North  Carolina
Bandmasters
Association




2019 Hall of Fame Nominees

David S. Albert
Nominated by Alyssa Montgomery

Jay Bolder
Nominated by Jim Hill

Dr. John Locke
Nominated by Tom Jenner

Donald Peach
Nominated by Christopher Brown

Fran Shelton
Nominated by Steve Sigmon


David S. Albert
Nominated by Alyssa Montgomery
Mike Fussell graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Music Education in 1979 and began his teaching career in Havelock, NC.  He taught grades 6-12 at Havelock High and Junior High Schools.  During his tenure there the program grew in both quantity and quality.  The concert band went from an excellent rating in Grade IV his first year to a Superior rating in Grade VI by the fifth year.  The marching band received numerous awards at marching band contest throughout North Carolina. 
In 1985 Mike was awarded a Graduate Assistantship at East Carolina University in the Music Education Department serving under Dr. George Knight.  He also worked as an Assistant Director of the Marching Pirates with Dr. Tom Goolsby.  After earning his Master’s Degree he served as Director of Bands at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Va., and at JH Rose High School in Greenville.  Both programs continued to have outstanding marching and concert programs under his leadership. 
In 1989 Mike returned to Craven County to direct the bands at West Craven Middle School.  While there, the band became one of the finest middle school bands in the state of North Carolina, receiving Superior ratings at festival every year except two.  From 1993 to 2002 the Advanced Band received nine consecutive superior ratings in Grade IV music.  In 1998 the band was honored to be selected to perform at the NCMEA State Conference.  West Craven Middle Bands also won numerous awards at Dixie Classic and Music In The Parks Festivals.  Each year the band placed many students in both All-District and All-State Bands. 
Mike has twice been honored by being selected to conduct All-District Bands by the Eastern District Band Directors.  In 1990 he conducted the High School Concert Band, and in 2001 he conducted the Middle School Concert Band.  In 1996 Fussell was awarded the “Award of Excellence” by the Eastern District Band Directors Association.  He served one term as the President of the Eastern District and as treasurer for many years.   He has been, and continues to be very active as a clinician and adjudicator for both concert and marching festivals. 
Mike Fussell graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelors in Music Education in 1979 and began his teaching career in Havelock, NC.  He taught grades 6-12 at Havelock High and Junior High Schools.  During his tenure there the program grew in both quantity and quality.  The concert band went from an excellent rating in Grade IV his first year to a Superior rating in Grade VI by the fifth year.  The marching band received numerous awards at marching band contest throughout North Carolina. 
In 1985 Mike was awarded a Graduate Assistantship at East Carolina University in the Music Education Department serving under Dr. George Knight.  He also worked as an Assistant Director of the Marching Pirates with Dr. Tom Goolsby.  After earning his Master’s Degree he served as Director of Bands at Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, Va., and at JH Rose High School in Greenville.  Both programs continued to have outstanding marching and concert programs under his leadership. 
In 1989 Mike returned to Craven County to direct the bands at West Craven Middle School.  While there, the band became one of the finest middle school bands in the state of North Carolina, receiving Superior ratings at festival every year except two.  From 1993 to 2002 the Advanced Band received nine consecutive superior ratings in Grade IV music.  In 1998 the band was honored to be selected to perform at the NCMEA State Conference.  West Craven Middle Bands also won numerous awards at Dixie Classic and Music In The Parks Festivals.  Each year the band placed many students in both All-District and All-State Bands. 
Mike has twice been honored by being selected to conduct All-District Bands by the Eastern District Band Directors.  In 1990 he conducted the High School Concert Band, and in 2001 he conducted the Middle School Concert Band.  In 1996 Fussell was awarded the “Award of Excellence” by the Eastern District Band Directors Association.  He served one term as the President of the Eastern District and as treasurer for many years.   He has been, and continues to be very active as a clinician and adjudicator for both concert and marching festivals. 

David Saleeba Albert started his musical career in Elizabeth City, North Carolina under the direction of Scott C. Callaway playing Trombone, Flute, Bassoon and Percussion in the School Band. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, during which time he was also a studio drummer. He finished his Music Education Degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and became the Conductor of the Band Program in Elizabeth City after Mr. Callaway retired. Ten
years later, he moved to Raleigh, NC, where he was selected to start the Band Program and Chair the Arts Department of Leesville Road High School.

