Joe Hermann takes reins of American Bandmasters Association
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (May 19, 2009) — Joseph W. Hermann accepted the John Philip Sousa/Edwin Franko Goldman Gavel this spring as the 72nd president of the American Bandmasters Association.
The ABA was first organized in 1929 by Edwin Franko Goldman, and since its inception, the organization 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.
“Simply to be invited to membership in the ABA is a career pinnacle — to be elected president places Professor Hermann and the Tennessee Tech Bands forever in a place of national honor,” said TTU Associate Director of Bands Eric Harris.
In the organization’s 78-year history, fewer than 700 directors have been elected to membership — and election to the ABA presidency is a singular distinction afforded to only the most highly respected and esteemed members, Harris says.
“Joe Hermann is a very close friend and colleague, and I’m so very happy that he was elected to the highest office of the ABA,” said Col. John R. Bourgeois, ABA past president and director emeritus of the United States Marine Band. “He’s a wonderful musician and so deserving of this great honor.”
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 is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines.
After teaching for seven years in public and private schools in Iowa, Hermann was named director of bands at East Tennessee State University in 1978.
In 1986, he served as associate director of bands and director of the Marching Hundred at Indiana University, moving the following year to associate director of bands at the University of Arizona and director of the Pride of Arizona marching band. Hermann became director of bands at TTU in 1989.
His membership sponsors into the organization were J. Julian, director of bands emeritus at the University of Tennessee; Frank Wickes, director of bands at Louisiana State University; and James Croft, director of bands at Florida State University.