W J Julian
Dr. W J Julian, age 92, of Knoxville, Tennessee, departed this life on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 surrounded by his family. Dr. Julian, or "Doc" as he was known to hundreds of University of Tennessee students, led the UT Band from 1961-1993. He created some of the University's most loved traditions such as the opening of the "T" for the football team at every pre-game show and the innovative circle drill. In 1972, he introduced fans at Neyland Stadium to "Rocky Top" which became one of UT's unofficial fight songs. At the time of his death, Dr. Julian was UT's Director of Bands Emeritus. Dr. Julian was born Oct. 22, 1922 in Silver Point, TN. He initially graduated from what is now known as Tennessee Technological University. A Navy veteran, he served three years in the Pacific Theater during World War II. His ship was sunk by a kamikaze plane in the Philippines on December 7, 1944. After the war, he earned bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in music from Northwestern University. Dr. Julian founded the Tennessee Bandmasters Association and was president of the American Bandmasters Association, National Band Association, College Band Directors Association and Tennessee Music Educators Conference. Dr. Julian's enjoyment of life was unmatched. He loved music, his students, the University of Tennessee, and most of all, his family.
Dr. Julian is survived by his wife Faye; daughter, Jennifer Nelson (Michael) of Cary, North Carolina; son, Jeff (Brandie) of Knoxville and his precious grandchildren, Claire Hollingsworth Nelson, Julian Robert Nelson and Audrey Lynne Julian.
A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan, 425 North Cedar Bluff Road, Knoxville, on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11:00a.m. The family will receive friends at a reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the University of Tennessee Band Scholarship Fund or the W J Julian Endowment Fund at the University of Tennessee, 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 2277 Natalie Haslam Music Center, Knoxville, TN 37996. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com
Published by Knoxville News Sentinel from May 28 to May 29, 2015.