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Tull, Fischer

Fisher A. Tull (1934-1994) was a highly renowned American composer of the 20th century. A graduate of Waco High School in Waco, Texas, he earned his undergraduate degrees as well as his Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition from the University of North Texas. Joining the music faculty at Sam Houston in 1957, he served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1965-1982. At his death Dr. Tull held the rank of distinguished Professor and served as Director of Graduate Studies in Music.

Dr. Tull's compositional activities emerged from his background as a trumpet performer and jazz arranger in the early 1950ís. He was the first staff arranger for the famous UNT Lab Bands. His compositions for brass ensembles were followed by several works for symphonic band, one of which, Toccata, was the winner of the prestigious ABA Ostwald Award in 1970. In 1991, he was cited as Texas Composer of the Year by TMEA.

A guest composer-conductor-lecturer on campuses and festivals throughout the U.S. and Germany, Fisher Tull received innumerable awards in composition from ASCAP, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among many others. In addition, he received commissions from many groups including the Houston Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army and Air Force Bands, Doc Severinson, and numerous universities.

Some of the variety of media for which Dr. Tull composed were recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Brass Society, the Wurzburger Percussion Quartet, Doc Severinson, Allen Vizzuti, and numerous university ensembles, including the Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble conducted by Dr. Ralph Mills.

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