NABBA President's Citation
Anita Cocker Hunt
The North American Brass Band Association honors Anita Cocker Hunt as the recipient of the 2013 President's Award. Hunt exemplifies unstinting, dedicated, and self-sacrificing service in both spheres of brass band activity, NABBA and The Salvation Army.
As the 7th President of NABBA from 2002-2007, she served an unprecedented third term, seeing NABBA through a period of continued growth, energizing bands across the continent with a variety of activities beyond the annual NABBA contest. Evidence of this comes in her service as the regular guest conductor for the brass band formed each summer at the International Music Camp. Not content to rest on her laurels, Ms. Hunt has always made herself available for the widest range of NABBA activities, committees and special projects. She represents the ideal Board member, highly reliable and efficient.
Her impact has been much more than being a good administrator! She has been the primary conductor of the excellent, all-female Athena Brass Band that has made such as name for itself at a wide range of music festivals, including the International Women's Brass Conference. Ms. Hunt is also Adjunct Faculty at Indiana University Southeast, where she serves as Associate Conductor of the Commonwealth Brass Band.
A founding member and conductor of the Cincinnati Brass Band since 1993, she has brought that band honors on multiple levels, with two firsts in the Challenge Section (Second Division) and then three firsts in Honors (First Division). Her band has represented NABBA in stellar fashion in such venues at The Great American Brass Band Festival and summer concerts with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under Eric Kunzel. As we meet in Cincinnati for a third time, NABBA recalls the excellent 2002 NABBA when the CBB first served as host band under Hunt's leadership.
Within the brass band scene of The Salvation Army she has had a distinguished, long-standing career as a Divisional Music Director, first in Cleveland , and now in Cincinnati. She has served all across the North America as a guest conductor and instructor at a wide range of summer music camps and has a significant impact on the development of Salvationist music leaders, especially at the famed Star Lake Musicamp.
In addition to her brass band activities, Anita has held positions as high school band director in Cleveland, and in Pendleton County, Kentucky, as well as a school representative for Buddy Roger's Music.
Above all, Anita Cocker Hunt mantains a personality that reaches out in warmth and friendship to whomever she meets and works, and at whatever level, from the most advanced musicians to a group of beginners. On a personal note, I wish to thank Anita for her friendship and consistent support. She brings a sense of joy - and humor - to her calling, which has made her such a pleasant leader to work with through the years. As President I stand in awe of the excellent example of her service. May many others follow her lead.
This brief citation cannot possibly do justice to all Anita has given to brass bands through the years. If you want to get a sense of her widespread impact, just watch the opening scene in the classic Jean Shepherd film, A Christmas Story. Anita is the leader of The Salvation Army Band marching down the street!
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