Bobby L. Adams

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Bobby Adams (1940–2015) Served as Director of Bands, Professor of Music Education, and Coordinator of Instrumental Music, at the Stetson University School of Music in DeLand, Florida. He was a member of the Stetson University faculty starting in 1987. Adams conducted the University Symphonic Band, taught advanced instrumental conducting, and courses in music education. Prior to his appointment at Stetson University, Adams taught in the public schools of Indiana and Florida for 27 years.

In Florida, he was the director of bands at North Ft. Myers High School (1968-74), Bayshore High School, in Bradenton (1974-79) and Leon High School, in Tallahassee (1979-87). He was principal conductor and music director of the Southern Winds Wind Symphony, an adult ensemble made up of Stetson faculty, former students, band directors, and other professional musicians. Southern Winds, founded in 2001, performed at two FBA summer conventions and the FBA Hall of Fame's Roll of Distinction concerts.

A native of Kentucky, Dr. Adams received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehead State University (1962), the Master's of Music Education degree from Murray State University (1969), and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education from Florida State University (1994). He served as a clinician at state, regional, and national conferences. In recent years, he presented sessions at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles National Conference (Jonkoping, Sweden), the British Association of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles National Conference (Manchester, England), the Mid-West Clinic (Chicago), conferences of MENC; the national Association for Music Education, the College Band Directors National Association, and the American School Band Directors Association.

He wrote and lectured on topics such as the emotional response to music, the psychology of performance, the evaluation of music, aspects of rehearsal, magic in music, the business of professional organizations and various other aspects of music education. His articles appeared in the Journal of Band Research, the Journal of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association Journal, the National Band Association Newsletter, and the Florida Music Director. Bands under his direction performed at 31 state, regional, and national conventions. Adams also served as president of the National Band Association, a past president of the Music Educators National Conference—Southern Division, the College Band Directors National Association—Southern Division, the Florida Music Educators Association, and the Florida Bandmasters Association.

In addition, he was chairman of the Florida Bandmasters Hall of Fame's Board of Directors. In 1996, Dr. Adams was presented with the Leadership Award for Music Education by the Florida Music Educators Association and in 1998 received the Hand Award for Excellence in Research at Stetson University. He was an elected member of Phi Beta Mu National Honor Fraternity, the prestigious American Bandmasters Association, the Florida Music Educators Association Hall of Fame, the Florida Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame, (high school directors) and Roll of Distinction (college/university directors). In the summer of 2006, he was awarded the Signature Sinfonian Award, a new national award presented by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at their national convention in Cleveland. Dr. Adams also conducted many all-state/honor bands and orchestras throughout the United States.