Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2012

December 12, 2012

The Hall is proud to announce the members of the Class of 2013. Doug Buttrum, Rick Chesterfield, Ray Columbo, John Danner, Brad Davis, John Ford, Jimmy Hollingsworth, Gary Hopkins, John E. Jackson, David Joy, Mike Myers, Dan Rockwell, Dave Riley, Jerry Wayne Strain, Jim Thistle, Robert "Buddy" Thomas, Tony Tingley and Clair Woodward will be inducted on February 10, 2013 at the Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972.

A note to all who have sent us questionnaires but have not yet been inducted: Given the large number of musicians who have applied for induction, it is not unusual for a musician to wait a few years before being selected. However, once we have received and approved your questionnaire, you will not be forgotten.   Your name remains in the Candidate Pool and you are considered each year until you are selected.

December 3, 2012

The 2013 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 10, 2013 at the Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972, located just north of Wabash Avenue on 12th Street. As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, drawings and a silent auction. Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m.

Tickets should go on sale within the next few weeks. Watch this site or our Facebook page for an announcement. Be sure to mark this date on your calendar now!  Don't miss out on one of the best parties of the year!

August 6, 2012

Announcing our newest Board member! The Board of Directors would like to extend a warm welcome to Jesse Richey, who has been elected to serve on the Hall of Fame Board. Jesse brings many talents and a vast knowledge of Wabash Valley musicians to the Board. Be sure to congratulate him when you see him!

May 23, 2012

The fifth annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is coming in September! Once again, the Hall of Fame will be partnering with the Zorah Shine to benefit the Shrine Children's Hospital. It will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 on Shrine Hill, located just off North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, IN. Click here to see a map. As always, admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Make plans to join us for a great afternoon of good times and great music!

Please Note: The Shrine Country Club has excellent inside facilities, so if the weather doesn't cooperate, we will move the festivities indoors.  Don't let the weather stop you from coming out and having a good time with us!

Attention musicians!  We need bands and individual musicians to perform.  This is a great opportunity to come out, showcase your talent, and support a worthy cause.  A PA system and amplifiers will be provided.  Bring your own "axe" and plan to get up and perform!

For more information, call John Beeson at the Music Shoppe at 812-232-4095 or Rick Waggoner at 812-243-4144.

April 2, 2012

Archie Smith has retired from The Hall of Fame Board.  He joined the Board in May 2009 and was highly regarded by his colleagues.   He left due to a heavy work schedule and other commitments that made it difficult for him to devote the time needed for Board activities.  The Board extends their thanks to Archie for his service to the Hall and wishes him well in his future endeavors.

March 12, 2012

Attention Hall of Fame inductees! The Hall of Fame is interested in preserving the musical history of our inductees for future generations, so we have started a Musical History project. The goal of this project is to gather a small amount of information about each inductee.  In particular, we are interested in the following:

  • Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
  • What influenced you to choose the instrument(s) that you play?
  • Briefly describe your musical career - Band name and beginning/ending years in the band are sufficient.
  • Describe one or two special or memorable moments related to your musical career.
  • Describe your involvement with the Hall of Fame - Year inducted, any other involvement, such as service on the Board, etc.

We would prefer that you keep the length of your submission under two pages. To assist you, we have developed a form that you can use.  Go to the About Us page, then the Hall of Fame Inductees page.  The second section on the page contains a brief explanation of the project and a link to the form.  As with the questionnaire, you can either print the form and mail it to us, or you can download the form, fill it out on your computer, and email it to us. Unlike our questionnaire, using this form is not a requirement. If you would rather record your musical history in an email or on a blank piece of paper, please feel free to do so.  If you would like, you can also send up to three photos to be included on your biography page.

Also, don't worry about whether your document meets all of the rules of grammar and spelling.  Just give us the raw information and we will make sure that it is presentable before it is posted. As you will see on the Hall of Fame Inductees page, a few brave volunteers have submitted a musical history so that you can have examples to view.

If you are not an inductee, but can provide the necessary information about an inductee, we invite you to submit a form on their behalf, especially for inductees who may now be in the Band of Angels.  If you submit a form for someone in the Band of Angels, please include the date they passed away. If you have a copy of their obituary that you could share with us, we would appreciate it.

Don't allow yourself to just be a name on a plaque or a web site.  Share your musical history with us!

February 13, 2012

The 2012 induction ceremony is history! We expected a good turnout, but were surprised at how large it turned out to be. This was easily the largest audience we have ever had, and what a party it was! Once again, we had a couple of bands open the ceremony, and what a great job they did! Immediately following the ceremony, the inductees took the stage and put on a great show. Dozens of people went home with raffle and silent auction items.

Be sure to check out the photos from the induction ceremony in the Photo Galleries section.

The Hall of Fame gratefully acknowledges everyone who helped to make this event possible:

Our Hosts:
Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972
Thanks Paul, Andy, Debbie and Lisa!

Our Sponsors:
Conservatory of Music
Dever Distributing
Java Haute
Lamar Advertising
Pizza Hut
Rick’s Smokehouse
Stables Steak House
Terre Haute Community Theatre
Texas Roadhouse
The Landing at Fort Harrison
The Music Shoppe
Wagon Wheel

Our Volunteers:
Hall of Fame Board of Directors
Hall of Fame Historian/Photographer Deb Hadley
Terry and Leann Wenzel
Doc Long
The Bud Girl
The Food Committee, headed by Kara Anderson and staffed by many wonderful volunteers

Our Opening Acts:
Stray Bullet
Dave Frisse Band

January 1, 2012

The 2012 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972, located just north of Wabash Avenue on 12th Street. As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, drawings and items for sale. Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m. If we still have an adequate audience and there are musicians wanting to play, we will go longer.

A note to our fellow musicians: Please remember that the jam session is for the inductees first. However, supporting musicians will be needed, and once all inductees have been given a chance to perform, the stage will be opened to all musicians.

Tickets are $10 per person, which includes your meal. They can be purchased from Hall of Fame Board members or at The Music Shoppe, Rick Waggoner's State Farm Insurance, The Conservatory of Music, or the V.F.W.  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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