Nilo W. Hovey

Induction: February 8, 1986

-popular guest conductor and clinician; formerly the band director at Butler University, Hovey
became the Educational Director for Selmer, and led the school bands of America into a new era
of preparation and learning. Hall of Fame, '86. d. '86.

The late Nilo W. Hovey was actively engaged in the school band movement since 1925. From
1926 to 1944 he was Director of School Instrumental Music in the Hammond, Indiana, public
schools. From 1944 to 1957 he was Chairman of the Music Education Department and Director
of the Concert Band at Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. During this period he was the
recipient of the J.I. Holcomb award for his contribution to the advancement of the University and
the Arthur W. Baxter award for superior teaching. Hovey served as lecturer, clinician, adjudicator
and guest conductor in all sections of the United States and in Ontario, Canada. In the latter
capacity he appeared with the United States Navy Band, the United States Army Band, the
Canadian Air Force Band, and many Intercollegiate and All-State High School Bands. Numerous

instrumental methods and books of instructional material written or edited by Hovey are widely
used in the schools of the United States and Canada.
Hovey was an active member of the American Bandmasters Association for over twenty years
and served as its President in 1970-71. He was President of the Music Industry Council in
1962-64. He was an honorary member of the Canadian Bandmasters Association, of Kappa
Kappa Psi and Phi Beta Mu. Hovey was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Honorary scholastic
fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa, fraternity of men in education, and Phi Mu Alpha (Sinfonia).