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James Arrowood
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Birth: Sep. 30, 1946
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jun. 29, 2008
Stevens Point
Portage County
Wisconsin, USA

James Arrowood, 61, Stevens Point, professor emeritus of music and former director of bands at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UW-SP), died at home Sunday, June 29, 2008, following two decades of struggle with chronic respiratory disease.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

Donations in lieu of flowers would be appreciated Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery AL 36104 or the James Arrowood Music Scholarship Fund, Department of Music, UW-SP, Stevens Point WI 54481.

Boston Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at

Mr. Arrowood was born Sept. 30, 1946, in Concord, N.C., a son of Vivian (Irvin) Arrowood and the late James Harry Arrowood Sr.

He entered Wake Forest University in 1964 and earned a bachelor's degree as a history and political science major. He applied for a job as a history teacher in Halifax County, Virginia, but was hired for an instrumental music position because of his extracurricular performance as a product of the choral and instrumental music program in the Concord public schools and, in particular, with high school band director Robert Ingram.

While teaching, he completed his certification as an instrumental teacher and later taught in Culpeper, Va., where he received the Stansbury Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of School Band Programs from the American School Band Directors Association.

He was married to Barbara Knowles of Livingston, N.J., in December 1970.

He received a master's degree from Radford University and did doctoral studies at Ball State University and additional graduate studies at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan.

He taught at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Capital University Conservatory of Music in Columbus, Ohio; and Ball State University before coming to UW-SP in 1990. He was recognized as Outstanding Teacher Educator at UW-SP in 1996 and received two Carnegie conducting fellowships. He retired in 2001 because of his health problems.

He traveled to Sweden and Great Britain to do research on wind band literature and was guest lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music at the 1989 Conference of the British Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles.

He appeared at many colleges and high schools as a guest conductor, clinician and rehearsal coach. He was a visiting artist at Yale University, Southern Methodist University, Emory University and Ohio State University.

While conducting the Wind Symphony at Capital University in the 1983 Spoleto USA festival, it was selected to appear on the PBS television series "Great Performances."

He was editor of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Journal for nine years and served on the National Archives Committee. He served two years as vice president and two years as president-elect of the North Central Division of CBDNA but stepped aside as president because of his health.

He was a charter member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles and served on the state council for the Wisconsin Comprehensive Musicianship Through Performance Project.

Upon his early retirement, the Men of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, a music service fraternity at UW-SP, set up an endowment for the James Arrowood Music Service Award, and the Music Department faculty annually select a continuing music student for the $500 scholarship based on service to the department.

Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Heather, Nairobi, Kenya, Africa; and one son, Garett, Miami, Fla. 
Created by: Amber N
Record added: Apr 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67880608

- Amber N
 Added: Apr. 4, 2011

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