William J. Moody

Induction: February 6, 2010

William J. Moody received his B. S. degree in Music Ed. from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, his M. M. in Music Ed. from the Jordan College of Music of Butler University, and his Ph.D. in Education and Music Education from the University of Minnesota.  He is the son of John P. Moody who was a professional violinist and then, for 40 years, a public school band and orchestra director.
Bill was a band director in public schools for 7 years, the last 4 at Duluth Central High School where the band performed for a state convention of MENC.  He gave private lessons to his band members and his proudest moment was when a state panel of judges traveled to four corners of the state to choose a 100-member Minnesota Honor Band and 22 of them were from his Duluth Central Band.
, 22 of whom came from Duluth Central.  He was elected to the first Board of Directors of the National Band Association.
Bill was Director of Bands at the University of Southern Mississippi for 5 years; his marching band performed yearly on national television for the Blue and Gray game and the Senior Bowl, and one year at the Sugar Bowl.  The Concert Band performed at the 1966 Southern Division Convention of CBDNA and was chosen to represent the Southern Division at the 1967 national meeting of CBDNA.
He was Director of Bands at The University of Texas at Austin for 7 years during which time he co-hosted a national convention of CBDNA and performed a full concert at the 1973 convention of The American Bandmasters Association.  During his years as a Director of Bands he wrote several articles about band pedagogy that were printed in various music education journals, and in 1990 he edited a book that was published by Teachers College Press entitled Artistic Intelligences, Implications for Education.
He was Director of the School of Music at the University of South Carolina for 17  years during which time the faculty doubled in size, a new auditorium was built, and work on a new music building begun.  For 17 years, he conducted two operas per year for the Columbia Lyric Opera.  He started graduate conducting degrees for band directors through the DMA at both UT and USC and served as coordinator of conducting at USC.
He is the co-founder/conductor of the Palmetto Concert Band, an ensemble made up mostly of graduates from the University of South Carolina who direct school bands or teach instrumental music privately; the PCB performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago in 1999 and again in 2008; it will perform at the 2010 convention of ABA.
He is a Past President of the National Band Association.  For many years he was the Chairman of the committee to select members of the Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts and then was chairman of the Board of Electors of the "NBA Hall of Fame of Distinguished Conductors."  He received the NBA Mentor Award in 2002 and was elected to the "Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts" in 2003.  He is the author of the "NBA Mission Statement for Directors of School Bands."  He was elected to the NBA Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was elected to The American Bandmasters Association in 1966 and elected as Secretary-Treasurer in 2003; he was editor of the Journal of Band Research from1995 to 2009.  He has always been delighted with the successes of former students; it is a special pleasure to find them serving on the ABA Board of Directors including one recent past president and two current officers, soon to be president.  Three of his students have served as president of the National Band Association.

Bill is married to Regina and they have three adult children and in 2009, four grandchildren.