Dr. John Carmichael Joins FBA Hall of Fame Roll of Distinction

Thursday, January 19, 2017

University of South Florida Professor of Conducting and Director of Bands Dr. John Carmichael has been elected to the Florida Bandmasters' Association (FBA) Hall of Fame Roll of Distinction.

The Roll of Distinction is the highest level of recognition for band directors in Florida, and Carmichael is the 20th person to ever receive the award.

Carmichael currently conducts both the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at the USF School of Music, which he joined in 2007. He is an accomplished adjudicator, guest conductor, and clinician who has conducted highly acclaimed wind ensemble performances at both the Moscow Conservatory and Russian Officers Palace in St Petersburg, Russia. He also conducted the Metropolitan Orchestra for the Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Carmichael brings invaluable experience to educate his students and create a stunning concert band culture at USF.

"The School of Music is very proud to see this honor bestowed upon Dr. Carmichael," said Dr. Karen Bryan, director of the School of Music. "It is a wonderful recognition of a career spanning four decades in which he has dedicated himself to the education of secondary and post-secondary students, as well as to propagating the art of wind band performance. Alumni of his programs are among the most outstanding band directors in the country, and they are very excited to see him recognized in this manner."

Carmichael's past recognitions include two Citations of Excellence from the National Band Association, the key to the city of Lakeland, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia's Orpheus award. Carmichael served as the Director of the 2007 Festival of Winds, a renowned high school music festival that provides education and performance experiences to Florida students.

The Florida Bandmasters' Association established the Roll of Distinction in 2001 as part of the FBA Hall of Fame. Its purpose is to recognize those like Carmichael who have distinguished themselves with Florida bands outside of secondary education and who have played pivotal roles in developing bands throughout the state.

"He joins a very distinguished roster of honorees," said Bryan, "and I can think of no one more deserving of the honor."

A concert will be held at Stetson University in November to honor Carmichael.

About the USF School of Music

The School of Music, situated within the USF College of The Arts, is an exciting place for the study and performance of music. Students come both for distinguished artist faculty, renowned musical ensembles, an exceptional jazz studies program, one of the most complete electronic music studios in the nation (SYCOM), a visionary music education program, and an environment that boasts a wide range of excellent cultural activities. USF music students take full advantage of opportunities to listen, learn, and perform in preparation for careers as music professionals.