Bandmasters Hall of Fame to induct two at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 29 January 2008

TROY, AL – The National Band Association will induct two conductors into its Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors Saturday.

The induction ceremony for Dr. Donald E. McGinnis and Mr. Edward S. Lisk will take place in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor at 12 p.m.

“This honor is considered to be the highest honor that can be given as an American Bandmaster,” said Dr. John M. Long, director emeritus of the John M. Long School of Music.

Long said McGinnis, who served as director of bands at Ohio State University, is a past-president of the American Bandmasters Association. In 2007, he was elected Honorary Life President of the group. He is an internationally known conductor, clinician and performer, having played both principal clarinet and flute in the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for 10 years. Dr. McGinnis received the Distinguished Service to Music Award from Kappa Kappa Psi, the American School Band Directors Association Harding Award and the Ohio State University School of Music Award for Distinguished Service. He is OSU’s Director of Bands Emeritus and is knows worldwide as a virtuoso performer and teacher.

Mr. Lisk, a past-president of both the American Bandmasters Association and the National Band Association, served as Director of Bands and Supervisor of Music for the Oswega, New York public schools for 21 years – during which time his bands were recognized by the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s Historic Roll of Honor of High School Concert Bands (1920-1980). He is an internationally known clinician, conductor and author of several books. He serves on the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors and serves as vice-president for administration of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. In 1978, he co-founded the New York State Band Directors Association. He currently serves Carl Fischer Music Publications as editor of the Edwin Franko Goldman March Series and is listed in Who’s Who in American Education.

The ceremony takes place amid the 35th Annual Southeastern United States Honor Band and Clinic that will bring members of more than 100 high school bands to the Troy Campus this weekend.