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Clary, Cooper Named Professor Emeritus
Dr. Eldon Clary (photographed, left), member of the Arkansas Tech education faculty from 1967-2012, received the title professor emeritus of secondary education, while Hal Cooper
(photographed, right), member of the Arkansas Tech music faculty and director of bands from 1979-2011, received the title professor emeritus of music.
took the reins of the Arkansas Tech Symphonic Band and the Arkansas Tech Marching Band, known far and wide as "Arkansas' Band of Distinction," in autumn 1979 and retired from that position on Aug. 30, 2011.
He served as president of the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association, a member of the Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association, a charter member and president of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association, member and president of Arkansas Phi Beta Mu and district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi college band service fraternity during his 32 years at Arkansas Tech.
was named Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year in 1988, and he
achieved membership in the American Bandmaster Association
The owner of two degrees from Henderson State University, Cooper
was recognized by his
alma mater as a distinguished alumnus in 2006.
Arkansas Tech University
in May 2009 with the creation of the Hal Cooper Band Scholarship.
is one of only four individuals - the others are Marvin Williamson (1913-50), Gene Witherspoon (1950-79) and Dr. Christopher Anderson (2011-present) - to hold the title of director of bands at Arkansas Tech.
serves as an 'elder statesman' for band in Arkansas," wrote Anderson in one of the letters in support of Cooper's nomination for professor emeritus status.