Our History

The Arkansas School Band And Orchestra Association (ASBOA) was first organized in 1930 as the Arkansas Band Association. All records from 1930 through 1935 were in the hands of Lee Wallick and lost in a school fire in Monticello. In 1935, the name was changed to ASBOA since some school orchestra programs were being instituted at the time.
Note: Much of this information is taken from a master’s thesis from Northwestern University written by Mrs. Betty Peck, a native of Sheridan and the daughter of John Henry Williams, the former band director at Sheridan High School.

If the band department at your school has any records from the band movement during the 1930-1935 period, contact the ASBOA office. During this six-year period, several personalities within ASBOA were so aggressive that meetings continually got out of control. Mr. J.A. Day was persuaded to preside at all meetings as our chief executive officer. He ran the meetings with a firm grip, giving us at least a modicum of decorum. He was very knowledgeable, understanding, amiable, and a fine school administrator. “I was a ‘young kid on the block’ and was amazed at his leadership,” said Raymond Brandon.

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1930-31L. Bruce JonesLittle Rock High School
1931-32L. Bruce JonesLittle Rock High School
1932-33L. Bruce JonesLittle Rock High School
1935-36J. A. Day, SuperintendentFort Smith
1936-37J. A. Day, SuperintendentFort Smith
1937-38J. A. Day, SuperintendentFort Smith
1938-39J. A. Day, SuperintendentFort Smith
1939-40J. A. Day, SuperintendentFort Smith
1940-41J. A. Day, SuperintendentFort Smith
1941-42Addison WallFort Smith High School
1942-43L. E. CrumplerCamden High School
1943-44Lee WallickMonticello High School
1944-45Lee WallickMonticello High School
1945-46R. B. WatsonPine Bluff High School
1946-47L. E. CrumplerCamden High School
1947-48Lee WallickMonticello High School
1948-49R. B. WatsonPine Bluff High School
1949-50J. Raymond Brandon Texarkana High School
1950-51Alonzo F. LapeLittle Rock High School
1951-52William E. LassSearcy High School
1952-53John Y. HardingHot Springs High School
1953-54R. W. WillisLake Village High School
1954-55Penn TuckerBenton High School
1955-56C. A. HartleyMagnolia High School
1956-57Herbert CagleEl Dorado High School
1957-58Phil VanceWest Memphis
1958-59Ralph AtkinsonTexarkana High School
1959-60Tommy KinserStuttgart High School
1960-61John Henley IIIForrest City High School
1961-62Dix StallingsEl Dorado High School
1962-63Bill Shaver IIIFort Smith Northside High School
1963-64Jon BarbarottoNewport High School
1964-65Robert CaseyCrossett High School
1965-66C. Bonner RuffCamden High School
1966-67Virgil SpurlinHot Springs High School
1967-68H. L. ShepherdRussellville High School
1968-69Lamar ColeWynne High School
1969-70Russell LangstonConway High School
1970-71Irby MartinMcGehee High School
1971-72Eddie EppersonVan Buren High School
1972-73Stan CateFort Smith Southside High School
1973-74Al PostonJonesboro High School
1974-75Ron AllenCamden High School
1975-76Danny LoweArkadelphia High School
1976-77Robert NelsonMountain Home High School
1977-78Ernie SimpsonManila High School
1978-79Ron BryantNLR Ole Main High School
1979-80Paul GrayMena High School
1980-81Ramey HerrenOzark High School
1981-82Franklin WashburnMcClellan High School
1982-83Don JonesBlytheville High School
1983-84Pat EllisonSpringdale High School
1984-85Prissy BuchananFort Smith Chaffin Junior High
1985-86Bill TuckerDumas High School
1986-87Mike CroomNLR Northeast High School
1987-88Julia ReynoldsRussellville High School
1988-89Julian HerringLake Hamilton High School
1989-90Richard PeerFort Smith Southside High School
1990-91Claude SmithSearcy High School
1991-92Tommy RunnelsForrest City High School
1992-93Rick RichardsonHot Springs Lakeside High School
1993-94Gary BartonJonesboro High School
1994-95Steve WarnerWest Memphis High School
1995-96John CombsSpringdale Southwest Junior High
1996-97Bankie HolleyMonticello High School
1997-98Mike JonesVan Buren High School
1998-99Lee ClarkJacksonville Junior High School
1999-00Tim CunninghamConway High School
2000-01David LeonardJonesboro Annie Camp Junior High
2001-02Mark TenneyCabot High School
2002-03Bill MaxwellMountain Home Junior High
2003-04Karen DismukeNorth Pulaski High School
2004-05Travis BeardRussellville High School
2005-06Dale MarlowRogers High School
2006-07Trey ReelyParagould High School
2007-08John WebbBenton High School
2008-09Joe TrustyCabot High School
2009-10Jennifer SteeleFort Smith Chaffin Junior High
2010-11Sheila BrooksConway Bob Courtway Junior High
2011-12David O. StuartSr. Magnolia High School
2012-13Cathy WilliamsWest Memphis High School
2013-14Grant BrinkleNettleton Junior High School
2014-15Omar A. TaweelWest Fork Senior High School
2015-16Kevin TaylorHarmony Grove High School
2016-17Ken WilliamsMalvern High School
2017-18Kara ReynoldsCabot High School
2018-19Greg BrunerHighland High School
2019-20Dewayne DoveRussellville High School
2020-21Matt TeagueMonticello High School
2021-22Tammy SangsterSpringdale Central Junior High
2022-2023Doug BlevinsBerryville High School
2023-2024Keith MatthewsBryant High School