History of the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors

The National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors is located on the campus of Troy University in the Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor.  Troy University was selected in 1978 after a search was made by Dr. William Revelli, then president, and members of the National Band Association.  Dr. Revelli asked Dr. Al Wright of Purdue University to secure the very best place available.  Dr. Wright then contacted Dr. John M. Long, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Director of Bands, and a member of the Alabama Historical Commission, to consider possibility at Troy University.  Dr. Long contacted Dr. Ralph Adams, President of Troy State University, who said “We would be pleased and highly honored to house the Hall of Fame.”

The National Band Association, which is the largest band organization in the world accepted Dr. Adam’s offer and it was placed on the Troy campus.  The Hall of Fame opened in 1980 in Smith Hall and at this time, it was the only national hall of fame in Alabama.

Membership in the Hall of Fame is open to any American bandmaster in the United States. To qualify for nomination, a director has to be at least sixty-five years old, retired, and to have made a national reputation as a band conductor.  He or she must also have made national impact on the American band movement.  Anyone may nominate a director by submitting an application to the Chairman of the Board of Electors of the National Band Association.  The Board of Electors, which represents five national band organizations, then votes on the recommendation.

In 1995 Dr. Ralph Adams generously donated more than one million dollars to Troy University for a permanent home for the Hall of Fame where it is now housed.  Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of the Troy University System, has continued the great support to make the Hall of Fame a valuable asset to the university.

The Virtual Hall of Fame (VHOF) is housed on the campus of Troy University in Troy, AL in conjunction with the NBA Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors. Under the leadership of Dr. John M. Long (Director Emeritus), Dr. Larry Blocher (Director, John M. Long School of Music) and Dr. Mark Walker (Director of Bands), Troy University continues its commitment to excellence in all areas of band performance, history and music education.

The VHOF production team includes: Robert W. Smith (Curator), Bradley Kerr Green (Assoc. Project Leader), Christopher Allen Pierce (Webmaster/Lead Designer), Brittney Wilkerson (Marketing/Outreach), Olivia Ellis and Anna Beth Peavy (Research Associates), Christopher Diener (Media) and Xavier Roberson (Patrons), Donnie Frey (Graphic Design). For more information regarding the Virtual Hall of Fame, contact Robert W. Smith, Curator, at rwsmith@troy.edu.

The National Band Association and Troy University would like to thank C.L. Barnhouse Company for their generous donation of graphic design services to the Virtual Hall of Fame.