Legendary Texas Bandmasters

Each year since 2011, the Dallas Wind Symphony proudly honors a Legendary Texas Bandmaster for distinguished achievement in the field of music education. The plaque presentation ceremony is held onstage during our April concert each season. We humbly salute these band leaders and educators, who have selflessly dedicated themselves to leading thousands upon thousands of young students in the pursuit of excellence in both music and life. They are the stuff of legends.

The Legendary Texas Bandmasters award is sponsored by The Foundation for Music Education. The Foundation is dedicated to the support and advancement of music education through scholarships and other worthwhile projects.

2016: Howard T. Dunn

December 16, 1938 – June 2, 1991
Southern Methodist University

Conductor, clinician, and educator beyond compare, Howard Dunn had a giant impact on band music in Texas and around the world. Born on December 16, 1938 in Nashville, Tennessee, Dunn grew up in Dallas and attended Woodrow Wilson High School where he was an outstanding student and musician. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and his master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

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2016: Robert Floyd

Texas Music Educators Association

Robert Floyd began his 25 year career in music education in Richardson, Texas after completing his music education degree at Southern Methodist University in 1967. He also holds a B.S. in mathematics from SMU and a MA from West Texas A&M University.

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2015: Eddie Green

University of Houston

Eddie Green has been dedicated to instrumental pedagogy for over fifty years. He has experience teaching all levels of instrumental ensemble performance, from small school programs, to very large junior and senior high school programs. His university experience includes work at Western Michigan University and the University of Houston. He has many students from these universities who are leading music educators today.

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2014: Bryce Taylor

Alice High School

Bryce Taylor has been helping shape band music in Texas since 1951. A World War II veteran, he served as a trumpeter with the U. S. Marine Corps Band, stationed in San Diego and Pearl Harbor. The Edinburg, Texas, native received his college training at the University of North Texas, Pan American University, and Texas A&I, where he graduated summa cum laude, first in his class.

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2014: Fred Junkin

Victoria High School

Although Fred Junkin is most widely recognized for his distinguished 31-year career with the Victoria, Texas, band, his musical accomplishments include work as a musician, arranger, symphony founder, and active participant in professional development for band directors across Texas.

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2013: Dr. Ralph Mills

Sam Houston State University

Dr. Ralph Lee Mills began his clarinet career in the fourth grade under Dr. Raymond T. Bynum in the Abilene Texas Public Schools through elementary and high school where he played in both bands and orchestras and graduated in 1940. He continued his education at the University of Texas at Arlington majoring in music and studying from Robert Ernst., clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for two years before the United States Air Force required his service for the next thirty eight months as a bandsman, mostly in Utah and Colorado”, where he also played with the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra.

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2012: Dr. Gary Garner

West Texas State University
(West Texas A&M)

Gary Garner was born in Dodge City, Kansas, to Frank and Madge Garner on August 14, 1930. When he was seven, the family moved to Eugene, Oregon, where they remained for one year before coming to Texas.

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2011: J.R. McEntyre

Permian High School

Being recognized for excellence in teaching, leadership, and performance is nothing new for J. R. McEntyre. The west Texas oil patch native has spent only six years of his life outside Odessa; he attended college at Texas Tech, he was in the paratroopers during World War II, and his first teaching job was at San Benito, Texas. His contributions to the musical and cultural life in Odessa are legendary, and he continues to serve that area of Texas as Executive Secretary of Region VI.

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