Bio Summaries

Frank A. Beach
Class of 1975

Frank A. Beach studied at Syracuse University and took a bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan in 1895. He took a position at the Kansas State Normal School in 1908. He was active in music appreciation and taught music listening. He originated state-wide music contests in 1915. He was president of the Music Supervisors National Conference in 1922. He is cited in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and is a member of the MENC Hall of Fame.

Walter J. Duerksen
Class of 1975

Walter J. Duerksen took his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Wichita in 1931 and his master’s from Northwestern in 1937. He studied at Columbia and Juilliard. He taught in public schools before joining the faculty at the University of Wichita as director of bands, director of the School of Music, and dean of the School of Fine Arts. He was a member of MENC, KMEA, Phi Mu Alpha, MTNA, and the Wichita Symphony Society Board, Fine Arts Council, and Community Theatre Board.

E. Thayer Gaston
Class of 1975

E. Thayer Gaston took his bachelor’s degree from Sterling College in 1935. He joined the faculty at The University of Kansas in 1936 and later took his Ph.D. there. He chaired the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy. He authored numerous articles in professional journals. He served on the MENC national committee on music therapy, the editorial committee, and the Journal of Research in Music Education. He is cited in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and is a member of the MENC Hall of Fame.

Henry Edward Malloy
Class of 1975

Henry Edward Malloy graduated from the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia in 1896. He taught in public schools in Emporia and Hutchinson and joined the faculty at Bethany College in Lindsborg in 1902. He joined the faculty at the Fort Hays Normal School in 1914 and took a bachelor’s degree there in 1917. Thereafter he studied privately in Chicago and in Berlin, Germany. While at Hays, he directed the community chorus and sponsored singing festivals at the college.

Russell L. Wiley
Class of 1975

Russell L. Wiley was a band director at Simmons College and an instructor at Randolph College. He took his bachelor’s degree in music from Phillips University in 1930 and remained there as band director until 1934. He then joined the staff at The University of Kansas, where he served as director of bands, conductor of the orchestra, and founder of the Midwestern Music and Art Camp. He had wide experience as an adjudicator and guest conductor including appearances with the San Antonio Symphony and the Mexico City Orchestra.

Albert W. Hodges
Class of 1976

Albert W. Hodges taught music at Jamestown, Attica, and Cullison prior to serving as an Army Air Force Band Directorduring World War II. He then taught in Kearney, NE (1946-55) before teaching at Southwestern College in Winfield (1955-73). He was state chairman for Collegiate MENC and was CBDNA Kansas state chairman. He has been active in Phi Beta Mu and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Harold G. Palmer
Class of 1976

Harold G. Palmer founded the High Plains Band Camp in 1947. A native of Hays, he earned degrees at Fort Hays State Teachers College. After graduation in 1933, he taught in Hill City and Ellinwood. In 1943, he went to Fort Hays State Teachers College, where he directed the band and taught woodwinds. He has written articles for Instrumentalist, World of Music, and the Kansas Music Review. He has served as president of KMEA and Phi Beta Mu. His other professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Delta Kappa.

Gerald M. Carney
Class of 1977

Gerald M. Carney was professor in music education at The University of Kansas for twenty-nine years, retiring in 1974. Carney developed many performers who went on to play professionally. At KUhe taught instrumental methods, private and class brass, and supervised student teachers. He was associate director of the Midwestern Music and Art Camp and director of the camp orchestra. He organized the Lawrence Light Opera Guild and served as its musical director for many years. He was president of KMEA from 1968 to 1970.

James L. Kerr
Class of 1977

James L. Kerr was professor of music, director of bands, and chair of the Wind and Percussion Department at Wichita State University from 1946 to 1970. He was district governor of Kappa Kappa Psi, President of Phi Beta Mu, a member of CBDNA, and elected to the American Bandmaster’s Association. He studied at the Royal Military School of music in Twinckenham, England, where studiedBritish military and brass bands. He served as an adjudicator and guest conductor in numerous states, Canada, and England.

Kenneth Thompson
Class of 1977

Kenneth Thompson taught elementary and junior high music in the Wichita schools and was director of bands and orchestras at Wichita East High School for eighteen years. He also served the Wichita schools as coordinator of instrumental music. He was a founding member of the KMEA and served as business manager for the Kansas Music Review for many years. He was state orchestra chair from 1959 to 1961 when the first KMEA festival groups were organized.

William G. Altimari
Class of 1978

William G. Altimari retired in 1956 after thirty years as an instrumental music teacher in the Atchison public schools. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Pittsburg State Teachers College in 1928. He completed his master’s degree at The University of Kansas in 1937. While in the Atchison schools, Altimari taught at the Mount Saint Scholastica College. He also conducted the community band for twenty-five years and directed the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a founder of the KMEA and served as its third president.

J. Milford Crabb
Class of 1978

J. Milford Crabb was director of music education in Kansas City, Kansas from 1946 to 1976. He graduated from high school in McPherson and received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Emporia State Teachers College in 1936. He did graduate work at The University of Michigan and The University of Kansas. He earned a master’s degree from KU in 1941 and his doctorate from UMKC in 1967. Dr. Crabb served the KMEA as president in 1951 and 1952 and was a director of the KMTA in 1949-50.

Arthur G. Harrell
Class of 1978

Authur G. Harrell took a bachelor’s degree from the U. of Northern Colorado and a master’s at the U. of Missouri in KC. He taught in Missouri before serving as director of music education for the Wichita publicschools. Harrell organized the Nebraska Bandmasters in 1928 and helped found the Nebraska MEA in 1932. He was President of the Nat’l School Band, Orchestra and Vocal Association and the Nat’l Interscholastic Music Activities Commission. He was president of the Southwestern Division of MENC from 1963-1965.

N. Voss Napier
Class of 1978

N. Voss Napier earned his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State Teachers College in 1930 and his master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1940. He was supervisor of music in Ellsworth from 1930 to 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and joined the faculty of Marymount College in Salina as instructor in 1947. He served the college for 22 years as chair of the music department and business manager. He was a charter member of KMEA, helping draft its constitution, and eventually served as KMEA president.

Robert Senner
Class of 1978

Robert Senner was a native of South Dakota. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethel College in 1942 and his master’s from Wichita State in 1951. He did graduate work at San Diego State University and at the University of Minnesota. He taught briefly at Fowler before moving to Buhler, where he taught for thirty-one years before retiring in 1974. He was a member of KMEA, MENC, NATS, and ACDA and was active as an adjudicator. He directed the choirs at the Buhler Mennonite Church and was president of the Mennonite Men’s Song Festival.

