KMEA Hall of Fame
1975
Frank A. Beach
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1975
Walter J. Duerksen
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1975
E. Thayer Gaston
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1975
Henry Edward Malloy
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1975
Russell L. Wiley
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1976
Albert W. Hodges
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1976
Harold G. Palmer
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1977
Gerald M. Carney
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1977
James L. Kerr
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1977
Kenneth Thompson
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1978
William G. Altimari
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1978
J. Milford Crabb
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1978
Arthur G. Harrell
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1978
N. Voss Napier
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1978
Robert Senner
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1978
Catharine Strouse
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1979
Wayne Snodgrass
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1979
Ross O. Williams
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1980
Howard B. Harms
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1980
F. Robert Hollowell
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1980
Grace V. Wilson
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1981
William H. Beck
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1981
Elmer L. Snell
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1981
Les Sperling
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1982
James Ceasar
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1982
James P. Robertson
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1982
Joseph J. Weigand
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1983
Matt Betton
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1983
Jessie Lillian Clark
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1983
Genevieve F. Hargiss
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1983
Leoti Hall Newland
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1984
Howard Ellis
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1984
Curt Engwicht
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1985
Paul Chilen
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1985
David T. Lawson
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1985
Ralph Wallingford
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1986
J. Abbie Clarke Hogan
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1986
Markwood Holmes
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1986
Herbert C. Richert
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1987
Dale P. Creitz
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1987
August S. Trollman
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1987
Joyce Wentz
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1988
Howard Halgedahl
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1989
Wendell L. Hodges
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1989
Clayton H. Krehbiel
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1989
E. Edwin Moyers
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1990
Lyle Dilley
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1991
Kenneth B. Tebow
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1991
Paul W. Wohlgemuth
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1992
William H. Stoskopf
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1993
Ed Craig
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1993
Forrest Davidson
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1994
Gary Fletcher
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1994
James L. Hardy
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1995
Harold A. Decker
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1995
Marilyn Killian
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1996
Cecil J. Riney
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1996
Norma Jean Seaton
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1996
Dan Zollars
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1997
Donald Corbett
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1997
James S. Ralston
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1998
Larry J. Harris
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1999
Floyd Carl Hedberg
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1999
Robert A. Steinbauer
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2000
Phyllis Glass
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2000
Joe Graves
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2000
Vernon Nicholson
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2001
Harrison Boughton
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2001
Ray Linder
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2001
Rudolf E. Radocy
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2001
David S. Stuewe
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2002
David E. Circle
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2002
Melbern W. Nixon
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2002
Larry R. Williams
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2003
George N. Heller
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2004
Marilyn Foree
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2005
John Albertson
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2005
Edwin E. Bartley
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2005
Vaughn A. Lippoldt
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2006
Dwight Beckham
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2006
Cliff Manning
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2006
Ken Shaheen
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2007
Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass
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2007
Robert Lee
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2009
Gayle McMillen
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2009
Melvin "Bud" Schuette
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2010
Steve E. Eubank
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2010
Kenneth Forsyth
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2010
Robert Foster
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2010
David Gish
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2011
Jack Samuel Ballard
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2011
Suzanne "Sam" Stricklin
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2012
Daniel Commerford
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2012
Marlin Cooper
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2012
Janeal Crabb Krehbiel
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2013
William "Bill" Lilley
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2013
Victor R. Sisk
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2013
David K. Will
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2014
Dana Hamant
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2014
John Huber
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2014
Walter "Bud" Meisel
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2014
Jean Severance Ney
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2015
Ray James
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2015
Arthur Jay Steinberg
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2016
Kathlyn M. Lindberg
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2016
Texanna Ollenberger
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2016
Holly Taylor
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2016
John W. Taylor
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2017
Terry J. Barham
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2017
Elaine Denise Bernstorf
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2017
Patricia Lee Harry
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2017
Marion King Roberts
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2017
John Jay Selzer
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Robert Foster
Inducted in 2010

Robert E. Foster is Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, where he served as Director of Bands for 31 years beginning in 1971. He is also the conductor and musical director of the award winning Lawrence City Band. His KU Symphonic Band performed at numerous national and regional conventions, including performances and clinics for Music Educators National Conference, the American Bandmasters Association, College Band Directors National Association, and others. The KU Symphonic Band under Foster performed at more MENC conventions than any other group under the same conductor. He continues an active career as a guest conductor, adjudicator, author, composer, arranger, and editor, and has conducted or adjudicated in 37 different states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Singapore, and throughout Europe.

Foster is Vice President of the John Philip Sousa Foundation, and is former President of the American Bandmasters Association, the National Band Association, the Southwest Division of the College Band Directors National Association, and the Big Twelve Conference Band Directors Association. He also served as Chairman of the North American Band Directors Coordinating Committee. Foster has been actively involved in the promotion and performances of music by John Philip Sousa, and he worked with The Instrumentalist magazine as guest editor to produce their Sousa Sesquicentennial issue in November, 2004.

In 1988 he was selected as the Kansas Bandmasters Association Bandmaster of the year. In 1989 his KU Marching Band was the 7th band to be awarded the Sudler Trophy for Intercollegiate Marching Bands. In 2001 he was awarded the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award. In 2006 he was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame for Distinguished Conductors. In 2007 he was presented an Award of Distinction from the Women Band Directors International organization for exceptional support toward women in the band movement, and was selected as the recipient of the 2010 International Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster Award.

He has written several books, including: Multiple-Option Marching Band Techniques, and Championship Auxiliary Units, published by Alfred Publishing Co.; Practical Hints For Playing the Cornet or Trumpet, published by Belwin Publishing Co.; and My First Arban , book I and book II (a method book for brass instruments), published by Carl Fischer, Inc. He has written numerous articles for The Instrumentalist magazine as well as for other band/music publications, and has several hundred publications of music for bands or for band instruments. He is editor of the "Authenticated Fillmore Editions" of band works by Henry Fillmore, published by Carl Fischer, and he serves as Educational Consultant to Wingert-Jones Music Publications.

Foster grew up in Texas where his father was a prominent high school band director, and where he was a product of the band movement in Texas. He played in All-District and All-Regional Bands, and he played in seven consecutive TMEA All-State Bands, 1951-1957, before there were restrictions on how early one could audition for those groups. Upon graduating from the University of Texas he taught at O. Henry Junior High School in Austin, and Lamar High School in Houston before joining the faculty of the University of Florida as trumpet teacher, and assistant band director. Foster and his wife Becky have three children, Becky Egan, Rob Foster, Jr., and Randy. He and Becky live in Lawrence, Kansas.