Bands under Mr. Albert’s baton have performed at numerous State Conventions and performed in many major cities in the U.S including the Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Il. Mr. Albert retired from North Carolina Public Schools on 1 July 11 with 31 years of service. Mr. Albert has mentored with Buddy Rich and performed with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra as well as with Butch Miles, Joe Ascione, Milt Hinton, Don Menza, Buddy Baker, and Tommy Newsome. Mr. Albert was a student of the “Tonight Show” drummer, Ed Shaughnessy. Along with teaching, conducting, and performing clinics, Mr. Albert can be heard in
a variety of Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Jazz settings as well as the co-leader of the Albert-Hobbs Big Band.

Mr. Albert served as President of the North Carolina Bandmasters Association and is now a Past President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association. He is a member of The American School Band Directors Association and is an Honorary Member of Phi Mu Alpha. In 1998, he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Music Committee to develop the National Standards for NBPTS. He has been a
member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators since 1978. Mr. Albert recently served the North Carolina Symphony as Director of Education.

Mr. Albert is an Endorsing Artist/Clinician for Ludwig/Musser, a division of Conn-Selmer. In addition, he often guest conducts Honor Bands, presents seminars in Student Leadership, and adjudicates festival events. In June of 2017, Mr. Albert was bestowed the honor of “Director Emeritus” of the Leesville Road High School Band. Mr. Albert is married to the former Margaret Cowan has two sons, Joseph Taylor and Christopher David and, one step-son, John Christian.

Jay Bolder
Nominated by Jim Hill

Jay Bolder a native of Monroe, after graduation from Wingate University in 1980, began his career in Cumberland County teaching in both middle school and high school programs where he remained for 30 years until retirement in 2010. From 2011 through 2013 he held interim positions in both Cumberland County and Scotland County. Since 2013 he has
served as a part-time assistant director and academic teacher at Central Academy for Technology and Arts in Monroe. He has served as a clinician in both Carolinas.

He is a prolific composer, arranger and adjudicator. His bands have been exemplary in many areas: marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, pop bands and full orchestra. His programs also participated annually in Solo and Ensemble. His personal philosophy for music education is to offer music to anyone who would like to learn. His bands garnered 41 Superior ratings at MPA, usually taking three bands per year and once taking four bands. His bands performed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Philadelphia, Florida, California, Virginia and a cruise to the Bahamas. Forty of his students have enrolled in college as music majors, many as band directors. He has performed in musicals, community bands, symphony orchestras, top 40 groups and jazz groups. His varied experience includes casting and choreographing scenes for the movie “Bolden”.

He has received “The Order of the Long Leaf
Pine”, the highest civilian award the state can bestow. Hope Mills, the town where he taught, honored him with “Jay Bolder Day”. He is a member of our state music and instrumental organizations. In addition, he has held memberships in the Cumberland County Band Directors Association, Southeastern District Band Association, South Central District Band Directors Association and is a member of the American School Band Directors Association.


Dr. John R. Locke
Nominated by Tom Jenner

Since 1982, Dr. John R. Locke has served on the UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty as Director of Bands, Director of Summer Music Camps, conductor of the Wind Ensemble, and conducting teacher. He holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from West Virginia University and the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Illinois. Prior to his arrival in North Carolina, Dr. Locke held teaching positions in music at West Virginia University, Southeast Missouri State University, and the University of Illinois.

He has conducted band performances throughout the country including National Conventions of the MENC, CBDNA, ABA, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Strathmore Center in Washington, DC, and Lincoln Center in New York City. Twice, the UNCG Wind Ensemble earned critical acclaim from The Washington Post newspaper following concert performances in the nation’s capital. Under Locke’s leadership, the UNCG Wind Ensemble has released 16 commercially available compact discs including fireworks! which was a Grammy Entry List 2011 CD in two categories, “Classical Album of the Year” and “Best Orchestral Performance.” In addition, he has guest conducted the U.S. Air Force Band, U.S. Army Field Band, U.S. Navy Band, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, as well as numerous university bands and all-state honor bands.