Catharine Strouse
Class of 1978

Catharine Strouse took a bachelor’s degree from the Minnesota State Normal School in Winona and her master’s from Northwestern University. She taught at Manitowoc and later at Wausaw, WI before joining the faculty at the Kansas State Normal School (ESU) where she taught from 1910 to 1949. She served as president of KMEA and the Southwestern Division of MENC. She was one of the first people in the country to teach music by radio. She served as guest lecturer at the University of California and at the University of Wisconsin.

Wayne Snodgrass
Class of 1979

Wayne Snodgrass was born in Council Grove and graduated from Salina High School. He took his bachelor’s degree and his master’s from Colorado State University in 1941. He taught in Netawake, Eskridge, and Hiawatha before moving to Clay Center in 1937. He taught in Clay Center for twenty years and directed the municipal band there as well. He was an early leader in the stage band movement.

Ross O. Williams
Class of 1979

Ross O. Williams took his bachelor’s degree at Southwestern College and master’s degree in violin performance from The U. of Michigan. He taught in the Dodge City public schools and at Dodge City Junior College. While teaching at Southwestern College, Williams played in the Wichita symphony, conducted the Winfield Oratorio Society, and was choir director at the First Presbyterian Church in Winfield. He spent many summers at the Aspen Festival. He was Kansas ASTA chair and member of NSOA, MTNA, KMTA, MENC, and KMEA.

Howard B. Harms
Class of 1980

Howard B. Harms took his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Kansas and first taught at Seneca. After a brief stint at Wamego, he entered the service. After serving in the South Pacific during World War II, he returned to Wamego. He moved to Dodge City in 1949 and was band director there until 1964. He directed the Lions Club State Band and the Dodge City Cowboy Band. He was active in the KMEA, MENC, Phi Beta Mu, NAJE, and the ASBDA.

F. Robert Hollowell
Class of 1980

F. Robert Hollowell graduated from Wichita North High School in 1937 and took his BME degree from Wichita State in 1946. He earned the MME degree from WSU in 1954. He taught strings in Hutchinson from 1946 to 1949 and instrumental music in the Wichita schools from 1949 to 1970. From 1970 to 1979 he was coordinator of instrumental music for the Wichita Public Schools. Hollowell served the KMEA as president from 1959 to 1961. For many years he served the KMEA as its executive secretary.

Grace V. Wilson
Class of 1980

Grace V. Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree from William Woods College and master’s degree at Northwestern University. She was supervisor of music in Topeka and later in Wichita. She was a co-author of the American Singer series and composed many songs in that series. She served the MENC as a secretary and was on the Editorial Board, the Research Council, and the Executive Board. She was an organizer, charter member, and later president of KMEA. She also served as president of the Southwestern Division of the MENC.

William H. Beck
Class of 1981

William H. Beck began teaching in 1935 and taught in Monument, Winchester, Valley Falls, and Colby. He taught in the public schools as well as Colby Community College from 1943 until his retirement in 1978. Mr. Beck holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kansas. His professional affiliations include KMEA, MENC, KBA, Western Plains Art Council, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Beta Mu. He has published articles in the Instrumentalist and the Kansas Music Review, and composed the march, “The Midwesterner.”

Elmer L. Snell
Class of 1981

Elmer L. Snell served music education in the State of Kansas for 38 years. He has a bachelor’s degree from Sterling College and did graduate work at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, and Emporia State University. He spent three years in the Army Air Corps. Snell began teaching in Alden, and then spent three years in Sylvan Grove. For 22 years, he taught band and choral music in Larned. He was active in community work and served the KMEA as state choral chair. He also belonged to KBA, MENC, KNEA, and Phi Beta Mu.

Les Sperling
Class of 1981

Les Sperling spent 33 years in music education at Inman, Hillsboro, and McPherson. He holds a BME degree from the University of Kansas and took his master’s at Wichita State. He served on the McPherson Arts Council, Symphony Board, Community Brass Choir, KMEA, MENC, NAJE, NEA, KNEA, Phi Mu Alpha, and KBA. He was the first conductor of the McPherson Community Orchestra and served on the staffs of the High Plains Music Camp at Hays and the Midwestern Music and Art Camp at the University of Kansas.

James Ceasar
Class of 1982

James Caesar received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland institute of Music in 1940. He took a second bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1947 and a master’s degree there in 1949. He was a member of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. In 1949 he took a position as professor of violin and chair of the string division at Wichita State University. He was concertmaster of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. He served as advisor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and president of Kansas ASTA.

James P. Robertson
Class of 1982

James P. Robertson took his bachelor’s degree from Drury College and his master’s from Columbia University. He taught in Springfield, MO and conducted the Springfield Civic Symphony before coming to Wichita in 1949. From 1949 to 1973, Robertson was professor of music and director of the WSU Symphony Orchestra. He also conducted the Wichita Youth Symphony. He did guest conducting with orchestras in Dallas, San Antonio, Buffalo, Miami, the Interlochen Arts Academy, andOberlin College.

Joseph J. Weigand
Class of 1982

J. J. “Joe” Weigand attended Emporia State Teachers College and took his master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Kansas. Weigand taught in public schools before taking positions at Chanute Community College and Emporia State University. He served as secretary for the KMEA and for many years was editor of the Kansas Music Review. He was a prolific writer on music education and served as a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education.

Matt Betton
Class of 1983

Matt Betton, widely known composer and arranger is one of the founders of the National Association of Jazz Educators. He served the organization as executive director and publications editor. In addition to work as a jazz Adjudicator and clinician, Mr. Betton has written the Standardization of State Band Articulation. He is a founder of the Stan Kenton Summer Jazz Clinics and the National Stage Band Camp Inc. He is a co-author of the Take One series of elementary instrumental music methods.

Jessie Lillian Clark
Class of 1983

Jessie Lillian Clark taught in New Yorkfrom 1887 to 1892, when she became music supervisor of the Wichita Public Schools. She organized a high school chorus in 1893, a high school orchestra and mandolin club in 1899. Miss Clark was active in the Music Department of the Kansas State Teachers Association, serving as its chair in 1903. She was secretary pro-tem of the Music Education Department of NEA in 1912. Ms. Clark was one of the organizers and founders of the Music Supervisors National Conference at Keokuk, Iowa in 1907.

