Please join me in congratulating Jay Gephart, Al G. Wright Chair of Purdue Bands and Orchestras and director of the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, for his election as vice president of the American Bandmasters Association at the organization’s recent convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Jay will serve as vice president in 2018, president-elect in 2019, and president in 2020.
In addition, the Indiana Music Education Association recently named Jay as the 2018 Outstanding Collegiate Music Educator of the Year.
Jay is the second Purdue band director to be elected ABA president, following Wright, who held the position in 1981. The ABA recognizes outstanding achievement on the part of concert band conductors and composers. Approximately 300 band conductors and composers in the United States and Canada are members.
Congratulations, Professor Gephart!
David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Since my introduction to Purdue Liberal Arts, I have been impressed by the depth and volume of accomplishment among members of the faculty and staff. To that end, this series will celebrate the achievements of our colleagues. When one of us earns recognition, it reflects positively upon each individual, each department, the whole of the College, and the entirety of the University. Collectively, we all benefit from the success of our colleagues, and here, together, we will celebrate the accolades that move this College to new heights of excellence.
- David A. Reingold, Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts