Col. Hal J. Gibson
Col. Hal Gibson has
conducted concerts in all 50 states and in 36 foreign countries. The
first person to be named Conductor Emeritus of the U.S. Army Field
Band, Gibson also is the only person to be named Professor of Music
Emeritus by the Georgia Board of Regents for Columbus College, now
Columbus State University, a position he held for 15 years. He has
achieved numerous honors during his career, including being selected
to form, command and conduct the multi-service Department of Defense
Bicentennial Band and receiving the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
International Orpheus Award.
Col. Gibson retired from
the United States Army as the conductor of the United States Armed
Forces Bicentennial Band, the nation’s most elite military band.
His career as a military musician began when, after returning from
service in the South Pacific in WW II, he was elected to become the
bandleader and commander of the newly formed 49th Armored
Division of the Texas National Guard. This band quickly became known
as one of the finest line bands in the Army of both active and
reserve forces. The unit was twice awarded the Eisenhower Trophy,
which is annually presented to a state’s most outstanding unit.
After being recalled to active duty with the 4th Armored
Division Band in Germany, his band won first prize in international
competition against 80 bands from 22 countries in both concert and
marching competition. Colonel Gibson also served with the Military
Academy Band at West Point and conducted the nationally acclaimed
Cadet Glee Club. After being assigned as the commander and conductor
of the Army’s :showcase” traveling Musical Ambassadors from
Washington, D.C.-The United States Army Field Band, he was selected
to conduct the Department of Defense Band that toured the country in
1975-76. This band later became known as the Bicentennial Band.
Prior to his military service, Colonel Hal Gibson also served as a high school band director in Texas. It was at this tenure of his career that he served as the high school band director for famed band composer, Frances McBeth.