Title: Conductor, Educator
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Alfred George James Wright, Conductor, and Educator has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
In 1937, Dr. Wright earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami. From 1938 until 1954, Wright was the Miami Senior High School Bands, orchestra, and marching band director. During his tenure, these organizations received national recognition with consistently superior ratings at state and national contests. He completed his master’s degree from the University of Miami during this time. In 1954 Wright accepted the position of director of bands at Purdue University, where his responsibilities were to conduct the symphony band and the “All-American” marching band. Later, in 1971, Dr. Wright founded US Collegiate Wind Band Tours, also acting as a conductor. He retired from Purdue University in 1984.
Dr. Wright has received over 125 awards. Some of the highlights have been his Distinguished Service Award from his beloved Purdue University and Kappa Kappa Psi. He is also the recipient of the Decorated Star of Order of John Philip Sousa. He received three joint awards with his wife, Gladys Stone Wright, the Phi Beta Mu Award for outstanding contributors in 2000, In 2012 the Harding/Goldman awards, and in 2016 the Midwest Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1954 he was one of the founding members of ASBDA, and in 1961 he was founding President of the National Bandmasters Association. He was the Honorary Lifetime President for the prestigious American Bandmasters Association from 2007-2020. He was the 2nd Band Director at Purdue University and developed it to one largest national Marching Band.
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