Genevieve F. Hargiss
Class of 1983

Genevieve F. Hargiss earned a bachelor’s degree in 1933, a master’s in 1937 and a Ph.D in 1960, all from The University of Kansas. She was professor in music education at the Arizona State University from 1946 to 1953. She taught briefly at the University of Montana and from 1956 to 1982 was professor in music education at The University of Kansas. She wrote Music for Elementary Teachers and numerous articles in professional journals. She is listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and Leaders in Education.

Leoti Hall Newland
Class of 1983

Leoti Hall Newland was born in New Albany and attended public school in Neodesha. She attended Pittsburg State Teachers College and Southwestern College. Her first teaching position was in Edna, and in 1931 she took a position in Winfield, where she remained for the rest of her career.

Howard Ellis
Class of 1984

Howard Ellis was born in Toledo, Ohio. He took his bachelor’s degree in music education from Albion College and the Masters and Doctoral degrees from The University of Michigan. He taught at the Shenandoah Conservatory, Grinnell College, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and at Wichita State University. He was director of the summer choir at WSU and became chair of the music education department in 1955. He was director of the School of Music, and served as assistant dean and associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Curt Engwicht
Class of 1984

Curt Engwicht was born in Germany and began studying piano and violin at the age of ten. He came to the United States in 1925 and earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Bethany College in Lindsborg. He took his master’s degree from The University of Kansas in 1943. He taught in Chapman for 25 years and from 1959 to 1971 taught in Salina. In 1978 he was awarded a citation from the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs, and in 1981 he was honored as a “Friend of the Orchestra” by the Salina Public Schools.

Paul Chilen
Class of 1985

Paul R. Chilen began his involvement in school music after 1903 when he was teaching vocational agriculture in Solomon, Kansas. During the Great Depression, Mr. Chilen became involved in teaching music to members of the community and eventually led the instrumental music program in the public school. He studied violin, and many of his students received favorable notices at annual music contests. Chilen was active in organizing the Future Farmers of America Show Band.

David T. Lawson
Class of 1985

David T. Lawson graduated from Baker University in 1921 and began teaching in Fellsburg. The next year, he moved east as a music teacher in Altamont. He was active in the contest movement in the 1920’s. He joined Earl McCray in a move to Fort Scott, where he organized a vocal music program for the junior and senior highs, as well as at the junior college. He taught in El Dorado before going to Topeka High School, where he closed out his teaching career. Lawson was a founder and the first president of KMEA.

Ralph Wallingford
Class of 1985

Ralph Wallingford graduated from Bethany College, where he performed the first trumpet parts for the annual Messiah production. He began his professional career in Oklahoma as an instrument music teacher. In 1932, Wallingford took a teaching position in El Dorado, a tenure that lasted until 1967. He was instrumental instructor in the elementary and junior high school and directed bands and orchestra at the high school and junior college.

J. Abbie Clarke Hogan
Class of 1986

J. Abbie Clarke Hogan studied violin at the Royal Hochschule in Berlin and with Bernhard Listemann at the Chicago Musical College. In 1869 she organized a high school orchestra in Junction City. In 1898 she devoted herself to private teaching and solo appearances. As a concert artist she performed with major symphony orchestras. In 1905 she returned to an active role in school music with KSTA, KMTA, and the MSNC. She worked tirelessly to assist promising young musicians across the state.

Markwood Holmes
Class of 1986

Markwood Holmes began his teaching career in 1919 at the Horner Institute of Fine Arts in Kansas City, MO, and later at the Kansas City Conservatory. In 1929 he joined the KC Philharmonic. Starting in the 1940s he taught at Fort Scott JH as well as Pittsburg State. After his retirement, he continued teaching at Fort Scott Comm.College until 1976. Holmes was named Kansas Composer of the Year by the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Herbert C. Richert
Class of 1986

Herbert C. Richert helped produce the first English-language hymnal for the Mennonite Brethren Church of N. America. He began teaching in 1920. In 1929, he was supervisor of music in Hillsboro. From 1935 to 1960, he chaired the music department at Tabor College, earning a master’s from Emporia State in 1955. Retiring from Tabor in 1966, he taught another 5 years in Moscow, KS. He was a charter member of the Choral Conductors Guild of America, and served as editor of Young People’s Sacred Songs.

Dale P. Creitz
Class of 1987

Dale P. Creitz took a master’s degree from The University of Kansas, with additional graduate studies at Emporia State, Pittsburg State, UMKC and the Eastman School. Creitz began his career in 1935 at Strong City, teaching band, choir, and orchestra. In 1943 he settled in Iola teaching band, orchestra, theory, and class piano in the public school and at the community college. He also organized and directed the community band, the symphony, the community theater orchestra, and hosted his own radio show.

August S. Trollman
Class of 1987

August S. Trollman graduated from high school in 1930. He took his bachelor’s degree from Emporia State Teachers College, did graduate work at The University of Kansas, Western State Teachers College in Colorado, and Southwestern College. He began teaching in Fairview in 1934 and later moved to Sedan. In 1945 he went to Arkansas City, where he spent thirty years until his retirement. He also directed community bands and orchestras. From 1967 until 1975, he taught at the junior college in Arkansas City.

Joyce Wentz
Class of 1987

Joyce Wentz took both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from The University of Kansas. She did additional work at the U. of Iowa, Columbia Conservatory, and the Christensen Choral School. She went to Atchison in 1924, where she taught for 39 years. She also taught at Mount Saint Scholastica and was a guest instructor at KU and Marymount College. She pioneered handbells in schools and directed her church choir for 33 years. The Joyce Wentz Memorial Scholarship at KU continues her influence on students and on music education.

Howard Halgedahl
Class of 1988

Howard Halgedahl received his bachelor’s degree from the U. of Arizona and finished a master’s degree at the Eastman School. During WWII he served in the Army AF Band in DC. He became an associate professor of music theory and bassoon at Wichita State and was assistant conductor of the Wichita Symphony and Youth Symphony. In 1950, Halgedahl became supervisor of music at Winfield. He alsotaught at Interlochen. In 1972, he joined the faculty at Emporia State, where he performed with the Mid-America Woodwind Quintet.

Wendell L. Hodges
Class of 1989

Wendell L. Hodges served in the Army Air Corps, after which he completed a bachelor’s degree in music ed. at Southwestern College. He earned a master’s from Wichita State. He taught vocal and instrumental music in Atlanta, Little River, Anthony, and Chaparral HS until retiring in 1987. Hodges was involved with the Lions State and International Band. He served as president of KMEA District VI, the first state band chair of KMEA, president and executive secretary of the Kansas Band Masters Association, and Kansas chair of the ASBDA.

