Gerald Doty

by Paul Addison, with information from the Indiana University News website
thanks to Gerald’s son Philip for pointing out a correction 9/4/2010

Not many people who were part of the Marching Hundred can tell us about it when they are 100. Gerald Henderson Doty was the director of the Marching Hundred from 1941 to 1947, and he turned 100 years old on October 3, 2009. The complete story is on the IU News website. He was honored on his birthday in Missoula, Montana.

Gerald Doty was born in Fort Wayne, and got his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from Northwestern University. After teaching in the public schools and serving as principal violist in the Louisville Symphony Orchestra, he joined the IU School of Music faculty in 1941, a position which included directing the Marching Hundred. He left IU for Montana in 1958, at the same time he was elected President of the American String Teachers Association. He also earned an Ed.D. degree from Indiana University in 1962.

In Montana, Mr. Doty was chair of the University of Montana Music Department for one year in 1958, and taught there until his retirement in 1976. He was a charter member of the Montana String Quartet and has served in the past as a visiting professor in the School of Fine Arts at Montana State University.

Gerald Doty turned 100 on October 3, 2009.
(Photo courtesy of Indiana University.)

Gerald Doty, Marching Hundred director in the 1940s.
(Photo courtesy of Indiana University.)

He has also judged many school music contests and served as a guest conductor for several clinics. He is a past secretary of the College Band Directors National Association and has served as treasurer of the American String Teachers Association. He has also served as clinician and adjudicator in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Montana.

Did any of you march under Gerald Doty? Do you have any stories about Mr. Doty or about the Hundred at that time? Please let us know by emailing us at Thanks!