Nominated by Bill Witcher
Forrest Munden committed 34 years to teaching band in North Carolina. He served as a director in Windsor and Reidsville, NC before ended his career in Greensboro at Grimsley High School. He retired in 1999 and returned to teaching band part time in 2004 with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. He served on the Board of Directors of the Central District Bandmasters and became an elected member of ASBDA in 1997. His band programs were well -balanced including marching, concert, jazz, and small ensembles. His concert bands were always of the highest level with consistent Superior Ratings.
Mr. Munden wrote two articles that were published in music journals. The first
article was in the 2001 issue of the Band World Magazine entitled "Mentoring." The second article appeared in the 2010 issue of the North Carolina Music Educator Journal entitled, Band Is More Than A "Me Too" Subject.
Forrest has been teaching since 1965 with only a few years off after his "official" retirement. Bill Witcher states, “There is no one more committed to excellence in the classroom and the performance stage. Having observed his classroom teaching and hearing his bands in performance, I have been impressed with his demand for excellence while caring for each and every child.
Forrest is indeed a true gentleman and a role model for all band directors”.