JSU’s director of bands Dowell Taylor recently was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation in Atlanta for his outstanding contributions to the arts and entertainment industry.
The Hall of Fame Foundation aims to sustain and grow Historically Black Colleges and Universities through “alumni recognition, scholarships, training and technical assistance and programs to promote humanitarian involvement,” according to its Website.
Taylor described his induction as an “humbling experience.” He hailed the Hall of Fame Foundation as a distinguished organization in which professionals are recognized by HBCUs in various disciplines by peers and organizations.
Furthermore, he said, “It gives one the feeling that all of the work done across the years on behalf of students have been well worth it.” He especially praised the support of JSU President William B. Bynum Jr. and wife Deborah. Also, Taylor acknowledged the importance of his wife, children and other family members in achieving the notable honor.
Veronica Cohen, vice president of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs, said she was overjoyed by the award bestowed upon JSU’s director of bands.
“I was absolutely thrilled for Mr. Taylor to receive such a prestigious honor. I thought the recognition was timely and paid adequate homage to his years of dedicated service to the university, the Sonic Boom of the South and the overall art form of music.”
Meanwhile, in keeping with the goals of the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation, Taylor said he plans to continue making a difference in the lives of others. Even as he celebrates his new honor, he also salutes those “who endeavor to take HBCU students to the next level.”