Clayton H. Krehbiel
Class of 1989

Clayton H. Krehbiel earned a master’s degree at Columbia University. For 17 years he was director of choral activities at The University of Kansas. He was honored as the first recipient of the prestigious HOPE Award. In 1966, Krehbiel became director of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus, was director of choral activities at Kent State, and served as coordinator of the vocal division of the Blossom Music Center. In 1971, he was appointed director of choral activities at Florida State.

E. Edwin Moyers
Class of 1989

E. Edwin Moyers studied at the U. of Cincinnati and the Julliard School. In 1949, he went to Texas A&I-Kingsville, started a string program in the Kingsville schools, played in the Corpus Christi Symphony, and organized and conducted the Kingsville Civic Orchestra. After joining Fort Hays State, he organized the Western Kansas Orchestra Festival, managing it for 26 years until his retirement in 1987. While at Fort Hays, Moyers conducted the College-Community Orchestra.

Lyle Dilley
Class of 1990

Lyle Dilley, professor of music at Fort Hays State University, completed high school at Wichita North and his college education at Wichita State University with a bachelor’s degree in 1948 and a master’s degree in music education in 1957. He taught vocal and instrumental music at Belle Plaine and Wellington before becoming director of bands and low brass instructor at Fort Hays State College in 1961. He has served the KMEA as president, and has been active in MENC, NBA, and KBA.

Kenneth B. Tebow
Class of 1991

Kenneth B. Tebow served in the military during WWII, conducting and playing in bands. His teaching began in Skidmore, MO, followed by ten years at Chanute. His teaching in the Shawnee Mission Schools included 15 years as orchestra director at Shawnee Mission East, where his orchestra grew from five players to two orchestras. Tebow’s orchestras have performed at KMEA and MENC division conventions. Tebow held several offices in KMEA and was on the KC Youth Symphony Board.

Paul W. Wohlgemuth
Class of 1991

Paul W. Wohlgemuth taught at Tabor College and Biola College and earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1956. He returned to Tabor College as head of the music department in 1960. During his 16 years at Tabor, the music department received NASM accreditation. The Tabor College Choir, under Wohlgemuth’s direction, performed for several KMEA conventions, at the World’s Fair, the U.S. Capitol, and in Romania. In 1976, Wohlgemuth became coordinator of church music at Oral Roberts University.

William H. Stoskopf
Class of 1992

William H. Stoskopf taught in McCune, Fort Scott, and Bonner Springs. Stoskopf was instrumental music teacher at Rosedale High School in Kansas City for 20 years, and then spent 14 years as Coordinator of Instrumental Music for the Kansas City Schools. He was twice district president for KMEA. Stoskopf received an award for 25 years of outstanding musical service from the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs, the Sigma Alpha Iota Friends of the Arts Award, and was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in Dodge City.

Ed Craig
Class of 1993

Ed Craig taught 30 years as director of the instrumental music program at Kingman. His band program grew from 40 to over 275 musicians, and was invited to perform for many special clinics and workshops throughout Kansas and the Midwest. Craig served as state chairman for the ASBDA, state president for Phi Beta Mu, state president of KBA, and board member for KMEA. He received the KBA-Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Band Director Award and honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi.

Forrest Davidson
Class of 1993

Forrest Davidson taught at Hays, Topeka West, Salina South, and Washburn Rural High Schools. While at Topeka West, he conducted four three-week European Concert Tours. He has sung with and directed the Hays Community Chorus, the Topeka Symphony Chorus, the Salina Chorale, and KSU Summer Musicals. Davidson was a member of ACDA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, KMEA, NEA, and Phi Delta Kappa. He received the KsACDA Harry Robert Wilson Award in 1975.

Gary Fletcher
Class of 1994

Gary Fletcher was assistant director of the Sixth Armored Division Band in the Army. He then played horn with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Fletcher taught in Norwich, Kiowa, Andover, and 19 years in Newton. Heplayed horn with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Fletcher taught 13 years in Wichita and was director of bands and orchestras at Pleasant Valley Middle School. Fletcher conducted the Newton Civic Orchestra and the Camerata Musica in Wichita. His bands and orchestras have performed for KMEA conventions.

James L. Hardy
Class of 1994

James L. Hardy received his B.S. from Southwest Missouri State and MME and Doctorate in Music Ed. from the University of Kansas. Hardy taught in Willow Springs and Ava, Arkansas before teaching 12 years at Robinson Middle School in Wichita. From 1965 to 1994, Hardy was Director of Music Education at Wichita State University. He served as editor for the Kansas Music Review for over 25 years and was on the MENC National Council of State Editors, holding the position of chair for two years.

Harold A. Decker
Class of 1995

Harold A. Decker taught at Hawarden, Iowa, then taught 14 years as head of the voice and choral departments at Wichita University. While in Wichita, he became the first director of the Wichita Choral Society and the Wichita Symphony Chorus. In 1957, Decker became Choral Chairman at the U. of Illinois. Decker has served as president of ACDA, received the ACDA Distinguished Service Award, and was presented the Distinguished Conductor Award at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Fontainbleau, France.

Marilyn Killian
Class of 1995

Marilyn Killian taught 24 years in Wichita public schools, and also at Bethel College, Wichita State University, and Friends University. She is the founding director of the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, and directed children’s choirs for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. She held state and national offices in KMEA, ACDA, and SAI. She was awarded the Citation for Outstanding Music Service from the Kansas Federated Music Club, and she was the first woman to receive the KsACDA Harry Robert Wilson Award.

Cecil J. Riney
Class of 1996

Cecil J. Riney served for over 35 years as Chairman of the Fine Arts Division and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at Friends University. He has conducted with Wichita Choral Society and the Wichita Symphony Chorus, including a performance in Carnegie hall. His Symphonic Choir the “Singing Quakers,” have appeared at state and national music conventions, and have toured throughout the world. Riney served as president of KsACDA and was also a recipient of the Harry Robert Wilson award.

Norma Jean Seaton
Class of 1996

Norma Jean Seaton taught in Oswego, at Labette County High School, and in the Parsons Schools until 1991. She studied the Suzuki method of instruction, including a workshop with Dr. Suzuki. Seaton organized the “Parents for Talent Education” in Parsons, and sponsored the Japanese Children’s Tour Group to Parsons on two occasions. Seaton was the first public school teacher to be president of KsASTA, and initiated the Junior High String Romp at Rock Springs. She was national president of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

Dan Zollars
Class of 1996

Dan Zollars taught in Caldwell, then in Newton where he taught choral music and coached football. He then taught 25 years at Shawnee Mission East, teaching choral music, coaching football, and serving as Coordinator of the Division of Fine Arts. Zollars was president of KsACDA and held several positions in KMEA. His choirs performed at KMEA, KASB, and KMTA-KsACDA conventions.Zollars received the KsACDA Harry Robert Wilson Award.

