In The News: Longtime Brother Martin High School Band Director Marty Hurley Dies

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Martin “Marty” Hurley, a veteran music educator who for almost 40 years directed the Brother Martin High School band, died Monday of complications from a stroke. He was 65.

Mr. Hurley, an authority in drum and bugle corps circles, joined the Brother Martin faculty in 1974.

A stalwart at the Gentilly school, he was revered by students and faculty. The school’s football coaches and athletic director, viewed almost as adversaries to the band program at some schools, would regularly sit in on marching band practices at the start of the school year and listen to the students rehearse. The music often included percussion parts, complete with complex visual flourishes, Mr. Hurley penned himself.

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Posted by on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011. Filed under Current News, DCI World.