East Point Historical Society Quarterly Membership Meeting

Our next quarterly meeting will be this Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM at the East Point Avenue United Methodist Church (across from City Hall).

This will also be our “Annual” meeting when the slate of officers and directors as nominated by the present board will be presented for approval by the general membership.

We are honored to have as our guest speaker, Dr. William E. Fry, a 1971 graduate of Russell High School, who is researching and documenting the 60-hear history of the Russell Band. He just retired after 36 years of service to music education and is writing the Russell Band History as his first retirement project.

After his graduation at Russell, where he was a band student of Dr. William Prescott, Fry graduated from Columbus State University (GA) in 1975 and received the Masters of Music Education from Georgia State University in 1981. He obtained the Doctor of Musical Arts in Instrumental Conducting from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro in 1991.

Prior to his recent retirement from a music position with the Muscogee County School District (Columbus, GA), Fry held band conducting positions at Columbus State University and Susquehanna University (PA). From 1975 to 1987, Fry was coordinator of all instrumental music activities at Redan High School, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and held an assistant conductor position with the Yaarab (Atlanta) Shrine Band.

Fry has appeared as a feature conductor at the Georgia Music Educators State Conductors Symposium, CBDNA/NBA Southeastern Regional, and the Carolina Conductors Symposium. He has authored several articles on conducting and is a noted authority on the band music of Don Gillis.

Fry resides with his wife, Anne, in Columbus, Georgia, where he is a part-time member of the saxophone section of the Columbus Cavaliers Jazz Band and has been conductor of the Columbus Community Orchestra for 12 years. He is also a saxophonist with “DNR,” an all-doctor rock band that performs volunteer benefits throughout the Columbus area.

- Charles Strickland, President, EPHS Board