Floyd C. McClure

Born: Aug. 28, 1914, Oakey, IL

Lived in Florence, AL

He was band director at Coffee High School in Florence, AL from 1940 to 1972 He was a charter member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association formed in 1939 and later served as Vice-President and then as President from 1947 to 1948. He organized the first State Band Contest and the first All- State Band and Choral Festival in 1947 held at the University of Alabama. He was a Charter Member, President and Vice-President of the Alabama Music Educators Association. McClure was Choir Director at the First Methodist Church in Florence and for 20 years Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church. Mr. McClure was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1984.

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floyd C. McClure was born August 28, 1914 in Oakley, Illinois.  He graduated from Decatur High School in Decatur, Illinois in 1933.  He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Murray State College, Murray, Kentucky in 1937 and attended the University of Alabama from 1938 to 1941.  He was band director at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Alabama from 1937 until 1940; Coffee High School in Florence, Alabama from 1940 until 1972 where he taught band, glee club, biology, American government and economics.  In 1972 he organized the new Weeden Junior High School Band and was their director until his retirement in 1976.  During Mr. McClure’s tenure at Coffee High School the band was consistently awarded Superior and Excellent ratings at State Competition.  They performed frequently in Mardi Gras parades in Mobile and New Orleans; performed at the Lion’s International Convention in Miami, Florida and the Orange Bowl Parade on two occasions.  He was a charter member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association in 1939 and was among those who were responsible for organizing the first All-State Bands (there were two bands then).  He later served as Vice-President and then as President from 1947.  He pushed through legislation to authorize an ABA State Band Contest and organized the first one in 1947.  It was held at the University of Alabama with 17 bands participating.  He also organized the first All-State Band and Choral Festival held at the University of Alabama in 1947.  He was a charter member, President and Vice-President of the Alabama Music Educators Association.  He is a past member of AEA, NEA, MENC, AMEA, and Phi Beta Mu and was a charter member of  Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha.  Mac, as he was known to his friends, played with the Huntsville Symphony, the Florence Civic Orchestra and the Florence Big Band.  He had a large number of students who became band directors.  Mr. McClure was Choir Director at the First Methodist Church in Florence and for 20 years was Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church. He organized and directed the Tri-Cities Oratorio Association which presented “Messiah”, Brahms’ “Requiem” and “Elijah”.  He was President of the Florence Teachers Association and was Treasurer for 10 years.  Mr. McClure was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1984.  He died on December 3, 2005 leaving two daughters, Marilyn Camp of San Antonio, Texas and Jackie Williams of Prattville, Alabama; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Source: Hall of fame

 

 

Floyd C. McClure was born August 28, 1914 in Oakley, Illinois.He graduated from Decatur High School in Decatur, Illinois in 1933.He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Murray State College, Murray, Kentucky in 1937 and attended the University of Alabama from 1938 to 1941.He was band director at Thomasville High School in Thomasville, Alabama from 1937 until 1940; Coffee High School in Florence, Alabama from 1940 until 1972 where he taught band, glee club, biology, American government and economics.In 1972 he organized the new Weeden Junior High School Band and was their director until his retirement in 1976.During Mr. McClure's tenure at Coffee High School the band was consistently awarded Superior and Excellent ratings at State Competition.They performed frequently in Mardi Gras parades in Mobile and New Orleans; performed at the Lion's International Convention in Miami, Florida and the Orange Bowl Parade on two occasions.He was a charter member of the Alabama Bandmasters Association in 1939 and was among those who were responsible for organizing the first All-State Bands (there were two bands then).He later served as Vice-President and then as President from 1947.He pushed through legislation to authorize an ABA State Band Contest and organized the first one in 1947.It was held at the University of Alabama with 17 bands participating.He also organized the first All-State Band and Choral Festival held at the University of Alabama in 1947.He was a charter member, President and Vice-President of the Alabama Music Educators Association.He is a past member of AEA, NEA, MENC, AMEA, and Phi Beta Mu and was a charter member of Gamma Delta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha.Mac, as he was known to his friends, played with the Huntsville Symphony, the Florence Civic Orchestra and the Florence Big Band.He had a large number of students who became band directors.Mr. McClure was Choir Director at the First Methodist Church in Florence and for 20 years was Choir Director at Trinity Episcopal Church.He organized and directed the Tri-Cities Oratorio Association which presented "Messiah", Brahms' "Requiem" and "Elijah".He was President of the Florence Teachers Association and was Treasurer for 10 years.Mr. McClure was inducted into the Phi Beta Mu Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1984.

Source: www.alabamamea.org, 27 Aug 2008
Former Coffee band director Floyd McClure speaks to a well-wisher at his 90th birthday party this past Saturday.Former Coffee band director Floyd McClure speaks to a well-wisher at his 90th birthday party this past Saturday.SUNNY XIANG/TimesDaily
Floyd McClure may have turned 90 years old Saturday 4.2004, but the former Coffee High School band director has yet to lose his sense of rhythm.
Sitting in a wheelchair, he rocks back and forth, the steady motion in perfect sync with the up and down bobbing of the "Happy Birthday" balloon tied to his seat.
McClure, who became Coffee's band and choir director in 1940, saw hundreds of young faces walk through his doors, including those of legendary producer Sam Phillips and jazz percussionist Mike Shepherd.
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McClure, however, quickly tired of the bright lights.Dealing with the rough union workers in Chicago was especially difficult, he said.
"I wanted to get out of all that racket," he said.
In 1937, McClure gave up his monthly salary of $312 to take a $75-per-month job as band director in Thomasville, Ala.
Three years later, he left the town of 1,500 to become Coffee's first band director.
During his time at Coffee, McClure took the band to the Orange Bowl parade twice, the Mardi Gras in Mobile four times and the Mardi Gras in New Orleans two times.
In 1947, he organized Alabama's first state band contest and its first All-State Band and Choral Festival.
Competitions, however, did not form the crux of McClure's teaching career.
"I was not a contest bug like these guys are now," he said."They just want the trophy for that perpendicular pronoun 'I.' "
Instead, McClure said he put all the emphasis on teaching his kids.
Sheffield resident Bobby Terry, a member of Coffee's class of 1955, played the coronet and the baritone horn for McClure.
Source: www.coffeehighschool.com, 23 Feb 2004

 

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