Donald Corbett
Class of 1997

Donald Corbett’s forty years of teaching music in Kansas included 16 years in the public schools of Ashland, Haven, and Hutchinson, and 24 years at Wichita State University. Dr. Corbett served as KMEA President (71-73), KMEA Executive Director (91-01),MENC Southwestern Division President (79-81) and MENC National President (86-88). He served on 12 national committees for MENC. Dr. Corbett also conducted the Kansas Ambassadors of Music Band on European tours for 15 years.

James S. Ralston
Class of 1997

James S. Ralston served in the Navy from 1952 to 1956, taught choral music at Washington HS in Kansas City from 1956 to 1962, and was on faculty at The University of Kansas from 1962 until his retirement in 1994. He served as the Chair of the Department of Ensembles and the Director of the Choral Division. Choirs under Dr. Ralston’s direction performed at conventions of KMEA, MENC, ACDA, with the Kansas City Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and Wichita Symphony.

Larry J. Harris
Class of 1998

Larry J. Harris taught in Garden City (1962-1968), and then accepted an orchestra position with the Topeka schools (1968-1995). Under his direction the Topeka HS Orchestra performed twice at the KMEA ISW. Mr. Harris directed the Topeka Youth Symphony and co-founded and directed the Topeka Junior Orchestra. Mr. Harris was an active member of NSOA and ASTA. He served as KASTA President from 1990 to 1992 and was a frequent string clinician.

Floyd Carl Hedberg
Class of 1999

Floyd Carl Hedberg taught choral music and music education atWashburn University and chaired the music department. “Doc” was a well-known clinician, founder and conductor of the Topeka Symphony Chorus. In 1975, the Kansas Federation of Music Clubs named him Kansas Musician of the Year. In 1979, Washburn University gave him the Faculty Certificate of Merit Award. In 1992, Washburn students awarded him the Faculty Award for Outstanding Service. Following retirement, he received the Washburn University Distinguished Service Award.

Robert A. Steinbauer
Class of 1999

Robert A. Steinbauer held positions at South Carolina School for the Blind, Michigan University, Indiana University, Drury College, Wichita State University, and Kansas State University. Bob was President of KMEA and KMTA, nominated for President of Southwestern Division of MENC, and served as Keyboard Chair for two MENC Nat’l conferences. He founded the Manhattan Music Teachers Association, the Manhattan Arts Council, and the Rotary International Leadership Conference. His terms at WSU and KSU totaled over 25 years.

Phyllis Glass
Class of 2000

Phyllis Glass attended the Midwestern Music and Art Camp and later became a staff member. Ms. Glass taught band in Valley Falls for 1 year and spent 39 years in Shawnee Mission schools teaching band, developing a centralized music library and supervising music teachers. Phyllis played bassoon in the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and the Overland Park Band. She was president of KMEA District I, a member of the Kansas City Double Reed Society, Alpha Delta Kappa, and Mu Phi Epsilon.

Joe Graves
Class of 2000

Joe Graves taught 40 years total in Preston, Partridge, Ulysses, and Buhler. He served as band chairman and president of KMEA District VI. Mr. Graves is also a member of ASBDA, KBA, and Phi Beta Mu. He has been active in Hutchinson Community Concert Association, Hutchinson Municipal Band, Kansas Winds, Fort Hays High Plains Band Camp, and church music at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Hutchinson. Joe has presented numerous professional clinics and was named District VI Outstanding Elementary Teacher in 1997-1998.

Vernon Nicholson
Class of 2000

Vernon Nicholson taught 46 years in Geneseo, Wichita, and Goddard. Mr. Nicholson supervised many student teachers from Wichita State, Friends, Bethany College, and Emporia State. He served as State ACDA President, KMEA District VI President, and State KMEA President. Vernon directed the Kansas Ambassador of Music in European summer music tours for 29 years. Mr. Nicholson was the first person to receive the Harry Robert Wilson Award for outstanding contribution to the choral profession in Kansas.

Harrison Boughton
Class of 2001

Harrison Boughton was Professor and Director of Choral Music at Wichita State University for 39 years. His groups appeared at numerous state, regional, and national music conventions of KMEA, MENC, ACDA, and MTNA. Boughton made six extensive tours of Europe and South America with performing groups. In 1985, he was recipient of the Harry Robert Wilson Award in recognition of his contribution to choral music in Kansas.

Ray Linder
Class of 2001

Ray Linder taughtat Protection, Osborne, Russell, and Washburn Rural. In 1980, he became Education Program Specialist for the Kansas State Board of Education, where he served until retirement in 1994. He was active professionally in both KMEA and MENC. He was secretary of MENC’s National Council of State Supervisors of Music (1985-87), President of the Kansas Bandmasters Association (1976) and President of the Kansas Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Mu (1975). Linder also authored various articles for the Kansas Music Review.

Rudolf E. Radocy
Class of 2001

Rudolf Radocy taught 29 years at the University of Kansas. Hepublished extensively in major professional journals and authored 2 books. Psychological Foundations of Music Behavior, co-authored with J. David Boyle, is the definitive work in its field. He chaired the Editorial Committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education (1988-94). Numerous institutions and organizations have honored his work.

David S. Stuewe
Class of 2001

Davis S. Stuewe served in the United States Air Force and taught at Riley Rural HS and Norton. His bands performed at three In-Service Workshops. Stuewe received honors from KBA, Phi Beta Mu, and the Sousa Foundation. He was a 32 year member of the LeBlanc Advisory Board and co-director of the Kansas State Lion’s Band for 3 years. In 1998, the students of Norton Community HS began the Dave Stuewe Instrumental Music Education Scholarship in his honor.

David E. Circle
Class of 2002

David E. Circle taught instrumental music and served as District Music Coordinator and Director of Fine Arts for the Shawnee Mission schools for 34 years and then finished his career at Blue Valley as District Coordinating Teacher for Fine and Performing Arts and orchestra director at Blue Valley HS. His groups consistently received superior ratings and performed at KMEA and Southwestern Division MENC. He is a past president of KMEA, Southwestern Division MENC, and the Administrators Association of Shawnee Mission.

