About Us

Oliver C. Boone, Ph.D. Executive Director

  

A veteran educator since 1979, he has served as a school principal, school director, headmaster, and music teacher. 

Dr. Boone was a nationally honored classroom music teacher recognized by two United States Presidents for his outstanding teaching. He was a semifinalist for the National Music Teacher of the Year by the Grammy Foundation. As a high school band director for more than 20 years, his bands won in national competition on three separate occasions. Dr. Boone is a published composer. As a director he has led his bands to performances at the Tournament of Roses Parade (California), the Cherry Blossom festival (Washington, D.C.) and the National Adjudicators Festival (Virginia). His bands have been seen on the ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and C-Span television networks. In 1991, he was named as one of seven individuals nationally as a finalist for high school band director of the year by the Hall of Fame Foundation.  An  All State High School Band Member of the State of Alabama, in 1992 he was selected into the National high School Band Director’s Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Boone has served on the faculty of numerous universities as a Professor of Humanities and Education. A former dean of academics and a public school administrator, Dr. Boone has received national honors. In 2005 he was nominated for the Principal of the Year (Alabama). 

Dr. Boone has been named twice to Who's Who Among America's High School Teachers and was named with Outstanding Young Men of America. He has also been named into the National Registry’s Who’s Who for Business Executives. He is a member of the National Band Association and the Lions Club International.

He and his wife, Robin, have two adult children, Lauren and Matthew. 

A. Harold Blankenship-Deputy Director 

 A. Harold Blankenship received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Troy State University in 1979. He later earned the Master in Science in Education from Troy State University. He has led his bands to numerous national honors throughout his career. His concert and marching bands have rated superior at countless events including: Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, State Competition (Alabama), and literally hundreds of regional and national competitions. Additionally, he is a recipient of the National Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.  In 2001 he was named into National High School Band Director's Hall of Fame. Formerly serving as the Head of the Music Department for Stanhope-Elmore High School in Alabama for 19 years,Blankenship has served as the Director of the Huntingdon "First" College Band in Montgomery, Alabama.