Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The 20th annual induction ceremony was held on February 10, 2013 at V.F.W. Post 972 in Terre Haute, IN.  Gary "Soapy" Hopkins, John E. Jackson, David Joy and Jerry Wayne Strain were unable to attend.

The Hall of Fame's highest award, the Akers/Grindle award, was presented to Arley Price.

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List of the Class of 2013

Doug Butrum Jimmy Hollingsworth Dave Ryley
Rick Chesterfield Gary "Soapy" Hopkins Jerry Wayne Strain
Ray Columbo John E. Jackson Jim Thistle
John Danner David Joy Robert "Buddy" Thomas
Brad Davis Mike Myers Toney Tingley
John Ford Dan Rockwell Clair Woodward

Pictures of the Class of 2013

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Rick Chesterfield
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Ray Columbo
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John Danner
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Brad Davis
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John Ford
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Jimmy Hollingsworth
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David Joy
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Mike Myers
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Randy Rockwell accepting for Dan Rockwell
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Dave Ryley
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Jerry Wayne Strain
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Jim Thistle
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Robert "Buddy" Thomas
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Tony Tingley
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Clair Woodward
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Our Opening Acts

The Valley Brothers opened the ceremony by singing the National Anthem, Terry Wenzel gave the invocation, then our opening act, Hype War Machine, took the stage.

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Presentation of the Akers/Grindle Award

The Akers/Grindle award was presented to Arley Price in recognition of his service to the Hall of Fame.  Arley was involved with the formation of the Hall of Fame and was a member of the original Board of Directors put together by Alva Grindle when he restarted the Hall of Fame in 2005.

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Pictures from the Induction Ceremony

We donated table space to students from the Brown County, IN, junior high school to sell raffle tickets for a John Mellencamp autographed guitar.  They were accompanied by Toby Myers, former bass player for John Mellencamp, who joined in the jam session with our inductees.

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Signed Mellencamp guitar
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Closeup of signature
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