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EDYTHE MOORE McARTHUR 1996 1936-2009   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 contests. 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 Fame. 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 marching director. 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 University. 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 religion. 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 Orchestra.     
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 Educators.     
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 Mississippi. 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 Association. 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.