Melbern W. Nixon
Class of 2002

Melbern W. Nixon served in the 525th Army AF Band, taught band in OK, CA and NM, was Director of Instrumental Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State and Emporia State Universities. He directed the Symphonic Band at Emporia State for performances at KMEA, Southwest MENC and Southwest CBDNA. He served as President of Oklahoma MEA, Southwest CBDNA, and Kappa Kappa Psi. He was also elected to the OMEA and OK Bandmasters Halls of Fame. He taught the Emporia Municipal Band for eight years following his retirement.

Larry R. Williams
Class of 2002

Larry R. Williams taught for 35 years in Ottawa, Topeka, Lawrence, Winfield, and Kansas City as well as University of Kansas, Southwestern College, and Baker University. He was a member of the Kansas Air Nat’l Guard. He served as KMEA President and is a member of KMEA, MENC, American Federation of Musicians, ASTA with NSOA, and NEA. He performed for the Bicentennial Celebration in Washington, DC with the Lawrence High Orchestra and Symphonic Band. His groups performed six times at the KMEA In-Service Workshop.

George N. Heller
Class of 2003

George N. Heller served in the US Army Bands as a tubist, conductor, and arranger. He taught 29 years at University of Kansas. His teaching, research, and service interests have included instrumental and secondary music methods, world music, the history of music education, and music therapy. He has published over one hundred articles and book chapters on these topics and has contributed twenty-two articles on music education to New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He was co-editor of Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.

Marilyn Foree
Class of 2004

Marilyn Foree taught most of her 35 year career in Topeka. Her groups performed across Kansas, as well as at the Nat’l School Board Convention in New Orleans. She directed 43 musicals. Marilyn served as District I Choral Chair andPresident, Music in Our Schools MENC National Chair and KMEA State Chair, Southwestern Division Show/Jazz Choir Chair and KCDA Show/Jazz Choir Chair. She organized and sponsored trips to Europe, New York, and Chicago allowing students to experience music theater in different cultures.

John Albertson
Class of 2005

John E. Albertson became Director of Music for Kansas City in 1976 and used his gifts to recruit young teachers. He established a massive inventory of instruments for students who could not afford to purchase their own, he started an instrument repair shop to maintain those instruments and he hired woodwind and brass specialists to give private lessons to those students. Dr. Albertson was a driving force in the founding of Kaw Valley Arts and Humanities and Kansas City Arts Partners.

Edwin E. Bartley
Class of 2005

Edwin E. (Ed) Bartley taught band in Johnson, Deerfield, Stafford, and Lawrence. Lawrence bands performed for KMEA, SWMENC, and MENC. The marching band was invited to perform at the Portland Rose Festival three times. Ed served as KMEA District V President, State Music Festival Chair, and KMEA President. He also served on the boards of Southwest MENC and Young Audiences. Ed was a charter member of the KBA and is a member of American School Band Directors Association, Phi Mu Alpha, Phi Beta Mu and Kappa Kappa Psi.

Vaughn A. Lippoldt
Class of 2005

Vaughn Lippoldt taught for 46 years, including time in Holyrood, Moundridge, Garden City, and Colby and Coffeyville community colleges. He served as Music Program Chair at Iowa Western. His vocal ensembles performed at state conventions in KS, NE, and IA. He took ensembles on performance tours overseas. Mr. Lippoldt served as President of KCDA, KMEA, and MENC Southwestern Division, and on the board of Iowa Choral Directors Association. In 1996 Vaughn received the KCDA Harry Robert Wilson award.

Dwight Beckham
Class of 2006

Dwight Beckham spent 30 years in the public schools of Valley Center and Newton where his ensembles maintained a long tradition of excellence. Mr. Beckham is a member of KNEA, NEA, KMEA, MENC, KBA, NFIMA, Wichita Musician’s Association, Phi Beta Mu, and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Honors include Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame (1996), Newton HS Hall of Fame (2003), and Federated Music Clubs of Kansas Music Educator of the Year (1997).

Cliff Manning
Class of 2006

Clifford Manning taught in Neligh, NE, Topeka, Troy, Osage City, and Auburn-Washburn schools for more than 36 years. Clifford is a member of MENC, NEA, KNEA, IAJE, KBA, ASBDA, NBA, The International Horn Society, American Federation of Musicians, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Marshall’s Civic Band, Topeka Big Band, Arab Shrine Band, Topeka Woodwind Quintet, and Phi Beta Mu. Clifford’s ensembles performed at KMEA four times. Cliff is a community musician as a singer, French horn, guitar, and bass player.

Ken Shaheen
Class of 2006

Kenneth D. Shaheen taught for 40 years in Kansas retiring in 1992. Ken is a member of NEA, KMEA, MENC, and ACDA. He served KMEA for many years and was KMEA President (1967-69). Great Bend HS Concert Choir performed for KMEA (1964), as well as Barton CCC Choir and Hilltop Singers (1976). Throughout the years Ken’s groups and soloists were recipients of numerous first division ratings in league, district, regional, and state music festivals. Mr. Shaheen received the KCDA Harry Robert Wilson Award in 1983.

Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass
Class of 2007

Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass served as Director of String Studies and Professor of Music Education and String Pedagogy at WSU. She founded orchestral programs in Derby and Norman, OK and also taught in New York public schools. She was conductor of Wichita Youth Chamber Players, board member of Midwest Clinic, and educational consultant for Scherl and Roth. She served as ASTA national president and is in the KS-ASTA Hall of Fame. As a cellist, Ms. Dillon performed with symphonies in Wichita, Baton Rouge, and Oklahoma City.

Robert Lee
Class of 2007

Robert Lee taught for 42 years in Kansas, including Goddard, Haven, Hutchinson, and Little River. Lee played percussion in several groups in the Wichita and Newton area.He served as KMEA President (1991-93) and Advocacy Chair. He is a Past President and Executive Secretary of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Mu. Lee is a life member of Kappa Kappa Psi. In 1997 KBA recognized him as “Outstanding Bandmaster.” In 2005 he was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame.

Gayle McMillen
Class of 2009

Gayle McMillen taught 27 years in Salina. He is a member of KBA, Phi Beta Mu, IAJE, KMEA, and NEA. He served KBA aspresident and executive secretary. He was KMEA District III Jazz Chair, State Jazz Chair, President (1997-99), andMENC Southwestern Division President (2001-03). In 2004, he was recipient of NFSH State Music Educator Award and in 2005 received the Section 5 Outstanding Music Educator Award. KBA and Phi Beta Mu awarded him 2006 “Outstanding Bandmaster.”

