Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

'Promoting fellowship and friendship among all musicians of the Wabash Valley'

Meet The Board of Directors and Staff

The Hall of Fame is governed by a Board of Directors.  All board members are Hall of Fame inductees.

Board members serve for free.  They donate time and money to the Hall of Fame.  They work 12 hour days to put on events like the induction ceremony and the Picnic & Jam, loan their equipment for the events, and pay for their admission tickets just like everyone else.  It’s hard work for no personal gain, but the Board feels rewarded and honored to be able to recognize the many great musicians who have shared their time and talents with the Wabash Valley.

The current members are listed below.

Brad Anderson (Class of 2009)

Brad served on the Vigo County Council for many years and is now a County Trustee.  He also is a real estate agent and is involved in other businesses.  He is the lead singer for the FanFare band.

John Beeson (Class of 2007)

John is the owner and operator of The Music Shoppe.  He plays keyboards for Dickey James and the Blue Flames.

John is a past Vice-Chair of the Board.

Victoria Birchfield (Class of 2010)

Victoria is retired.  She has played music since her early teens, spending many years on the motel circuit. She currently performs music with her husband as a duet, and in a gospel music band.

Jim Cheek (Class of 2009)

Jim is retired, having been a mortgage banker with Wells Fargo.  Jim is currently not active in a band, but has played guitar in many of the most popular Wabash Valley bands since 1964.

Mark Ford (Class of 2009)

Mark manages the Computer Support Center at Indiana State University.  He is an acoustic and electric bassist and currently plays with Dickey James and the Blue Flames and The Men of Note.

He is currently a Vice-Chair.

Andrew Hayes (Class of 2009)

Andrew is a computer programmer for Custom Software, Inc.  He plays bass for the Valley Brothers band, and fills in for many area bands.

He is currently the Board Chair.

Robert (Rob) Lane (Class of 2006)

Rob is retired, having formerly been a systems analyst and Data Processing supervisor for Pfizer, Inc.  He plays guitar and bass guitar and is recently retired from The Mirage Band, although he fills in with other bands when possible. He currently plays at local nursing homes and with a gospel band.

He is a past Secretary of the Board.  He designed, wrote and maintains the Hall of Fame's web site.


Tracy Richardson (Class of 2016)

Tracy is a Professor of Music Therapy, and Chair of the Music and Theatre Department, at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. She is a singer-songwriter, has released two CDs, and works as both a solo artist and a member of various local bands in the Terre Haute area.

Jesse Richey (Class of 1997)

Jesse works for Alstadt Office City.  He plays guitar for the Family Traditions band.



Paul Scott (Class of 2008)

Information coming soon.

Mike Spice (Class of 2008)

Mike is a truck driver for a local company.  He is currently not active in a band, but is the former trumpet player and band leader for the Crosswinds band.

He is currently the Board Treasurer.

Larrv Velez (Class of 2010)

Larry plays guitar for the FanFare Band and is always in demand as a fill-in for other area bands.

Rick Waggoner (Class of 2006)

Rick is an agent for State Farm Insurance.  He plays drums for The FanFare Band.

He is the past Board Chair.

Randy Winkler (Class of 2006)

Randy is retired from the construction industry.  He now drives a bus for the Vigo County School Corporation.  He plays drums for the Mirage Band and sits in with many other area bands.

He is currently a Vice-Chair.

Mark Wright (Class of 2014)

Mark is a retired high school English teacher, and now is an English instructor at Indiana State University.  He plays guitar for The Crowe Committee and Acoustic Crowe.

He is currently the Secretary.

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Bill Akers and Alva Grindle presided over the Hall from 1994 to 2005.  After Bill died in 2005, Alva formed the first Board of Directors.  Since then, many of our members have donated their time and talents by serving on the Board.  We would like to express our thanks to each of them. 

Unfortunately, few records were kept in the early days, and no lists have been found of the early Board.  However, the former Board members that we know about are listed below.

If you know of someone who should be included in this list, please let us know.

Will Cox Class of 2007. Served on the Board from 2008 to 2016. Served as a Vice-Chair during his tenure. Passed away in 2016.

Frank Crawford Class of 1999. Served on the Board from 2007 to 2009. Passed away in 2009.

Alva Grindle Co-founder of the Hall of Fame. Was the first Chairman of the Board, serving from 2005 to 2007. Passed away in 2007.

Terry Haughee Class of 2002. Served on the Board from 2005 to 2009. Passed away in 2009.

Archie Smith Class of 2007. Served on the Board from 2009 to 2012.

Tom Smith Class of 2006. Served on the Board from 2005 to 2009.

Tom Stiffey Class of 1996. Served on the Board from 2005 to 2009. Served as a Vice-Chair during his tenure. Passed away in 2014.

Stacie K. Wagle Class of 1998. Served on the Board from 2005 to 2009.

Terry Wenzel Class of 2002. Served on the Board from 2005 to 2009. Served as Treasurer during this tenure. Returned to the Board in 2014 and served until 2016.

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The Hall of Fame is fortunate to have a few individuals who graciously donate their time and talent on a regular basis on behalf of the Hall.  The Hall is grateful for their efforts on our behalf:

Party Marty has been associated with the Hall of Fame nearly from the beginning.  He is a co-host of the annual induction ceremonies and has been a tireless promoter of the Hall and its activities.  Party Marty was awarded the Akers-Grindle award at the 2010 induction ceremony in recognition of his service to the Hall.

Doc Long, (Class of 2002) is also a co-host of the annual induction ceremonies and has been a tireless promoter of the Hall and its activities.

Deb Hadley is the Hall of Fame Historian.  As such, she keeps records of what happens throughout the year, collects memorabilia pertaining to the organization and information about our members, and is our event photographer.  Many of the induction ceremony and picnic pictures on this site are the result of her hard work, and more of her work will be appearing on this site in the future.