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Fisher Tull

born: September 24,1934 in
Waco, Texas, USA

died: August 23,1994 in
Huntsville, Texas, USA

Fisher Tull’s career encompasses a broad spectrum of musical achievements as a performer, arranger, composer, educator and administrator. A native Texan, he earned three degrees from the University of North Texas:
B. Mus. in music education (1956), M. Mus. in music theory (1957), and PhD, in music composition (1965). He studied trumpet with John Haynie and composition with Samuel Adler.

Tull entered the University of North Texas in 1952 after a brief period as a professional musician with a traveling commercial dance band. As an undergraduate he performed with the UNT orchestra, concert band and jazz lab band. He was also active as a jazz arranger for the lab band and for Dallas area dance bands. During his studies he was awarded four citations for outstanding musicianship from Pi Kappa Lambda. He held teaching assistantships in trumpet and arranging. When enrollment prompted the formation of a second lab band in 1956, he was appointed director of that ensemble.

Fisher Tull joined the music faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1957. Upon completion of his PhD, Tull was appointed Chair of the Department of Music at SHSU, a position he held for 17 years. As an administrator, he served as president of the Texas Association of Music Schools and was a member of the Board of Directors and the Commission on Undergraduate Standards of the National Association of Schools of Music. His dedication to teaching resulted in his being named a Piper Professor and his promotion to the rank of Distinguished Professor of Music.

A catalog of Tull’s compositions contains over 80 published works in all categories: orchestra, band, chorus and chamber music. Most of his publications are divided between Boosey & Hawkes (New York) and Southern Music Company (San Antonio, TX). Other works are available from Western International Music, Ludwig Publishing Company, TRN and the International Trombone Association Manuscript Press.

For more information about Fisher Tull or his music, please contact
Tim Tull
tim@fishertull.com