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Ralph Hale

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Ralph Hale


Ralph Hale (28 May 1923, Memphis, Tenn. – 13 March 1993) was an American composer, conductor and educator.

Dr. Ralph Hale was the band director at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee, until his retirement. He was a member of the American Bandmasters Association and other national and state organizations, and was listed in the International Who's Who in Music. He was in great demand as a clinician and an adjudicator. He was well known for the fine bands he had at the Christian Brothers High School and for the series of slides he had developed for use in his teaching of rhythmic skills.

Hale arrived on the Christian Brothers High School campus in 1947 and served as band director until 1983. Under the baton of Ralph Hale, the band became notable on a national level. The band performed for the Midwest Clinic, the dedication of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and for President Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew. The band received superior ratings at concert festival every year of his direction. Ralph Hale was inducted into the Christian Brothers Band Hall of Fame in 1990 for his work.

Ralph Hale and his brother, Jack Hale, teamed up for a number of years composing works for band. He is also known for the fine music for young bands he and his brother had written.

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