The High School Band Directors National Hall of Fame

Dr. Watie Riley Pickens

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The National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame was co-founded in 1985 by Dr. Watie Riley Pickens and Mr. Bobby Lee Cude. It was organized for the purpose of recognizing and honoring outstanding high school band directors. There are no fees, dues or costs to the recipients of the honors and awards.

The National High School Band Directors Hall Of Fame is a non-profit privately funded honorary society open to all persons who qualify professionally and show an interest in meeting the stipulations for membership regardless of race, gender, sexual preference or political affiliations. It is cost free to the honorees, and a laurel for their careers and an endorsement of their musical acumen and accomplishment. The National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame exemplifies significant achievement in band teaching. We are committed to the advancement of music education through research, the commissioning of band literature, performance, teaching and the educational development of the band director and the band student.

Finest Band Directors in the US

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Dr. Watie Riley Pickens, co-founder of the National High School Band Directors Hall Of Fame, says"...."The world of music, made up of writers, arrangers, performers, conductors, teachers, and equally important the patrons, must seek its immortality in the young, for as greatness emerges, so does the final curtain--for us all. The National High School Band Directors Hall Of Fame exists for the primary purposes of honoring those that teach, guide, and lead young musicians in the formation of their musical interests--some to be appreciators, others to enter the world of music as a career--and make the world a prettier place for all of us to live".

Dr. Pickens served as the Executive Director of the NHSBD Hall of Fame from 1985 until 2004. He was previously the Director of Graduate Studies at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He is a graduate from Oklahoma State University. He received the Doctorate Degree from the University of Florida.

Bobby Lee Cude

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Mr. Bobby Lee Cude, co-founder of the National High School Band Directors Hall Of Fame, says"...High school bands make-up the largest body of public performers in our nation , performing in every community all across America from coast-to-coast entertaining thousands and thousands of people every week, even millions of people around the world when their performances are televised by the major networks in such events as the Rose Bowl Parade . Beautifully costumed, well choreographed these high school marching bands are in show business in a big way! What would a parade be without them, they are an American tradition! "

Mr. Cude is a graduate from Murray College in Tishomingo, Oklahoma as well as Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He established the Cude & Pickens Music Publishing Company in 1978 


Welcome Directors to the Hall of Fame. See the nations best band directors

 

The National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame maintains the sole objective of recognizing and promoting our nations outstanding high school band directors.  Our organization recognizes the importance of all band areas including concert, marching, jazz, band literature, band research, and solo & ensemble events.  Additionally, we are an advocate for the teaching of band in our public schools and focusing on the educational significance of band in the school curriculum.

Music Education enhances the education development of every child.

The National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame exemplifies significant achievement in band teaching through consistent excellence on the concert stage, outside performance arena or jazz hall  We are committed to the advancement of music education through research, the commissioning of new band literature, performance, teaching, and the educational development of the band director and the band student. 

The National High School Band Directors Hall of Fame is a privately funded organization.

Dr. Boone at Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Dr. Boone gives an overview of the National High School Band Director's Hall of Fame at the famed Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia

Hall of Fame Members

Dr. Ronald Demkee

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Pennsylvania

1982

Mr. Ken Kay

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California

1984

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Mr. Richard Hinkle

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Pennsylvania

1985

Mr. Harlan Daubert

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Pennsylvania

1986

Dr. William Foster

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Florida

1986

Mr. Larry Guilliouma

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Texas

1987

Mr. William Ingram

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California

1988

Mr. Warren Sperry

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Illinois

1988

Mr. Harry Simon

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New York

1989

Mr. James Kusserow

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California

1990

Mr. Frank Hughes

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New Jersey

1991

Dr. Oliver Boone

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Georgia

1992

Mr. Matt Brown

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South Carolina

1992

Dr. Charles Bullard

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Michigan

1992

Mr. Dale Davidson

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Ohio

1992

Dr. Wayne Kawakami

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Hawaii

1992

Mr. Robert Nygaard

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California

1992

Dr. Jeffrey Tower

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California

1992

Mr. Michael Davis

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Florida

1993

Mr. Gilbert Lettow

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Iowa

1993

Mr. Randal Harwell

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Alabama

1994

Ms. Mary Richardson

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Ohio

1994

Mr. William Hickman

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Alabama

1995

Mr. Michael Ward

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Ohio 

1996

Mr. Paschal Ward

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Georgia

1996

Mr. David Daigneault

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Mississippi

1997

Mr. Vincent Rosse

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Georgia

2001

Dr. J. Maynard Wettlaufer

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New York

2001

Mr. A. Harold Blankenship

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Alabama

2001

Mr. Robert Barr

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Georgia

2004

Mr. Donald Clark

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Georgia

2004

Dr. George Corradino

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Georgia

2004

Lt. Col. Hal Gibson

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Washington, D.C.

2005

Ms. JoAnn Hood

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Tennessee

2005

Dr. John M. Long

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Alabama

2005

Ms. Carol Lutte

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Pennsylvania

2005

Mr. William Pharris

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Georgia

2005

Mr. Frank Butenschon

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Georgia

2006

Mr. Randolph Lindsey

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Georgia

2006

Mr. A.R.McAllister

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Illinois

2006

Mr. Tim Zabel

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Georgia

2006

Mr. Lewis Jones

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Florida

2007

Dr. William Revelli

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Indiana

2007

Mr. John Philip Sousa

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New York

2007

Mr. Virgil Spurlin

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Arkansas

2007

Mr. Cecil Wilder

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Georgia

2007

Ms. Deborah Bradley

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Georgia

2008

Dr. Robert Rumbelow

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Georgia

2008

Mr. G. Truman Welch

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Alabama

2009

Mr. Henry Einfeldt

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Texas

2009

Mr. Frank Mancini

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California

2009

Mr. Johnny Folsom

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Georgia

2010

Mr. Earl Shaffer, Jr.

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Virginia

2010

Mr. Archie Sharretts

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Georgia

2013

Mr. Mike Nakasone

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Hawaii

2013

Mr. Bruce Dinkins

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Texas

2013

Mr. Ed Watkins

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Alabama

2013

Mr. Bud McCormick

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New Jersey

2013

Dr. David Gregory

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Georgia

2018

Mr. Woody Leonard

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Georgia

2018

Mr. Robert W. Smith

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Alabama

2018

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