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
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.