John J. Morrissey

John Morrissey (1906-1993) received his Master’s degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he subsequently taught for five years. In 1938 he joined the faculty of Tulane University, New Orleans, where he became Professor of Music and Head of Department in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as Director of Bands until his retirement in 1968. During World War II he served as Executive Officer to the Chief of the Music Branch of the Army. He was discharged with the rank of major. After several months of study and travel in Mexico, he produced a symphonic suite for band entitled “Viva Mexico!” – a work of extraordinary power and beauty. He went on to compose many works for band. On March 26, 2006 the Tulane Band Program presented an historic all-Morrissey concert, which was the first music ensemble concert on the Tulane campus following Hurricane Katrina.