Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TTU Band Director Has New Role

Tennessee Tech director of bands Joseph W. Hermann has accepted the gavel as the 72nd president of the American Bandmasters Association. The association was first organized in 1929 and has elected to membership only the most outstanding band directors in the United States and Canada. Its first president, for example, was John Philip Sousa. In its 78-year history, fewer than 700 directors have been elected to membership — and even fewer than that to the ABA presidency, an honor Tech officials describe as "a singular distinction afforded to only the most highly respected and esteemed members." Hermann was elected to the ABA in 1996 and has served on its Board of Directors. In 2007, the organization twice honored Hermann with his election to the office of vice president and also with an invitation for the Tennessee Tech Symphony Band to perform at the national convention in March 2008. Hermann has been director of bands at TTU since 1989.