Bands of America Hall of Fame member Bob Buckner retired in June 2011 as Director of Athletic Bands at Western Carolina University. During his twenty year leadership the band grew to over 400 members and achieved national recognition culminating with it’s selection as the recipient of the 2009 Sudler Trophy, the highest honor that a collegiate marching band can achieve. The band’s distinguished resume includes a performance in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. As a high school band director at Sylva-Webster High School, Bob led the “Golden Eagle Band” to countless concert band and marching band awards. Those included being named as the “National Field Show Champions” at the Festival of States in St. Petersburg, FL and being named “Grand National Champions” at the 1979 Bands of America Championships. Bob served as the director of the U.S. Army’s All American Band during its first two years in existence and continues to serve as visual designer for the group. Bob’s honors include WCU’s “Paul A. Reid Distinguished Service Award” for faculty, MENC’s recognition as a “Lowell Mason Fellow,” being named to the Bands of America “Hall of Fame,” being awarded Drum Corps International’s “Award for Excellence in Marching Music Education,” and recently being installed in the North Carolina Bandmasters “Hall of Fame.” In June of 2011 Bob was presented the “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue. Bob served as director of the 2013 Bands of America National Honor Band at Pasadena’s Tournament of Roses® Parade and will again direct the BOA Honor Band in the 2017 Rose Parade®.