TROY, Ala.—The National Band Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors at Troy University inducted its three newest members today during a luncheon in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor on the Troy Campus.
The association also installed, in a surprise move, an honorary president: Dr. John M. Long, Troy University director of bands emeritus and chairman of the board of directors of the National Band Association.
Inducted in the Hall of Fame – Alabama’s only national hall of fame -- were Ray Cramer, longtime director of bands at Indiana University, who was unable to attend the ceremony, William J. Moody, longtime director of the School of Music of the University of South Carolina; and Frank B. Wickes, director of bands at Louisiana State University.
“We believe in our traditions at Troy University, and in the excellence in music and music education,” said Dr. Ed Roach, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at TROY, who welcomed members and guests to the event on behalf of Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr., Chancellor. “This is a great day for the honorees, but it is also a great day for our University.”
“I have enjoyed conducting and I have enjoyed teaching,” Dr. Moody said, receiving the honor. “There is nothing more rewarding than to see my students who have become successes in their own right.”
Dr. Wickes similarly found comfort in seeing the fruits of his teaching, but also credited his staff, some of whom were in attendance at the ceremony, with his success as a musician.
“This is the greatest honor of my life,” he said. “I am honored with this, but I may have the longest-serving staff in the Southeastern Conference. As a staff we may not always agree [with approach] but do so philosophically.”
Both honorees, however, helped shine the spotlight on Dr. Long.
Dr. Moody, who edited the Journal of Band Research from 1995 until 2005, said the world’s only academic journal of band research would not have been possible without the instance of Dr. Long.
“The journal would not have been without Johnny Long,” he said. “He spanned two organizations (American Bandmasters and NBA), and he’s been central to their success.”
Adding to the accolades, Dr. Wickes commented on the University’s Hall of Honor.
“When I walk into this building, this is the way you do things right,” he said. “The building is here through Dr. Long’s persistence and drive.”
Current National Band Association President Dr. John Culverhouse said the association wished to thank Dr. Long for “his service to our profession.”