Col. Carleton K. Butler, Marching Band Conductor Band Masters Hall of Fame 1976

Born: Feb.2, 1907 Died: May 27, 1993 Edinberg, OH

Lived in Tuscaloosa, Al

Source: Alabama Music  Hall of Fame




Colonel Carleton Butler was born February 2, 1907 in Edinberg, Ohio and died May 27, 1993 in Ashville, North Carolina. He attended high school in Warren, Ohio graduating in 1924. He attended Dana's Musical Institute from 1924-28; Kent State University from 1928-32; and the University of Alabama in 1935. He was band director in the Elementary School in Birmingham, Alabama in 1929-30; Ramsay High School, Birmingham, Alabama 1930-34; and the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama from 1935 until his retirement in 1969. He was also band director at Tuscaloosa High School from 1935 until 1946.  During his 34 years as band director at the University of Alabama, Colonel Butler was a driving influential force behind the band movement in the State of Alabama.

In 1939 he called a meeting of Alabama band directors at the University of Alabama to form the Alabama Bandmasters Association of which he was elected the first President. Colonel Butler was loved by his band members and respected by his peers. He lifted the "Million Dollar Band" to National prominence through his insistence of high, quick stepping, elaborate maneuvers, and accuracy and style of musical performance. He conceived the fabled time, temperature, and score drill that baffled and delighted fans at home and at the many national appearances at the major bowls.  Colonel Butler was appointed Honorary Colonel in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, University of Alabama in 1940 and appointed Honorary Colonel in the Great State of Alabama by Governor John Patterson in 1959.

In 1968 he was presented a plaque by the University of Alabama Student Body, for 34 years of outstanding service to the University and the "Million Dollar Band" . Also in 1968 he was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for "Outstanding Service to Music Education in the State of Alabama" for serving as president of the Alabama Music Educators Association in 1956 and 1958. In 1969 a resolution was enacted and appointment as Professor Emeritus of Music upon retirement was conferred on Colonel Butler by The Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama. Also, a resolution was enacted by the Alabama House of Representatives, the Senate concurring that the legislature expressing appreciation to Colonel Carleton K. Buler for 34 years as director of The University of Alabama Band. He was awarded the "Outstanding Bandmasters Award" by Phi Beta Mu, national bandmasters honorary fraternity in 1969.  In 1979 $10,000 was donated by former students and friends for the University of Alabama scholarships in the name of Colonel Butler and in 1980, to honor Colonel Butler, the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama the naming and dedication of the band practice field,"Butler Field".  Colonel Butler was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Alabama Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1976.




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