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
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2000
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2001
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2001
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2001
Rudolf E. Radocy
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2001
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2002
David E. Circle
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2002
Melbern W. Nixon
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2002
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2004
Marilyn Foree
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2005
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2005
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Robert Lee
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2009
Gayle McMillen
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2009
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2010
Steve E. Eubank
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2010
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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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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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John Huber
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2014
Walter "Bud" Meisel
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2014
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Ray James
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Arthur Jay Steinberg
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2016
Kathlyn M. Lindberg
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2016
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Holly Taylor
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2016
John W. Taylor
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2017
Terry J. Barham
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2017
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John Jay Selzer
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T. Jeffrey Anderson
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2018
Avian R. Bear
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2018
William Clausing
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Gerald Gipson
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2019
John M. Buehler
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2019
Donald B. Farthing
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2019
Debra Hedden
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Donald B. Farthing
Inducted in 2019

After graduation from high school in Oklahoma City and Muskogee, Oklahoma, Don graduated in 1962 from Northeastern State University with a BME. He and his wife Carole moved to Baldwin City, KS to begin his teaching career. After 3 years, they moved to Emporia where Don completed an MS in Music. Subsequently they moved to Ulysses for 11 years where the HS band program grew from 66 members to 145 members in 1977. The next stop was Independence where the band also grew from 63 students to a top of 127 members. During his tenure at Independence, Don earned an EdS in School Administration in 1985. In 2000-01 Don became the interim Band director for Dodge City Schools.

Bands under the direction of Don appeared in 1978, 1971, 1986, and 1990 at the KMEA In-Service Workshop. The band in Independence also appeared at the Fiesta Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Blue Bonnet Bowl, as well as numerous festivals in Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri. Over the years, concert and marching bands under his direction have consistently received Superior ratings. Don also served as director of the All Kansas International Lions Band from 1996 to 2002.

Don was a member of the High Plains Band Staff for 18 years and over the years he served as adjudicator, clinician, and mentor to educators at various levels. He volunteered to work with private students and also volunteered for the KSU Concert Band Clinic.

Locally, Don organized the Neewollah Marching Festival which completed its 40th year of marching competition in 2018. During the summer he conducted the Mid-Continent band and in the fall he directed 10 musicals for the Neewollah Festival. In 2004 Don served as the Generalissimo for the Neewollah Festival.

Don served as President of Kansas Bandmasters Association, having been a founding member in 1974. He was a KMEA district president four times and also served as State Festival Band Chairman for two years. He holds memberships in NAfME, Kansas Bandmasters, Phi Beta Mu, and Life NEA. In 2009, Don was selected as the Outstanding Bandmaster in Kansas by KBA and Phi Beta Mu. Presently he teaches privately, enjoys rose gardening as well as biking with friends.