2000. In
2003 he was recognized with the “Teacher of Distinction Award” for Tupelo High School
presented by the CREATE Foundation. Mr. Stevens has been listed in The Outstanding Young
Men of America, The World Who’s Who of Musicians and Who’s Who Among America’s
Teachers twice. Mr. Stevens was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Band Directors Hall
of Fame in 2006. One of the greatest honors for Mr. Stevens is the knowledge that the majority
of his students have continued their musical experiences in college with many becoming
music performers, teachers and/or band directors on all levels including the university level.
Mr. Stevens is married to Linda Stejskal Stevens, USM 1967 with a Bachelor of Music
Education degree, and they have three children. Christopher Stevens graduated from USM in
1999 with a Bachelor of History degree. Brian Stevens is a 1998 USM graduate with a Bachelor
of Music degree in Percussion Performance. Emily Stevens is a 2001 USM graduate with a
Bachelor of Music Education degree with post graduate work at Arkansas State University. All
three of Mr. Stevens’ children are in the field of education with two of them as Music
Charles (Mickey) Grove 2007
Charles Michael Grove, began his instrumental music training in Jackson, Mississippi, first at
Bailey Junior High, under the leadership of Leland Byler, and then at Central High, under the
leadership of Louis Pullo. He continued his education at Hinds Junior College, Texas Christian
University , and the University of Mississippi. He began his teaching career in Indianola,
Mississippi, in 1960, while at the same time serving six years in the Mississippi Air National
Guard. In 1970, he moved to Kosciusko, Mississippi, where he continued to teach until his
retirement from full time teaching in 1989. During this time he held staff positions with the
Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps, of Racine, Wisconsin, the Memphis Blues Drum & Bugle Corps, of
Memphis, Tennessee, and Southwind Drum & Bugle Corps, of Montgomery, Alabama. He
served as director/manager of the Mississippi Lion’s All State Band, on numerous occasions
including trips to Taiwan, and Australia. Additional musical activities include, serving as
chancel choir director of FUMC Indianola, FBC Indianola, and FUMC Kosciusko. He was a
regular staff member of summer music camps in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee,
and Arkansas. His organizational memberships include Phi Mu alpha Sinfonia, music
fraternity, Phi Beta Mu bandmaster fraternity, charter member of Kappa Kappa Psi, University
of Mississippi, and alumnae representative of Sigma Pi, social fraternity, University of
Mississippi. He is a certified winter Guard International adjudicator, Bands of America
adjudicator, and a member of the Gulfcoast Judging association. He was the recipient of the
Phi Beta Mu, outstanding bandmaster award in 1974, twice named Mississippi Star Teacher,
1977, and 1981, and received the MAC award. Under his leadership, the Kosciusko, band was
rated superior in concert, sight reading, and marching for eighteen years. The band twice
received the Fruehauf, trophy for best appearing band at the Tri State Festival, in Enid,
Oklahoma. During his tenure, the band performed at the Delta Band Festival, Greenwood,
Mississippi, the Tupelo Christmas Festival, the New Materials Clinic, Mississippi State, and the
Conductors Conference, University of Southern Mississippi. The Kosciusko band was the
recipient of two Bands of America class “A”, Summer Nationals championships, and three
Regional class “A”, championships. Additional honors include, the Indianola band being
featured as guest high school band at the Liberty Bowl, 1969, and the Kosciusko band being
featured in the High School Activities Association magazine, as well as performing for
President Nixon, on his visit to Jackson, Mississippi. On three occasions the band toured the
Mid-West, competing and winning placement awards at each event. After completing twenty-
nine years in public education, he was employed for nine years with Mississippi Music Inc., as
music buyer and educational consultant. He resides in Kosciusko, and is still an active
adjudicator, clinician, and music consultant.
William Glen Buckalew 2010
William Glen Buckalew retired after teaching music in Mississippi for thirty years. The last
twenty years he served as Director of Instrumental Music for the Gulfport School District. He
was assistant director of bands for the Hattiesburg School District and the director of bands at
Warren Junior High School in Vicksburg before moving to Gulfport. Mr. Buckalew is a native
Mississippian and a graduate of Hattiesburg High School. He received his Bachelor of Music
Education and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Southern
Under Mr. Buckalew’s direction, the Gulfport High School Band received superior ratings for
all contest and festival events including the 1999 Smoky Mountain Music Festival and was the
1991 winner of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. In 1998, Mr. Buckalew was
included in a feature article in Band and Orchestra Magazine. That year he also received the
prestigious “Legion of Honor Award” from the John Phillip Sousa Foundation. Other awards
include the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Award, National Band
Association Citation of Excellence – on two separate occasions, Phi Beta Mu Mississippi Band
Director of the Year - on two separate occasions, A.S.B.D.A. Outstanding Band Director of
Mississippi, Gulf Coast Band Directors Association Outstanding Band Director of the Year –
on two separate occasions, and was the inaugural recipient of the A.E. McClain Outstanding
Young Band Director for the state of Mississippi.
