Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The 24rd annual induction ceremony was held on March 12, 2017 at the Zorah Shrine in Terre Haute, IN.  Doug Mason and Toby Myers were unable to attend.

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

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List of the Class of 2017

Paul Bays William Kassis Jim Payne
Kevin Beel Leo Maesch Susan Pell
J. R. Combs Doug Mason George Phelps
John Dicenso Steve McCullough Gary Ready
George Egy Mary Lou Morris John Spicknall
Ed Ice, Jr. Toby Myers Brian Wendholdt

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Paul Bays with Jeff Wisbey
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Kevin Beel with David Beel
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J.R. Combs with Rick Waggoner
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John DiCenso with Mark Wright
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John DiCenso with Jerome Cheatham
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George Egy with Brad Anderson
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Ed Ice Jr. with Tim Weer
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Willie Kassis with Brad Anderson
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William "Willie" Kassis
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Leo Maesch and Joe Cartwright
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Steve McCullough and Tracy Richardson
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Mary Lou Morris and Jimmy Hollingsworth
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Toby Myers (photo from 2013)
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Jim Payne and Jesse Richey
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Susan Pell and Mark Wright
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George Phelps and Brad Anderson
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Gary Ready and Rick Waggoner
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John Spicknall and Mark Wright
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Brian Wendholdt with Bill Heyman and Victoria Birchfield
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Our Opening Act

The Coon Holler Kids opened the ceremony with some great music.  They have been our opening act on past occasions, and have always been a big hit with the audience.

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Presentation of Awards

The Board of Directors presented two awards:

Terry Wenzel (Class of 2002) received the Akers/Grindle award, which is the highest award issued by the Hall of Fame, in recognition of his service to the Hall.  Terry was among the musicians who assisted Alva Grindle with restarting the Hall of Fame in 2005.  He served on the Board of Directors, serving for part of that time as the Board Secretary.  He was instrumental in helping the Hall of Fame grow into the organization that it is today, going above and beyond in the time, energy, and finances he donated to make sure the the organization would be successful.

Mark Bennett received the Special Recognition award.  For many years, he has played an important part in helping the Hall of Fame gain recognition and a good reputation in the community, and we are grateful for his efforts. 

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Reading of the Band of Angels

Doc Long and Party Marty read the names of those who were added to the Band of Angels during 2016, followed by Dave Amerman and Eddie Davis performing "Tears in Heaven."

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Dave Amerman and Eddie Davis

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