Bandmasters Hall of Fame to induct three at Troy University

Posted: Tuesday, 02 February 2010

TROY, Ala.—The National Band Association will induct three conductors into its Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors Saturday.

The induction ceremony for Dr. Ray E. Cramer, Dr. William J. Moody and Mr. Frank B. Wickes 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.

Dr. Cramer served for 24 years as director of bands at Indiana University and was a member of its School of Music faculty for 36 years before retiring in 2005. Under his leadership, the Indiana University Wind Ensemble earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances including tours in Japan and numerous national and international conventions. He is a past national president of the College Band Directors National Association, the American Bandmasters Association and served as president of the Indiana Bandmasters Association, the North Central Division of the CBDNA and the Big Ten Band Directors Association. Currently, he is president of the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra convention held in Chicago, Ill. each December. He is a regular guest conductor for the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Moody earned his doctorate in education and music education from the University of Minnesota. He is the co-founder/conductor of the Palmetto Concert Band, an ensemble comprised of mainly University of South Carolina graduates who direct school bands or teach instrumental music privately. He served as director of the School of Music at South Carolina for 17 years, during which time he conducted two operas per year for the Columbia Lyric Opera. Prior to his stint at South Carolina, he was director of bands at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Southern Mississippi, and Duluth (Minn.) Central High School. He is a past president of the National Band Association and has served as secretary-treasurer of the American Bandmasters Association.

Mr. Wickes became director of bands at Louisiana State University in 1980, after having served as director of bands and professor of saxophone at the University of Florida, Fort Hunt High School in Fairfax County, Va., and band director at Alexis I. DuPont High School in Wilmington, Del. Last year, “The Golden Band from Tigerland” was honored by its induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the first college band to be so honored. Under his leadership in 2002, the Tiger Band received the Sudler Trophy, the “Heisman Trophy of College Marching Bands” from the John Phillip Sousa Foundation. He is a member of the Louisiana Music Educators Hall of Fame and the National Band Association’s Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts.

The ceremony takes place amid the 37th Annual Southeastern United States Honor Band and Clinic that will bring some 900 members of high school bands to the Troy Campus this weekend. The National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors is located on the Troy Campus in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor, and was the first national hall of fame to be located in Alabama when it opened in 1980. The National Band Association is the largest band organization in the world.