Dr. Locke has served as Editor of The North Carolina Music Educator and has published articles on band and wind ensemble literature in the Journal of Band Research and in Winds Quarterly. He is Past-President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association representing 2,200 members. Dr. Locke is a recipient of Phi Mu Alpha’s Orpheus Award and has received the National Band Association Citation of Excellence on three occasions. He is a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. In 1989, Dr. Locke was among the youngest conductors ever to be elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1994, he received the Phi Beta Mu International Fraternity Outstanding Bandmaster of the Year Award, presented at the Mid-West International Band Clinic in Chicago. Dr. Locke is Past-President of the Southern Division of College Band Directors National Association and hosted the Southern Division Convention at UNCG in February 2000. In 2002, Dr. Locke was nominated for the O. Max Gardner Award, the highest award in the 16-campus UNC System. He also received the “Outstanding Music Teacher Award” in the UNCG School of Music in 2003. In 2005, Dr. Locke was elected President of the American Bandmasters Association and received the Albert Austin Harding Award from the American School Band Directors Association. In 2007, he received The Old North State Award from NC Governor Mike Easley “for dedication and service beyond excellence to the state of North Carolina.” In 2009, Locke became Editor of the Journal of Band Research, a scholarly publication begun in 1962. In July 2012, Locke was honored by NC Governor Beverly Perdue with The Order of the Longleaf Pine Award, the highest civilian honor in North Carolina. In 2014, Locke was named the Marion Stedman Covington Stedman Distinguished Professor of Music at UNCG.

At UNCG, Dr. Locke is the founder and director of the Summer Music Camp program, now the largest university music camp in America, enrolling over 1,820 students annually and served by a staff of 160 professionals. He is also the founder of the Carolina Band Festival and Conductors Conference. Since 1977, he has administered summer music camps for over 63,000 students. He is in constant demand as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for band festivals throughout the United States and Canada.

Donald Peach
Nominated by Christopher Brown


Mr. Donald Peach, formerly Director of Bands and Music Coordinator at Hickory High School, and formerly Interim Associate Director of Bands and is the current Director of the Marching Mountaineers at Appalachian State University. He is a graduate of Mars Hill College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education. He was Band Director at
Lincolnton High School from 1974 to 1994, where his bands received numerous Superior and Excellent ratings.

Mr. Peach has served as Past-President of Northwestern District Band Directors Association and is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia,
American School Band Director Association, and North Carolina Music Educators Association. He has served as an adjudicator and presented various band clinics and workshops throughout the United States. Mr. Peach also served as the Curriculum Section Chair on the state task force that revised the music curriculum in North Carolina. In addition, he is the Assistant Director of the Spirit of America National Honors Band and Freedom Singers, which has performed throughout
Europe in the summer.

After formally retiring for public school teaching, Mr. Peach was an Educational Representative for Music & Arts Centers for six years.
Married to wife Anita, Don has two children; daughter Anna & son, Drew; daughter-in-law, Andrea; & grandson, Braylon.

Fran Shelton
Nominated by Steve Sigmon

Frances Shelton, after graduating from Hendersonville High School, received her B.A. degree in Elementary Education and B.M. degree in Music Education from Mars Hill College, graduating cum laude. She received her Masters of Music degree from Appalachian State University. Shelton holds membership in North Carolina Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, National Band Association and American School Band Directors Association.
Shelton has served as President, President-Elect, Past President, and currently volunteers as Finance Officer of North Carolina Bandmasters Association. She also served as President, President-Elect and Past President of the Western District Bandmasters Association, Secretary of the NC Music Educators Association, Vice President, President-Elect and President of Women Band Directors International, and Representative for National Band Association. Shelton is the 1990 winner of the
Award of Excellence in North Carolina Western District, 1992 winner of the WBDI Scroll of Excellence, 1996 Teacher of the Year Award at Hendersonville, HS, and 2004 WBDI Citation of Merit Award. In December 2009, Shelton was awarded the Silver Baton Award by the Women Band Directors International at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States and Canada, and has been staff conductor sixteen times on European Tours.

Shelton was director of bands at Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, North Carolina for 28 years and taught at Robbinsville High School her first 5 years. During her 28 years the HHS Bands received straight superior ratings with the concert, marching and jazz bands. The HHS Bands have performed at Billy Graham's Congressional Medal Ceremony, 1996 Olympic games, Gator, Sugar and Orange Bowls, Carnegie Hall in NYC, Symphony Hall in Boston, Mass., the Kennedy
Center in Washington DC, Chicago Symphony Hall in Chicago, IL, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Los Angeles, Disney World, and Atlanta Symphony Hall. The Hendersonville High School Band program was featured in the 2011 September Issue of the School Band and Orchestra Magazine as “A SMALL SCHOOL WITH A BIG BAND.”
In 2014, the Hendersonville High School Concert Bands were invited to perform again at Carnegie Hall on their ten-year anniversary of the most outstanding high school bands throughout the United States.

Shelton is the tour director for the North Carolina Ambassadors. The NC Ambassadors will be performing summer of 2019 throughout Europe. As of September 2018, Shelton assumed the Musical Director position of the Asheville Community Band an ensemble which she played trumpet in throughout her career. She is very honored to have many of her former students playing as professional musicians or teaching middle and high school band.