June 12, 2019
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Rusty Logan Appointed Huntingdon Director of Bands
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today the appointment of Dr. Russell (Rusty) Logan as the College’s director of bands. Logan has served on the Huntingdon music faculty since 2014 and takes the podium following the retirement of former director Eddy Williams.
“Dr. Rusty Logan brings exceptional experience as director of bands for Huntingdon,” said West. “He is well-known in the secondary school band community, having served in leadership roles in state band associations and competitions and, for many years, as a respected and highly accomplished high school band director. Our band staff and band members know and work with him well, and we look forward to his leadership and to new growth in the Huntingdon band program.”
A native of Wetumpka, Alabama, Logan graduated from Wetumpka High School and attended Auburn University, where he earned the Bachelor of Science in music education and Master of Music in trombone performance. He completed his Doctor of Arts in music theory at the University of Mississippi. Logan has served as director of bands at Monroe Academy in Forsyth, Georgia; at Victoria High School in Victoria, Texas; and, for 24 years until his retirement, at Auburn High School, Auburn, Alabama. While at Auburn High School, his bands were rated superior yearly at the Alabama Bandmasters Association’s Music Performance Assessment. Logan is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician for bands throughout Alabama, serving as president of the Alabama Bandmasters Association (2005-2007) and as assistant executive director for the Alabama Music Educators Association. He serves as principal trombonist and as an executive board member for the Alabama Winds Concert Band. Logan’s professional affiliations include the Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Phi Beta Mu international bandmaster fraternity. In April 2019, Dr. Logan was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame.
“I am extremely honored to be selected as the director of bands for Huntingdon College band programs,” said Logan. “My vision for Huntingdon College bands is to provide a high quality musical experience for the student-musicians, and for Huntingdon band participation to be a desirable goal for prospective students to continue their band experiences at the collegiate level after high school completion. I look forward to working with band staff and students to make this happen.”
Now in its thirteenth year, Huntingdon’s band program began in 2006 with the College’s marching band, the Marching Scarlet and Grey. Other band ensembles have formed from the marching band members, including the Huntingdon Winds Concert Band, Huntingdon Jazz, and BallHawks Pep Band. Many instrumental musicians also participate in the Huntingdon College Concert Choir and in Huntingdon vocal ensembles. Huntingdon’s band program was the first and remains the largest in the College’s NCAA-Division III athletic conference, the USA South, and is the only conference marching band that travels. Each band member is eligible for a scholarship and receives uniforms and a new instrument (his/hers to keep at graduation), with no fee or audition required for participation. Students of any major are welcome to participate in Huntingdon’s band and choral ensembles.
Logan will begin his new role June 24.
The College’s band and choral programs are part of the Department of Fine Arts, which offers majors in music, music education, art, and digital art. Huntingdon College continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church. Huntingdon College has been named a top 6 regional Best Value and top 11 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report; among a list of Colleges that Change Lives, by Washington Monthly; among the Best Colleges in Alabama and the Best Small Colleges in America by College Consensus; and among the Best Colleges: Region by Region (South) by the Princeton Review. Through the Huntingdon Plan, full-time day students are provided a laptop computer, books and information resources, active learning experiences, and senior-year travel-study opportunities—all within regular tuition and fees.
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