Fifty Years of Dr. Joseph Hebert

Dr. Hebert conducting the Loyola Jazz Band, circa 1975. From Founded on Faith by Bernard Cook.

This semester marks the end of a long chapter in Loyola history. Dr. Joseph Hebert, Director of Bands, is retiring after teaching for fifty years in the Loyola College of Music. Before becoming one of the most beloved professors in the college, Dr. Hebert graduated from Loyola in 1963 with his B.M.E., and then went on to get his M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music and his PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi. A world renowned conductor and performer, he has performed under Leonard Bernstein and Leopold Stowkowski, as well as commercially with Mel Torme, Ray Charles, and others. The Loyola band department has flourished under his baton, and he recently was awarded the Citation of Excellence, the National Band Association’s highest honor.

Dr. Hebert in 1960 and 1963. From the Wolf Yearbook.

The band in 1963, with Hebert on tuba. From the Wolf Yearbook.

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Concert Band in 1978. (

Dr. Hebert leading the Loyola Wind Ensemble. (

Thank you, Doc.

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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