Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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Musical History of Clair Woodward

Musical Influences 

Clair's musical career began when his mother gave him a small pocket knife for singing "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" for the 1st grade Christmas Program.  When he was in 5th grade, his father bought his older brother an alto saxophone.  When Clair told his father that his brother was not taking the sax to school, he received the instrument as a Christmas present.

He participated in the ROTC program in school, and was eventually called to active duty by the Air Force.  He was first chair sax while attended college.  After earning his MS degree, he taught band and orchestra in Utah.  After receiving his Doctor of Education, he became the band and orchestra director in Elko, Nevada.

He came to Terre Haute to become the Director of Music Extension at Indiana State University in 1967.  He also superintended six Summer Music Workshops.  After 27 years at ISU as Associate Professor of Music, Director of Music Extension and Independent Study, he retired in 1994.

He is a self-taught piano tuner.  His tuning and repairing skills span over 55 years and he still tunes pianos all over Indiana.   His wife still insists music and piano tuning are his first loves, she comes in a distant third!

Musical Career

Below are some of the bands and orchestras that Clair performed with:

Jodi Noble Band 5 piece band
Jack Dunn Band 13 piece band
Jim Dailey Band 1940's radio show at ISU
Stonehenge Formed in 1994
T.H. Community Band Saxophonist

Clair has also conducted many bands and orchestras, including the Utah State U. band, pep band and marching band, the Sound of Nevada Band, Bear River Band and Orchestra, and the Elko High School Band.  He also conducted choirs in Terre Haute and Bloomington from 1967-2012.

Memorable Moments

While at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, he organized a Drum and Bugle group that is still functioning after 60 years.

He played for the opening ceremony of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

In Nevada, he directed a 50 voice chorus and 20 piece orchestra production of The Messiah.

Hall of Fame

Clair was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2013.

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Last update on 17 Dec 2016