Oral History Information
Dr. Sherman Hong was encouraged at a young age by several outstanding music teachers to play percussion. In sixth grade he learned how to play drums using the Belwin band method series, which cemented his passion for music making. He was heavily involved with Mississippi Band Clinics and participated in the All State Band three years in a row. Having gained a well-rounded music education from the University of Southern Mississippi, Dr. Hong embarked on a long career in music. Throughout his extensive career he also played a vital role as a judge for the DCI, encouraging the organization to add to such categories as musicianship and musicality. After his retirement he became the conductor of the City of Hattiesburg Concert Band.