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band master , writer

Richard W. Bowles, American band master, writer. Recipient Hall of Fame, Florida Music Educators Association, 1983, Distinguished Service Award, National Band Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, 1968. Member of Offshore Fishing Club (life), Florida Outdoor Writers Association (life).


Bowles, Richard W. was born on June 30, 1918 in Rogers, Arkansas, United States.


Bachelor, Indiana University, Indiana, 1940.


Warrant officer bandleader World War 2, Indiana, 1942—1946. Director of music & education Heights Christian Church, Houston, 1946—1947. Band leader Culver, Indiana, 1950—1953.

Music supervisor Indiana School Music Association, Lafayette, 1953—1958. Assistant director of bands University of Florida, Florida, 195—1960, director of bands, 1960—1973, music educator, 1973—1985. President College Band Directors National Association.

Warrant officer bandleader United States Army, 1942-1946, Us.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (music publications) various. Composer: (march composition) Burst of Flame.


Member of Offshore Fishing Club (life), Florida Outdoor Writers Association (life).


Son of Reverend James D and Bessie Alice Bagby Bowles. Married Margaret Alice Thompson, May 3, 1941. Children: Daniel Alan, Mary Jane Bowles Ayers.

Reverend James Bowles

Margaret Alice Thompson

Daniel Alan Bowles

Mary Jane Bowles Ayers Bowles