Five new members were inducted into the National Bandmasters Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors during a banquet on Saturday at Troy University.
Inducted were Dr. Bobby Adams from Stetson University; Ray E. Cramer from Indiana University; Paula A. Crider from the University of Texas; Thomas V. Fraschillo from the University of Southern Mississippi and the late John P. Paynter from Northwestern University.
The Hall of Fame opened on the Troy Campus in 1980 and later moved to its current location in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor. It is the only national hall of fame located in Alabama. The National Band Association is the world’s largest band organization.
Adams serves as director of bands, professor of music education and coordinator of instrumental music at the Stetson University School of Music in DeLand, Fla. A member of the Stetson faculty since 1987, Dr. Adams conducts the University Symphonic Band, teaches advanced instrumental conducting and courses in music education. Prior to his appointment at Stetson, Dr. Adams taught in the public schools of Indiana and Florida for 25 years. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State University, a master’s degree in music education from Murray State University and the doctorate in music education from Florida State University. Bands under Dr. Adams’ direction have performed at 31 state, regional and national conventions. He is past president of the National Band Association, the Music Educators National Conference – Southern Division, the College Band Directors National Association – Southern Division, the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Bandmasters Association. He is chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors.
Cramer served as a member of the Indiana University School of Music faculty from the fall of 1969 through May 2005. In 1982, he was appointed director of bands. Under his leadership the Indiana University Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances including the 1984 joint American Bandmasters/Japan Bandmasters Association Convention in Tokyo, as well as a tour to six cities in Japan in the spring of 2000. In addition to his administrative responsibilities as the chair of the Department of Bands/Wind Conducting, Cramer taught graduate courses in wind conducting, history and literature and also conducted the University Orchestra from 1994-2001. Prior to his appointment at Indiana University, Cramer taught public school in Bardolph, Ill., West Liberty, Iowa, Harlan, Iowa and Parma, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, as well as honorary doctorates from Western Illinois University, Vandercook College of Music and an honorary professorship at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo.
Crider, professor emerita at the University of Texas, continues to share her passion for making music through an active schedule as a guest conductor, lecturer, clinician and adjudicator. Crider has taught in the public schools at all levels, and holds the unique distinction of having been the first female in the state of Texas to serve as director of bands at a Class 5-A high school. During her tenure at the University of Texas, Crider conducted the Symphony Band, the Longhorn Marching and Concert Bands and served as instructor for undergraduate conducting, brass methods graduate wind literature, supervised student teachers and served as administrator for the Longhorn Music Camps. Highly acclaimed for its musical and marching excellence, the 380-member Longhorn Bands enjoyed national acclaim under her leadership. She continues to serve as visiting guest professor at universities throughout the country. Twice during her tenure at the University of Texas, Crider was awarded the “Eyes of Texas” Award for distinguished teaching. In December, Crider was inducted into the Women Band Directors International Hall of Fame.
Dr. Fraschillo has served as catalyst and mentor for the teaching profession for 45 years. Presently retired, Dr. Fraschillo serves as an adjunct professor at Reinhardt University in Waleski, Ga., where he teaches classes in music and Italian. During his tenure at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University’s ensembles were featured on frequent public radio broadcasts and performed for regional and national conventions including two of the American Bandmasters Association and three of the College Band Directors’ National Association. Considered an international musician/scholar, Dr. Fraschillo holds the distinction of being the first American-born conductor to have been invited to appear with the Italian Army Band during the opening concert of the International Festival in Spoleto. Aside from his work in Europe, Dr. Fraschillo is often engaged throughout Asia and Australia, having served on five occasions as a guest conductor of the Melbourne, Australia Summer Youth Music Program. In addition, he has served as clinician and guest conductor of the Central Armed Forces Band in Singapore and as conductor of the Singapore All-College Band.
John P. Paynter, who passed away in 1996, received both his bachelor and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. He was appointed to the full-time faculty as director of the marching band, assistant director of bands and instructor of theory at Northwestern in 1951. He directed the Northwestern University Wildcat Marching Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band, firmly establishing the Northwestern Bands among the elite of collegiate band programs. He was co-founder of the National Band Association, served as its second president from 1962-1966 and has been named Honorary Life President. He received the prestigious AWAPA award from the National Band Association in 1972. In addition, he served as president of the Midwest Clinic Board of directors, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and the American Bandmaster Association. His role as lecturer and guest conductor took him to 47 states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel, Japan and South America. Paynter has been enshrined in the Halls of Fame of Phi Bet Mu, Northwestern University Athletics, Bands of America and National Band Association.
Five new members were inducted into the National Bandmasters Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors during a banquet on Saturday at Troy University. Inducted, from left to right, were: Dr. Bobby Adams, Ray E. Cramer, Dr. Thomas Fraschillo and Paula A. Crider. Inducted posthumously was John P. Paynter.