Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2009

December 15, 2009

The Hall of Fame Board has changed again.  After many years of outstanding service to the Hall, Tom Smith has moved to the Advisory Staff.  Tom was a very valuable member of the Board, and will be sorely missed.  We are grateful to Tom for his many contributions and look forward to working with him in his new role as advisor.

November 19, 2009

The 2010 induction ceremony is scheduled for January 31, 2009 at the Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972.  Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m.  Last year, we were required to end at 6:00 p.m., but we have worked out an arrangement with the Post this year to ensure that we can go later if there are still musicians who would like to play. 

As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, 50/50 drawings and items for sale.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from HOF Board members or at The Music Shoppe, Rick Waggoner's State Farm Insurance and The Conservatory of Music starting in early December, 2009.  If you are unable to locate tickets, call or email us for assistance.  Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early.  Don't miss out on one of the best parties of the year!!

We are making a number of small changes to the ceremony, in an attempt to help things move along faster and allow time for more musicians to perform.  We are also asking musicians who would like to perform to please use the instruments provided.  A lot of time was lost lost year due to people taking time to set up and tune their own instruments, pedals, etc., and as a result some inductees did not get a chance to perform.

September 14, 2009

The second annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam was a tremendous success!!  Crowds were dispersed over the course of the day rather than all being there at the same time, but attendance was up from last year, and everyone enjoyed the music, food, car show and motorcycle rally.  Many area musicians showed up, and there were six hours of great music.  If you missed the picnic this year, be sure to make plans to attend next year so you don't miss out on all of the fun and music.

Pictures from the 2009 picnic have been posted on a new page.  See the Photo Gallery for a link to the page.

August 30, 2009

The Hall of Fame Board has suffered another loss.  It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Board member Frank Crawford.  Frank was inducted in 1999 and devoted a lot of time and effort in service to the Hall.  He was highly regarded by all who knew him.  We extend our condolences to his family.

August 10, 2009

A new page has been added to this web site.  We are adding memorials for Hall of Fame inductees who have passed away.  There is a link to the page from the Band of Angels page.  We started the page with the small number of inductees that we have information about, but we would like to include all inductees who have passed away.  We can't do this without your help, so if you can contribute information, we would appreciate it.  Please note that, at the current time, we are only posting memorials for musicians who were inducted before they passed away.  We may expand this in the future, as time and resources permit.

July 15, 2009

The second annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is coming!!  It will be held on September 13, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post 972 Recreation Area, located on state road 159 just south of Riley, IN.  This is the same location as last year.  Admission is free.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  There will be car shows, a motorcycle poker run, games and lots of music, so plan to join us for a great afternoon of family fun and music.

For more information, call the Music Shoppe at 812-232-4095

July 14, 2009

The Hall of Fame Board has changed again.  After many years of outstanding service to the Hall, Tom Stiffey has moved to the Advisory Staff.  Tom gave many years of service to the Hall and was an outstanding contributor to the organization.  We are grateful to Tom for all he has done for the Hall and look forward to working with him in his new role as advisor.

June 17, 2009

The Hall of Fame Board has suffered a loss.  We are sad to report the passing of Board member Terry Haughee.  Terry had moved from the Board of Directors to the Advisory Board just a few weeks ago due to his failing health.  Terry was inducted in 2002, but had been involved with Hall from its inception.  He devoted a lot of time and effort to the Hall and was highly regarded by all who knew him.  We extend our condolences to his family.

May 12, 2009

We welcome three new Board members.  We extend our welcome to our newest Board members - Mark Ford, Andy Hayes and Archie Smith.  We appreciate their willingness to donate their time and talents to the Hall.

April 15, 2009

The Hall of Fame Board has changed again.  After many years of outstanding service to the Hall, Terry Wenzel has also moved to the Advisory Staff.  We are grateful to Terry for all he has done for the Hall and extend our best wishes to him for the future.

March 17, 2009

The Hall of Fame Board has changed.  After many years of outstanding service to the Hall, Terry Haughee and Stacie Wagle have moved to the Advisory Staff.  Their contributions to the Hall have been immeasurable, and we wish them all the best in the future.  We welcome their replacements on the Board, Brad Anderson and Jim Cheek.

January 31, 2009

The Hall of Fame is looking for information on Wabash Valley musicians!!  Starting with the induction class of 2010, we MUST have a completed questionnaire on file to consider a musician for induction into the Hall of Fame.  The pool of prospective inductees has grown so large that, without the information provided on the questionnaires, the job of finding musicians and verifying their eligibility is nearly impossible.

 Please help us out by completing a questionnaire and sending it to us.  You can fill one out for yourself, or if you know of a deserving musician, you can fill one out on their behalf.  Please go to the HOF Inductions page for instructions and a link to the questionnaire.
We are also interested in promoting local bands by offering a little bit of free advertising.  Please go to the Local Bands page for details on how your band can be listed on this site.

January 28, 2009

Our thanks to the Wabash Valley for a fantastic 2009 induction ceremony.  This was one of the largest ceremonies we have held, and we appreciate your support. 

Please Note:  We extend our apologies to those musicians who did not get an opportunity to get up and play.  There were so many musicians signed up to perform that we could not accommodate everyone.  We would have extended the ceremony to allow more people to get on stage, but our host shut us down at 6:00 p.m.  Please join us at the 2nd annual Picnic and Jam (tentatively scheduled for September 13), when there will be a lot more time to get musicians up to play.

January 1, 2009

The 2009 induction ceremony is scheduled for January 25, 2009 at the Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972.  Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until about 6:00 p.m.  There will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes and 50/50 drawings.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at The Music Shoppe, The Conservatory of Music and other locations starting on December 1, 2008.  HOF board members have tickets available now.  If you are unable to locate tickets, call or email us for assistance.  Tickets are limited, so be sure to get yours early.  Don't miss out on one of the best parties of the year!!

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