He has served as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the Southeastern United States. Mr.
Buckalew was elected to the Executive Board of the Mississippi Band Masters Association
and served that organization as president in 1993. He has also served as president of the Gulf
Coast Band Director’s Association and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Buckalew served as the first ever
Fine Arts Advisor to the Executive Council of the Mississippi High School Activities
His professional affiliations include membership in the Mississippi Bandmasters Association,
Phi Beta Mu, National Band Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
He is married to the former Soni Jo Guice. They have two grown children, Lauren and Adam.
The Buckalews are active members of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Thomas V. Fraschillo 2015
Thomas V. Fraschillo, DMA, has served as a catalyst and mentor for members of the teaching
profession. His high standards of performance have had a sustained influence on ensembles
at every level, and his performances serve as models in both the professional or academic
arena. Through his recordings, The Music of Luigi Zaninelli and The University of Southern
Mississippi Wind Ensemble LIVE IN ITALY (recorded in Italy), and his publishing, conducting,
and lecturing in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia, he is considered an
international musician/scholar. His publications, translations from the original Italian of
Alessandro Vessella’s Studi di strumentazione (Instrumentation Studies), and La Tecnica
dell’orchestra contemporanea (The Technique of Contemporary Orchestration) by Alfredo
Casella and Vittorio Mortari, both published by BMG Ricordi, Milan, have put his name in
libraries of the entire English speaking world. As a writer/scholar Dr. Fraschillo is a
contributing editor to the American Grove Dictionary, 2nd Edition and serves as a frequent
conductor and lecturer in Italy. His most recent appearances in Italy have been with La Banda
dell’esercito/The Italian Army Band in Rome. One of his most significant engagements with
them signaled a very important milestone for the Italian Army in that Dr. Fraschillo was the
first American-born conductor to have been invited to appear in a public performance by what
is considered Italy’s most prestigious military concert band. The concert with Dr. Fraschillo
conducting was the opening concert of the International Festival in Spoleto, “The Festival of
Two Worlds, Festival dei due mondi.” His appearance was enormously significant for
conductors of bands in that the opening performance featured such international artists as
Gian Carlo Menotti, the renowned composer, the Orchestra and Giuseppe Verdi Chorus of
Milan, and the Italian actress, Claudia Cardinale. Finally, in Italy Dr. Fraschillo often serves as a
member of the judging panel for many international festivals, most notably the Concorso
Internazionale di Composizione “R. Marenco” di Novi Ligure, and the Concorso Internazionale
di Composizione Originale per Banda di Corciano.
Aside from Dr. Fraschillo’s work in Europe, he is often engaged throughout the continents of
Asia, and Australia. The Melbourne, Australia, Summer Youth Music Program has invited Dr.
Fraschillo to be their guest conductor for their summer session for five years. In addition the
Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association has invited him to lecture and to
adjudicate at their large ensemble festivals. Dr. Fraschillo’s other work in the Pacific Rim
includes having served as clinician and guest conductor of the Central Armed Forces Band in
Singapore and as conductor of the Singapore All-College Band sponsored by the Wind Band
Association of Singapore. In 2009 and 2010 Dr. Fraschillo served as Artistic Director for the
weeklong Winter Band Festival at Disney, Hong Kong.
Dr. Fraschillo has recently been recognized by election to the National Band Association’s Hall
of Fame of Distinguished Conductors, a distinct honor that recognizes his lengthy career as a
public school, university, and professional conductor.
Dr. Fraschillo devoted a significant amount of his career to the education of young people in
Mississippi. For example his ten-year tenure at Meridian High School was highlighted by a
performance at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious music
event for wind and string educators. The invitation was only the second to have been given to
a band from Mississippi. Dr. Fraschillo’s Meridian students obtained successes not before
reached, for he taught and helped place the first African-American students in the Mississippi
All-State Band. Not only were they among the first minority members, but they were also the
first African-Americans to attain the very highest positions in the group.
Dr. Fraschillo has attained a significant level in the realm of international leadership in that he
serves as a past president of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, past
president of the world’s largest organization for band directors, the National Band
Association, and President of the CBDNA Southern Division.