James J. Doster

Born in Glies County, TN on November 25, 1922

Departed on May 19, 2014 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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James J. “Bucky” Doster

Left-handed bass trombonist, James J. “Bucky” Doster, a longtime Nashville musician and teacher, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 19th after a brief illness. Doster was 91 and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bettye Doster; children, Dana (Tom) Luton and Jan (Jeff) Bennett; four grandchildren, Madison and Cooper Luton, Kristen and Brice Bennett; and a twin sister, Justine D. Stutts. He was a member of the Church of Christ. In 1942 at 19 years old, Bucky joined the Musicians Union and was a member for almost 72 years. He became a Life Member in 1977.

Growing up in Murfreesboro, Doster played in dance bands in high school and college (MTSU) before induction in the Army in 1943. He was first trombone with the 97th Infantry Division Band as well as serving as a clerk typist until February, 1946. After the war, Bucky settled in Nashville and completed college at the George Peabody College for Teachers. He served as band director in Huntsville, AL and at Isaac Litton High School in Nashville before his long tenure at East (Nashville) Junior High School. In his final years as a teacher, he became brass musical consultant for the Metro Nashville Public School System.
During his musical career, Doster played with the Owen Bradley Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony. He toured with Glen Campbell and was a band member with the Johnny Cash Television Show. He was involved in studio work for many Nashville recording artists. In his retirement years, he enjoyed playing with The Establishment, a “big band” orchestra which donates its proceeds to the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt.
A memorial service will be held for Bucky Doster at 3:00 PM on Sunday, May 25th at Hendersonville Memory Gardens and Funeral Home (615.824.3855) with a reception for friends beginning at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his honor to the Doster Family Scholarship at Lipscomb University.

11 Comments to James J. Doster

  1. Heather Patton
    May 22, 2014 8:42 am

    Jan, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I was in the Litton Band when he was there. Such a GREAT Band Director!!! I will be praying for your family.

  2. pat pierce
    May 22, 2014 1:06 pm

    A great man and band director. He was my teacher through 1953. Rarely saw him in a bad mood. He will be missed.

  3. John Rowden
    May 22, 2014 1:43 pm

    Mr. Doster was a great man. He was my band director at East Jr. When I had an appendectomy in 1956, he came to the hospital to see me.He constantly wore a smile and had a cheerful disposition. Because of his influence I gained a deep and lasting appreciation of music. I have made it a point several times in the last few years to call when when I’m in Nashville and thank him for all of the world that he opened to me.
    May he enjoy playing music in Heaven.

  4. Jerry Rogers
    May 22, 2014 2:20 pm

    I’m so sorrow to here about Mr Doster’s passing. I was in the East Jr Band.He was enjoyed his work with the bunch of kids. He was always able to notice when someone had a particular talent. When I started with the band Mr Doster,told me that I had a great future in music. I was playing French Horn at the time. Mr Doster was right he moved me to tuba after the 2nd or 3rd practice. He advised me to move to tuba. The particular talent that I had was not at French Horn. Again I’m sorry to hear of his passing. God Bless

  5. Susan (Bennett) Mayo
    May 22, 2014 2:43 pm

    Mr. Doster as my band director at East Junior High. He taught me so much in music. We lived in the same neighborhood. My last name was McCoy then. Great memories. Thank you for sharing him with so many students. Pray God’s blessings on your family.

  6. Kim McDonough
    May 23, 2014 1:37 pm

    Mr. Doster was on the faculty at East Jr. when my father, H.B. McDonough was principal there. Later, the Dosters were on my brother’s paper route in Parkwood. On many occasions, Mr. Doster would come out and chat when we came by delivering papers. Daddy probably got the greatest satisfaction of his career while he was East Jr. and “Bucky” was part of that. He always considered Mr. Doster a good friend.

  7. Steve Douglas
    May 23, 2014 2:13 pm

    Mr. Doster was one of my favorite music teachers. I always enjoyed going to his class. I have had many influences through my musical experiences but he provided a lot of the glue that held them together over the years. He will be missed by all that he touched.
    A donation in his honor has been made to W.O. Smith Music School.
    Steve Douglas, Donelson Jr. High Band 1973-74

  8. Bill Wiggins
    May 25, 2014 7:08 pm

    Bucky was playing in the Nashville Symphony when I joined in 1967. He was a great spirit and a musical inspiration, always cheerful and smiling. I am grateful to have known him.

  9. Kristi Greer Harris
    May 25, 2014 10:59 pm

    Jan-so sorry to hear about your Dad. I didn’t know him, but I know how special Fathers are and I know you will miss him terribly. And what a great tribute in just the few comments I have already read-he influenced many over the years with his teaching and music. We never forget those special teachers and people that influence us when it comes to our passions in life such as music. My thoughts are with you and your family in this great loss…
    Kristi

  10. Ronnie Allsbrooks
    May 27, 2014 9:22 am

    Great memories of Mr. Doster as my band director at East Junior High.

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