Fmr. Auburn Band Director passes away

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Dr. Billy "Doc" Walls, Professor of Music/Director of Bands Emeritus and Music Education Instructor at Auburn University has died. He was 77-years-old.

Mr. Walls became the seventh Band Director at Auburn University in 1969. He's credited with, among many accomplishments, selecting the first female drum major of the Auburn Band when he tapped Deborah Whatley to fill to position in 1972.

Walls served as the band's leader for more than two decades, and during those years he welcomed numerous changes to the program. He was present when Goodwin Band Building was built in the 1970s. He was there in the 1980s when the band updated to "West Point-style" uniforms. He was there when the First Annual Alumni Band Reunion was held.

The Marching Band took part in the 1989 Presidential Inaugural Parade for President George H.W. Bush.

Then, in 1991, Dr. Walls stepped back and handed the baton to his successor, Dr. Johnnie Vinson.

In total, Walls devoted more than 50 years of his life to Auburn University. His wife, Dr. Kim C. Walls is an Auburn professor and former Auburn University Marching Band drum major.

Survivors include wife Kim, sons Bill and Ed, daughter-in-law Kristen and grandsons Austin and Brandon. There are also thousands of former students who fondly remember him.

Visitation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Red Ridge United Methodist Church in Dadeville. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 a.m.

Dr. Walls' family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Auburn University Foundation, designated for the Billy "Doc" G. Walls Scholarship Fund and sent to the Auburn University Foundation, Attn: Theresa Bush at 317 S. College Street, Auburn, AL 36849

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