North Carolina

2014 Hall of Fame Nominees

Paul Bryan

Nominated by Phillip Riggs and
Jesse Holton

Professor of Music Emeritus, Duke University, Dr. Paul Bryan, served as a professor of music and conductor of the Duke Wind Symphony for 37 years, (1951-1988). He served as the President of NCBA (1953-1954). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1956. Dr. Bryan was a conductor and head of theory instruction at the Brevard Music Center during the summers of 1949-1957.

Dr. Bryan was responsible for commissions that produced more than 25 compositions of serious music for the concert band including Symphony No. 3 (1958) by Vittorio Giannini and Variants on a Medieval Tune (1963) by Norman Dello Joio. He also collaborated with Charles Gallagher to transcribe a modern day scoring for wind band of Hector Berlioz' Overture to "Beatrice & Benedict." Dr. Bryan's essay, "The Wind Band in and around New York ca. 1830-1950," was published in the Donald Hunsberger Wind Library by Alfred Press (2007). Dr. Bryan contributed to Percy Grainger, The Pictorial Biography by Robert Simon, (White Plains, 1987) He also has articles published int he CBDNA Journal of Band Research. A former student, Robert Trevarthen collaborated with Dr. Bryan to write a book about Dr. Bryan's career, PB - Who Is He? (Paul Bryan, Teacher, Not-Your-Usual Band Conductor, Musicologist, and Human Being).

Dr. Bryan conducted numerous workshops and clinics at universities, colleges, and high schools in the U.S., Canada, and Austria. He was recognized as an Outstanding Conductor by School Musician Magazine and by Phi Beta Mu Honorary Music Fraternity. Inducted into the American Bandmasters Association in 1965, he served as chairman of the ABA Research Center Committee, 1994-2005, and as a member of the editorial board of the ABA Journal of Band Research. Dr. Bryan served as a mentor to many band directors in North Carolina throughout the second half of the twentieth century. Several are current members of the NCBA Hall of Fame.

Herbert "Herb" Carter

Nominated by Blair Smith

Herbert "Herb" Leland Carter, Jr. taught as Director of Bands at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, from 1946 to 1987. He graduated from Murray State University where he began his career as a clarinetist and jazz musician. During World War II, he served in the Unites States Air Force as a woodwind specialist and conductor. After the war, he earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University and continued to study at the Julliard School of Music in New York.

He established the band program at East Carolina University, formerly East Carolina Teachers College. During his tenure, he was a dynamic partner in the growth of the School of Music, serving as Director of Bands and Chair of the Instrumental Music Department. He established the first jazz band, "The Collegians," began the ECU Summer Music Camp, and conducted state high school band clinics, served as adjudicator for music festivals across the country and recruited many musicians to ECU.

Mr. Carter's Symphonic Wind Ensemble performed at meetings of the College Band Director's National Association and the Music Educator's National Conference as well as the North Carolina Music Educators Conference. Under his direction, the wind ensemble premiered original works by such noted composers as Gould, Giannini, Dello Joio, and Persichetti. He severed as President of NCBA and Province Governor of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity. He was also a member of the American Bandmasters Association. He was selected as one of the ten most outstanding music directors in the United States by the School Musician magazine and received the Citation of Excellence by the National Band Association. His students have continued his legacy throughout the United States and internationally and "Herbologies" can still be heard in band rooms everywhere.

After his retirement in 1987, Mr. Carter and his wife continued to be active in the university and community. They served as tutors, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and were active members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. They loved to play golf both in Greenville and in the North Carolina mountains where they spent their summers. Mr. Carter was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Tommy Smith 

Nominated by 
Brian McMath and 
Ed Kimbrough

Tommy Smith has represented NCMEA from 1970 until present day. His groups have participated on the state and national level, performing and placing within MBA (now BOA) as well as performing at the state convention. His groups consistently received superior ratings at MPA festival for many years. He has served as Chairman of CDBA and was honored with its Band Director of the Year and the Award of Excellence awards. Mr. Smith has been a longtime member of ASBDA. He hosted many All-State Honors Band Auditions and Central District Clinics. 

After retiring, he has continued to help music education to grow. He has served as the Executive Administrator for the NCBA Marching Band Committee since its inception. He continues to serve as a guest clinician for all-county bands and clinic rehearsals to help groups prepare for MPA. He continues to judge marching band festivals and is a strong music educator even after fourteen years of retirement. It is time he is recognized for his over 40 years of service to the students of North Carolina.