MSU mourns death of Professor L. Curtis Hammond


Morehead State Associate Professor of Music Dr. L. Curtis “Curt” Hammond passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27 at Baptist Health in Lexington.   

Born May 23, 1962, in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was the son of Larry Clinton and Joan Marie Huls Hammond of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Abby Hammond and Meghan Hammond, both of Morehead, and their mother, Cathy Hammond of Morehead. Other survivors include one brother, Robert “Bob” Hammond of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; one sister, Pammy Bates of Estelline, South Dakota and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.   

Hammond taught in the Department of Music, Theatre and Dance at MSU since 1993. He received the Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University, the Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska. In addition to teaching horn at Morehead State, Hammond also taught graduate courses and music theory, sight-singing and music listening courses. He conducted the MSU Horn Ensemble and was a member of the MSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, The Baird Winds and the MSU Faculty Brass Quintet, the Horizon Brass Quintet.   

He performed in the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, The New Sousa Band, New Colombia Brass Band, Florida Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Albany (GA) Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra. Hammond also performed with numerous musicians including Barry Tuckwell, The American Horn Quartet, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Watts, Anna Moffo, Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Billy Taylor, Charlton Heston, Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville, Melissa Manchester, Sheena Easton, Roberta Flack and LeAnn Rimes. Hammond was also a board member and performer with the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra.   

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. L. Curtis Hammond Music Scholarship Fund, MSU Foundation, 150 University Blvd., P.O. Box 1887, Morehead, KY 40351, or online at