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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Ray James
Inducted in 2015

Ray James is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Murray State University and his Masters of Music Education degree from Wichita State University. Ray's 49 years of leadership and expertise in music education includes teaching at the elementary, junior high, high school, and collegiate levels. He was founder and first conductor of the Valley Winds, an adult community band in Temecula, California. Ray has taught in Florida, Oklahoma, California, and Kansas. During his 36-years of service in Kansas, he taught 19 years in the public schools of Hutchinson and Buhler and 17 years at Baker University.

Ray's bands consistently received superior ratings at the KMEA Large Group Festivals. His Hutchinson Central Jr. High Band was chosen to perform at the 1972 Southwest MENC Convention in Wichita, Kansas, and his Buhler High School Symphonic Winds were chosen to perform at the KMEA In-Service Workshops on two occasions. The Buhler Symphonic Winds were selected to perform at the 1979 Southwestern Division, Music Educators National Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Ray served as Director of Bands, Professor of Music Education, Low Brass Studies, and Jazz History at Baker University. It was there he realized his dream; to teach and mentor future music educators. During his tenure he initiated active outreach programs to Kansas and Missouri Band Directors through an annual marching band festival, a high school jazz festival, and a high school honor band festival. Ray was also granted two opportunities to teach abroad: Harlaxton College in Grantham, United Kingdom in 2005 and Dundalk Institute of Technology, in Dundalk, Ireland in 2011. The partnership he formed with the Dundalk Institute of Technology is still active along with the jazz program he initiated. His groups performed for music programs throughout Kansas and his ensembles made three performing tours abroad (England in 2004, England/Ireland in 2008 and Ireland in 2014). Upon retirement, the Baker University Board of Trustees awarded Ray with the status of Professor Emeritus.

Ray served KMEA as District 6 Band Chairman, as State Jazz Chairman on two occasions, and as an advisor to the KMEA Board as Kansas Bandmasters Association President. He was also Kansas Iota Chapter Phi Beta Mu President on two occasions. Ray was a performer and staff member of the Clark Terry Jazz Camps at Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma. He has made numerous adjudicator, clinic, and guest conductor appearances throughout the Midwest and Southern California. Ray served as an active member of the Kansas Lions International Band Staff from 1979 to 1982. He also served as director of the Kansas State Lions State Band on four occasions, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2011. He was the 2011 recipient of the Kansas Bandmasters Association Outstanding Bandmasters Award.

Ray is an avid educational technology enthusiast. He actively tested and incorporated the integration of key music-education and composition software packages into his practice, established music technology-related courses at Baker University and developed and delivered Jazz History Online, one of the first online courses to be offered on and off campus.

Ray's "be the best you can be" approach in all that you do has touched many young lives over his 49-year career in music education. Several are music directors in Kansas today, others are performers, but, more importantly, a much larger majority of those students learned to enjoy an appreciation for music and are more actively involved in music today because of that association. That, alone, is enough to continue to promote the importance of music in education!