William Francis McBeth, professor of music at Ouachita Baptist University, died on January 6 aged 78. He was the first composer laureate of the state of Arkansas and the first in the US to hold such a title. Tribute here.
He also conducted the Arkansas All-State Band in which a 15 year-old Bill Clinton played in the tenor saxophone section.
Here’s one of his symphony orchestra works, a formidable piece called Kaddish.