North Carolina
Bandmasters
Association


Joseph Hedden

2010 Hall of Fame Inductee

Western Carolina’s marching band program has a long and storied tradition dating back to 1938, when 23 students made up the first band of
Western Carolina Teachers College. The first halftime show was performed in October 1941 and was organized by a student, Joe Hedden of Kings Mountain, N.C., who later became WCU’s first graduate in music education.