2017 Brother Dillard Brewster Montgomery (Special Recognition Honoree)

Brother Dillard Brewster Montgomery


Born January 1,1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, Bro. Montgomery is a product of the Nashville City School System. After graduating from Pearl Senior High School in 1953, he attended The Art Institute of Chicago, and The University Of Illinois at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Bro. Montgomery attended and graduated from The United States Air Force School Of Personnel at Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, lllinois in 1955. He achieved a Bachelor Of Science Degree in Music Education from Tennessee State University in 1962. While at TSU, he participated in The University Choir for four years. At the end of this period, was awarded the University Choir Award. Of a seventy plus member choir, only two students received this award. With a thesis focused on The Musical Preferences Of The North Nashville Community, He earned a Master Of Arts Degree in Music Education from TSU in 1969.

Bro. Montgomery taught in The Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County School System for 36 Years. While at Ford Greene Elementary School for 5 years, he wrote the words and music to The Ford Greene Alma Mater. He has been a General Music Teacher, Choral Director, School Pianist, and Member of The Principals’ Advisory Committee. At W.A. Bass Junior High School and later W.A. Bass Middle School, he was General Music Teacher, Choral Director, Special Assistant to The Principal. Assistant Principal and ultimately becoming Principal of the school. It was in this position that he retired from the system in 1994.

Bro. Montgomery has often been called upon to train or assist other schools with their music programs and spring festivals. He has worked as Recreational Supervisor for The Nashville City Parks. As a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Stewart, Lay Leader, Chairperson of The Worship Committee, Music Director, Youth Choir Director, Men’s Choir Director, Gospel Chorus Director, Church Organist and Pianist. He also served as Choir Director and Organist for Dixon United Methodist Church. Bro. Montgomery married Joyce Beale, and fathered a daughter named Lisa Jenean.