Recipients of the: Legacy Award in Music Education

Henry Arthur Duncombe, Jr.

Henry Arthur Duncombe Jr. was born in Montgomery, Alabama where he attended elementary and high school. He continued his education, attaining two degrees from Alabama State University, the B.S. degree in music education in 1959, and the Master's Degree in music education in 1969. Duncombe continued his academic training by undertaking advanced study at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma during 1975.

Having a background in music, Duncombe enhanced his performance experience by conducting a senior trumpet recital at Alabama State University, by performing in the Montgomery Community Concert Band, and by also performing with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (NC).

Duncombe has held membership in the following professional organizations: The Music Educator's National Conference, The Inter-Collegiate Music Association, Trumpet Guild, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Band Fraternity, and the Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity.

Duncombe has broad teaching experiences which include positions as band director and music instructor in the public high schools throughout the South. In North Carolina, Duncombe served as Band Director for Livingstone College, located in Salisbury, North Carolina. He worked as the Director of University Bands at Elizabeth City State University, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. And at Winston Salem State University Duncombe took over the position as Associate Director of University Bands. During his long tenure at Livingstone College, Duncombe received many honors; including the band directors Award, the Alumni Band Award and the most Outstanding Organization. At the secondary school level Duncombe was honored with "Band Director of the Year" for his work at the Covington County School System (AL), and he was awarded Teacher of the Year for his work in the Andalusia City Schools in Andalusia, Alabama.

As band director, Mr. Duncombe and his bands received many invitations to participate in distinguished events and parades such as invitations to football games of the Pittsburg Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Colts, Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Redskins. Mr. Duncombe is now retired and resides in Montgomery, Alabama where he enjoys golf and fishing.

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