Dr. Robert Romine, a professor emeritus of UNC Pembroke, has been named to the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame. He was inducted on May 6 in UNC Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall.
Robert Romine (right) with Mike Williams
The award recognizes excellence in teaching as a band director in music education. “Your leadership in the activities of this association, while maintaining a well-balanced band program, is an inspiration to us all,” the award notes.
“I’ve probably conducted just about every school band in the region,” Dr. Romine said. “It’s a real honor for me to be on such a distinguished list. I am one of only two university faculty from any university in the hall of fame.”
The Bandmasters Association is affiliated with the North Carolina Music Educators Association. Dr. Romine was inducted during the association’s annual honors band clinic.
Romine served as chair of UNCP’s Music Department and was its band director from 1974 through 1996. He was nominated for this award by Mike Williams, a 1980 UNCP graduate and band director at Cape Fear High School near Fayetteville.
In retirement, Dr. Romine continues his musical career in Pinehurst. He co-conducts Moore County’s New Horizons Band and conducts the Moore County Concert Band.
“I’m still going strong,” he said. “I’m so busy, it’s unbelievable.”