Paul Noble


Paul Noble ’56 (Bachelor of Music Education) recently launched a newly redesigned website to share his esteemed music arrangements for band with a catalog featuring more than 300 titles. It was professionally designed with an array of helpful components, including features to display bands from around the world, FAQs, reviews from customers around the world in multiple languages, music that can be accessed in different ways, concert ideas and more. Visit to learn more and explore.

Noble ’56 received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2012. After his schooling at Shenandoah, Noble became the instrumental and choral music instructor at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia. There, he developed an award-winning music program that culminated with a 30-day European concert tour for students. In 1965, Noble founded the All-Student Band, U.S.A., which was an annual select ensemble that performed summer concert tours in Europe. This later expanded to include chorus, orchestra and jazz groups. Noble became the director of bands and the chair of the Instrumental Division at Shenandoah. During his tenure, he founded the Shenandoah Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and enrollment of Shenandoah Conservatory grew from 90 to over 500 music majors. Colleagues believe the famous All-Student Band that Noble developed gave Shenandoah Conservatory the exposure it needed and enhanced student recruitment. In 1975/76, Governor Mills Godwin selected Noble to create and conduct the 500-member Virginia Bicentennial Marching Band and Chorus for the 200th anniversary of the nation. After excelling in music and understanding the patterns of travel, Noble became the co-founder of Educational Tour Consultants, Inc., which created concert and special interest tours worldwide for travelers. He currently is a self-employed professional arranger, owner and creator of an online publishing business. In every aspect of his career, Noble has made his goal to be the best and influence the most people. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for Service to the University because of his great influence and impact on Shenandoah.