In the fall of 1986, a number of convention singers, including Tom Powell, Truman Glassco, Carlos Bailey, Barney Raines and others met to discuss the possibility of conducting, in Alabama, a summer music school similar to the ones which were being held in Georgia, Tennessee, and other states. A couple of months later, Truman Glassco moderated a meeting held in conjunction with a monthly singing held at the Church of the Valley in St. Clair County, AL. At that meeting, fifty interested persons from fourteen Alabama counties paid $10.00 each to become members of a Board of Directors for the Alabama School of Gospel Music (ASGM). From the 50 member Board of Directors, eight persons, as follows, were elected as Executive Board members:
Truman Glassco Horton, AL President James E. Reid Hayden, AL Executive Vice President Gus Smith Birmingham, AL First Vice President Alvin Blessing Dawson, AL Second Vice President A.J. Harris Attalla, AL Third Vice President Charles Smith Boaz, AL Chaplain Bobbie Glassco Horton, AL Secretary Beacie Littlejohn Boaz, AL Treasurer
The first session of the Alabama School of Gospel Music was held June 22 -July 3, 1987. More than 130 students attended the first school, which was held at Snead State Junior College in Boaz, AL. Snead College has always been and continues to be the home of ASGM.
Through the years, the number of directors on the board varied; however, some fifteen years ago the school incorporated and achieved tax-exempt status. Since that time, the number of directors on the board have remained between seven and fifteen; however, any interested person may continue to pay annual dues to be a member of ASGM Association and vote in business meetings.
The director of instruction for the first school was Mr. Tom Powell, the current director, who served as director of the school for 18 of the 24 schools. Other directors were Pauline Thompson (3 years) and Jason Myers (3 years).
Presidents of the school included Truman Glassco (17 years), Phillip Smith (2 years) and Dr. David Sexton, current President (5 years).
More than 30 people from seven different states have served as instructors in the school, as follows: Nelson Bailey Christine Bridges Jack Clark Kathy Duren Chad Hunt Gene Jeffress Ree Johnson Rebecca Lancaster Harold Lane Ellen Marsh Gary Martin Jeremy McKissack Lynell McKissack Jason Myers Justin Myers Eloise Phillips Tracey Phillips Leah Powell Lisa Powell Tom Powell James E. Reid Jackie Smith Jana Reesor Smith Pauline Thompson Phyllis Thompson Natasha Tidmore Charles Towler Becky Walker Bret Warren Elizabeth Wheatley Glenn Wilson
Attendance at the school is consistently good and ranges from a low of 108 to a high of 160 students from an average of eight different states.
Classes and private instruction in piano, voice, and guitar are held in the Maze Music Building. Meals are provided by the Snead State Cafeteria. Resident students are housed in Snead's dormitories.
We look forward to many more successful music schools at Snead State Community College in the future.
Dr. Bobbie Glassco Horton, AL
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