Melvin “Bud” Schuette
Class of 2009

Melvin “Bud” Schuette taught 31 years.He served as KMEA District III president and was a charter member of KBA. He was selected as KS Bandmaster of the Year in 2003. He continues to remain musically active by conducting and performing with Marshall County Community Band and serves on the band board of directors. He also performs with a brass ensemble comprised of former students and sings with the community chorus. The Marysville concert bands received a “I” rating in every KMEA festival they participated in over a 27 year period.

Steve E. Eubank
Class of 2010

Steven E. Eubank has been a vocal music educator since 1973. He started his teaching career in Belle Plaine. The bulk of his professional life was atTopeka HS. He was the KMEA Northeast District Choral Chair and served KCDA as president. His high school groups have appeared numerous times at the KMEA ISW, as well as the ACDA convention. He has directed over 27 major musicals. Honors include Kansas Federated Music Clubs Music Educator of the Year, and KCDA Harry Robert Wilson Award for Excellence in Choral Music.

Kenneth Forsyth
Class of 2010

Kenneth A. Forsyth taught for 43 years at Leon, Howard, Columbus, Marion, Salina, Wichita, and Washburn Rural, with stints at Friends University, McPherson College, and Southwestern College. Ken’s choirs appeared at KMEA and KCDA conventions. Honors include KCDA Harry Robert Wilson Award. No mention of Ken’s career can be made without acknowledging his wife, Joanne. She lovingly supported him both musically and personally until her death and served as his accompanist in nearly every music endeavor.

Robert Foster
Class of 2010

Robert E. Foster, Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, served as Director of Bands for 31 years beginning in 1971. He also conducted the 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.

David Gish
Class of 2010

David E. Gish taught over 5 decades in Kansas.Shawnee Mission West Symphonic Band performed at the 1973 Mid-West Clinic in Chicago. Gish served as an officer in the Northeastern Kansas Band Association, and was the 1971 KMEA State Band Chair. Honors include 1964 Sublette Outstanding Young Educator, 1983 Leawood Middle School Master Teacher, 1988 Greater KC Recognition of Excellence, 1999 Recognition by the KU Institute for Research in Learning Disabilities, 1994 Emporia State Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching Profession.

Jack Samuel Ballard
Class of 2011

Jack Ballard taught for 34 years at Shawnee Mission Northwest. Jack is a member of KMEA, MENC, KCDA, ACDA, Guitar Society of Kansas City, NEA and Pi Kappa Lamba He has served as Northeast Ark. CDA president, Ark. MEA President, and KMEA State Choir Chair. The Shawnee Mission Northwest Choir performed for ACDA, Southwest ACDA, and KMEA In-Service Workshops. Jack received numerous awards and honors including KMEA Music Educator of the Year and the KCDA Harry Robert Wilson award (1998).

Suzanne “Sam” Stricklin
Class of 2011

Suzanne Stricklin was a band director in the StillwellSchools for 36 years. She founded the centralized music library. Her bands earned numerous superior ratingsand frequently performed at KMEA In-Service Workshop. Suzanne served many years as NEKMEA secretary. She is a member of MENC, KMEA, KBA, Phi Beta Mu, KC Flute Association, and Overland Park Civic Band. Suzanne was on staff of Kansas and International Lions Bands, High Plains Band Camp, Midwest Music Camp, and John Philip Sousa Band.

Daniel Commerford
Class of 2012

Daniel Commerford taught 37 years in Kansas including 22 years at Manhattan HS. In 1982, his Colby HS choir sang in the International Youth and Music Festival in Vienna. His choirs have performed in Orlando, FL and were selected to perform at the KMEA ISW. After retiring from Manhattan, KSU asked him to serve a year as director of the Men’s and Women’s Choirs and the K-State Singers. Dan served as KCDA president and is a member of KMEA, NAfME, and ACDA.

Marlin Cooper
Class of 2012

Marlin Cooper taught for over 43 years in Kansas.He inspired, thousands of music students. Marlin’s jazz bands flourished and brought in big-name artists, like Dizzie Gillespie, Jamie Abersold, and Bobby Watson. His college concert band played at the Nat’l MENC Conference and 3 times his college jazz band was selected to perform at the KMEA ISW. His students cite examples where Mr. Cooper gave them an instrument to play when they did not have one. In retirement he plays club gigs and at nursing homes.

Janeal Crabb Krehbiel
Class of 2012

Janeal Crabb Krehbiel taught elementary vocal music in Denverand later at Hesston and Lawrence. Janeal founded the Lawrence Children’s Choir. The choir sang at the 1999 Nat’l ACDA, 1996 Regional ACDA, and the 1996 Nat’l MENC Conventions, and was the featured choir for the 1994 World’s Largest Concert. In 2000 and 2007 she conducted the Nat’l Children’s Choir. Janeal is a member of ACDA, NAfME, KMEA, and Choral America, and KCDA past president. She was honored with the 1999 KCDA Harry Robert Wilson Award.

William “Bill” Lilley
Class of 2013

William “Bill” Lilley taught for more than 41 years in Kansas. Bill served as KMEA President (1977-79). The Kansas Bandmasters Association awarded him “Outstanding Band Director” in 1986. Bill touched the lives of many students and colleagues during his teaching career. He had a unique ability to relate to the students. His diligent pursuit of excellence, his love for teaching, and his willingness to mentor young directors were inspiring to all that knew him.

Victor R. Sisk
Class of 2013

Victor R. Sisk (Vic) taught at Fort Hays State University, Hays, and Lawrence prior to his selection in 1988 as the Assistant Exec. Director of KSHSAA, where he remained until his retirement in 2005. Vic served as KMEA State Band Chair, KMEA District III President, KBA President, and KMEA President-Elect (1987).In 2005, Vic received the NFHS Section V Award for Contribution to State High School Associations and in 2006 was selected by the Kansas Bandmasters Association for the Outstanding Contributor Award.

David K. Will
Class of 2013

David K. Will taught in Norton for 24 years, and 40 years total. He began teaching in Mission Valley and Claflin, where every HS student was in band. David had high expectations for all students and earned the respect of students, parents, community, and fellow educators. His positive attitude set a tone for others to model. Students and colleagues would often say “Where There’s a ‘WILL’ There’s a Way!” David served as KMEA Band Chair and NWKMEA President. In 2011, he accepted the position as the KMEA Retirement Chair.

