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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John W. Taylor
Inducted in 2016

John W. Taylor began his teaching career in Ohio and moved to Kansas in 1989 after finishing his PhD at Ohio State University. John has been Professor of Music and the Director of Bands at Friends University for 27 years. Dr. Taylor supervises music education candidates from Friends, teaches music education classes, instrumental literature and methods, conducting and applied tuba. He is also the advisor for the NAfME Collegiate Chapter at Friends, where the chapter has received multiple citations for growth over the years with many of his students serving in statewide leadership roles for the organization.

John's service to the profession has touched every corner of this state. He has been KMEA President, Southwestern Division President, and since taking over the role of Executive Director for KMEA in 2002 after Don Corbett retired, he has put his own personal stamp on the behind the scenes machinery that makes KMEA run. John has been highly involved in writing and rewriting the Kansas Music Curriculum. He was named Kansas Outstanding Bandmaster by KBA in 2012.

Former KMEA President and Southwestern Division President Gayle McMillen says, "As a teacher, as an organizer, as a leader, as a friend, John pours his heart and his energy into every encounter." Former KMEA President Jean Ney says "I met John when I was a fledgling KMEA District President and John was the KMEA President-Elect, and I could tell that his sharp mind and quick wit coupled with his articulate and passionate nature were going to be good fits for the role he was about to assume. Little did John realize, though, that his role as KMEA State President was his gateway drug of choice."

Former KMEA President Dee Hansen says, "KMEA is an amazing family of strong, determined and forward thinking educators whose support of each other and love of music transcends any organizational entity I have ever encountered. When John took the reins, this cohesion further solidified and the vision of what music educators could accomplish in a single state continued to strengthen.

John's nomination comes from all of the KMEA Presidents who have served in some capacity with John. A common thread appearing throughout the nomination letters was (1.) how exhilarated and yet overwhelmed each felt when elected; (2.) how the "sit down" meeting with John after the election was one of the most terrifying moments of their life; and (3.) at the end of the meeting, every one of us absolutely knew that we would succeed because John Taylor had our back.