Dr. Dan Turner, professor and director of bands at Bob Jones University, has been inducted into the American Bandmasters Association.
About 300 band conductors and composers in North America are in the American Bandmasters Association. The association was founded in 1929 with John Philip Sousa as honorary life president. Membership is by invitation only and nominees undergo a rigorous review of their live concerts, as well as a ballot vote by the membership.
Turner is one of nine band directors from South Carolina to be inducted into the association since its founding.
The conductor began his music career more than 40 years ago. “I never imagined so long ago that I would be able to stand alongside so many amazing conductors and composers from America’s rich heritage of concert band performances,” Turner said in a press release.
Turner credited his mentors and expressed gratitude for his sponsors for the award. “But always, I have to give first place to all the students I’ve conducted, who have poured their hearts, their talent, their energy, and hard work into music,” he said. “As I’ve found over years of travel, teaching, conducting, and performing in numerous venues, the language of music is universal and it can bridge many barriers if given a chance.”
Furman University Director of Bands Dr. Les Hicken nominated Turner.
Turner is a tubist and directs BJU’s Symphonic Wind Band. He’s also president of the Gingery-Mack Music Scholarship Fund. He plays in the Foundation Brass Sextet and the Anderson Chamber Orchestra. Four years ago, Turner received a Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association.