Dana Hamant
Class of 2014

Dana Hamant taught HS band for 30 years, including 17 years at Wichita East,with two performances at the KMEA In-Service Workshop during his tenure. Mr. Hamant conducted the Kansas Lions Intern’l Band, the Kansas Masonic All-State Marching Band, and the KC Ambassadors of Music.He served as president of KS Bandmasters, KS-IAJE, and KMEA SC District. He also served as KMEA State Jazz chair, Festivals chair, and Exhibits Manager. In 2012, he received the NFHS “Outstanding Music Educator National Citation Award.”

John Huber
Class of 2014

John Huber earned his bachelor’s in music education from Fort Hays State University in 1962. He accepted a 3-yr appointment as piano instructor in Colby where enrollment nearly doubled reaching 100 students. After completing a Master’s in theory at the U. of Michigan, he accepted a position in theory and piano at Fort Hays State University which he retained for 45 years. John was active as an adjudicator at solo and multi-keyboard festivals. He served as CMENC state advisor and president of Kansas Music Teachers Association.

Walter “Bud” Meisel
Class of 2014

Walter “Bud” Meisel was a band director for over 40 years, leading consistently outstanding programs.He served as president of the Colorado Bandmasters, Arkansas Valley Music Educators, Kansas Bandmasters, and the KMEA SC District.Concordia band performed at ISW 5 times during his tenure, as well as the 1993 Bicentennial Musical Salute in Washington D.C. He was awarded the SCKMEA Outstanding HS Music Educator in 2005 andKBA Outstanding Bandmaster in 2008.

Jean Severance Ney
Class of 2014

Jean Severance Ney became the first female secondary band and orchestra instructor in the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools in 1978. In 1993 she was named Music Supervisor for the fifty KCKPS schools. Jean served as KMEA NE District secretary and president, and then as KMEA President (2007-09) during which time she played a key role in starting the KMEA Fund within the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Jean was named the 2012 NFHS Section V Music Educator of the Year.

Ray James
Class of 2015

Ray James’s 49 years of leadership and expertise in music education includes teaching at all levels. For 17 years, he taught at Baker University, where he served as Director of Bands, Professor of Music Education, Low Brass Studies, and Jazz History. Ray served as District 6 Band Chairman, as State Jazz Chairman twice, and as President of the Kansas Bandmasters Association. He was also Kansas Iota Chapter Phi Beta Mu President on two occasions. He was the 2011 recipient of the Kansas Bandmasters Association Outstanding Bandmasters Award.

Arthur Jay Steinberg
Class of 2015

A. Jay Steinberg was a native of New Jersey who spent 40 years teaching band in Lindsborg, Kansas. Steinberg received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bethany College and his Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance from Wichita State University. He also taught at Bethany College, Kansas Wesleyan University, and Wichita State University. His bands performed for the King of Sweden, former Russian premier Mikhail Gorbachev as well as at KMEA In-Service Workshops in 1989 and 1994. In 2014 the Smoky Valley School District re-named the school auditorium the “A.J. Steinberg Auditorium.”

Kathlyn M. Lindberg
Class of 2016

Kathlyn M. Lindberg is a native Kansan who began teaching in 1969 in Leoti, KS. Her career includes teaching elementary music in Leoti; junior high, senior high vocal and assistant instrumental in Wichita County; high school vocal in Kiowa County; and vocal and instrumental K-12 in USD 502 Lewis. Kathlyn’s service to the profession includes SWKMEA District President, 2004 KMEA Outstanding Music Teacher and the 2004 Masonic Outstanding Music Teacher. In her community, she served as church organist, pianist and choir director since 1972.

Texanna Ollenberger
Class of 2016

Texanna Ollenberger began and ended her music education career in Olathe, KS, beginning at Santa Fe Trail Jr. High and culminating at Mid America Nazarene University. Texanna has served her profession as the NE District Middle Level Choral Chair, KMEA State Middle Level Choral Chair and the NE District High School Choral Chair. She served on the site committee for the 1996 MENC Convention in Kansas City and has been a long-standing member of KCDA, receiving KCDA’s highest award, The Harry Robert Wilson Award.

Holly Taylor
Class of 2016

Holly Taylor began her teaching career in Ohio in 1979 in choral and elementary music, moving to Wichita with her family in 1989, where she eventually served as Vocal and Elementary Music Curriculum Coach, Adjunct Professor at Friends University for Elementary Music Methods and Supervisor of Student Field Experience. Holly served as the first KMEA All-State Elementary Choir Chair, Co-Chair of the KMEA Mentor Program, and KMEA Elementary Chair.

John W. Taylor
Class of 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. 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’s nomination comes from all of the KMEA Presidents who have served in some capacity with him.

Terry J. Barham
Class of 2017

Terry J. Barham earned degrees from the University of Illinois (MS) and the University of Oklahoma (BMusEd and PhD). While at Emporia State University he supervised student teachers, conducted choirs of all ages, and taught choral arranging and conducting. As a published author and authority on the boys changing voice, he is known throughout the choral music world.

Elaine Denise Bernstorf
Class of 2017

Elaine Bernstorf received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and Doctor of Philosophy from Wichita State University. An author and authority on Special Needs Children, she represented Kansas nationally as an NAfME team member for Children with Exceptionalities. Elaine’s expertise made her the perfect person to initiate KMEA’s Special Needs Chair position.

Patricia Lee Harry
Class of 2017

Patricia Lee Harry received her Bachelor of Music Education from Pittsburg State University, and completed graduate work at Pittsburg State, Wichita State and Kansas State Universities. She began her teaching career in Nickerson, and finished the majority of her career in Fort Scott. She served the KMEA Southeast District as President, HS choir chair, and ML Choir Chair. Her Fort Scott choirs received “I” ratings for 26 straight years.

Marion King Roberts
Class of 2017

Marion King Roberts received his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from William Jewell College, his Masters in Music from Kansas State University, and his D.M.A from the University of Kansas. He was a Kansas Bandmasters Founding Member and President. He has conducted bands all over the world, from Japan, to the United Kingdom, to Washington D.C. His bands performed at Omaha Beach for the 50th Commemoration of the D-Day invasion and in France for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day.

John Jay Selzer
Class of 2017

John Jay Selzer earned his Bachelors in Music Education and his Masters in Music Education from the University of Kansas. He began his teaching career at Shawnee Mission West High School and being a strong jazz performer and advocate, he was an immediate hit with his students. The jazz event he created for area jazz bands, “Jazz on the Bridge”, stands today as one of the highlights for young jazz performers in the KC Metro area. John then taught at Blue Valley Northwest and tripled the band enrollment in nine years.