Dr. Frank M. Hammond, 78, of 129 Fairway Drive, Washington, NC, died at his residence on January 7, 2012. He was born January 21, 1933, in Fair Bluff, NC, to the late Chalmers and Mamie Hammond. Attending East Carolina University and earning his BS in Music Education in 1955, Dr. Hammond then served as a United States Air Force pilot with the Strategic Air Command from 1955 to 1958. He earned his MS in Music Education from the University of Illinois in 1959 and his doctorate in Music Education from the University of North-Carolina in 1973, the first doctorate in music education awarded by UNC-G.
He taught instrumental music in the North Carolina public schools, grades 4 through 12, for 13 years. At UNC-G, Dr. Hammond taught trombone, Brass Pedagogy, Conduction, and Instrumental Methods and supervised student teachers. He conducted the University Band, Trombone Choir, and Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, he performed with the Market Street Brass Quintet.
Accepting a position with North Carolina State University, Dr. Hammond served as Director of Bands, conductor of the marching band, symphonic band, British Brass Band, trombone choir, tuba choir, and the jazz ensemble, retiring in 1995.