Hall of Fame
Ronald Payne '75 '83 (above
), the department chair and director of bands at Charlotte Latin in Charlotte, recently was inducted into the N.C. Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame.
Before joining the staff at Charlotte Latin, Payne taught music for 31 years in North Carolina public schools, most recently at Providence High School, where he served as director of bands and fine arts department chair.
Under his baton, bands in 1987 and 2003 from two different high schools were selected as featured performers at the North Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference.
He was named a nationally certified music educator by the Music Educators National Conference in 1991.
He has served in numerous capacities on the board of the N.C. Music Educators Association. He is also a past president of NCBA.
Peers have honored him by electing him as state chairman of the American School Band Directors Association.
In 2006 he received the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association, and in 2007 he was presented one of 19 Star Teacher Awards for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System.
Payne received his initial music training in the Kings Mountain School System from Joe Hedden and Donald Deal.
He graduated cum laude
with undergraduate and master's degrees in music education at ECU, where he studied euphonium with George Broussard and David Lewis and conducting with Robert Hause.
He is the nephew of Richard George
'60 of Virginia Beach, Va.