Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2013

November 19, 2013

The 2014 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 9, 2014 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 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!

A note to our members:  The Hall of Fame has grown from a small group that gathered once a year at BJ's Lounge to an organization that not only recognizes the accomplishments of musicians in the Wabash Valley, but strives to make a difference in our community.  As a part of this, we promote live music and provide assistance to organizations who serve the disadvantaged in our area.

The Hall gives more than $1,000 back to the community each year in the form of donations. We also put a considerable amount of money back into the local economy with the events that we hold.  However, we could do so much more with your support.

This is YOUR Hall of Fame, you are a member.  Along with the honor of being inducted comes a responsibility to support the organization you joined.  The Hall is committed to giving back to the Wabash Valley, and we need your help to do this.  Please attend and participate in our functions.  Not only does this help to make our events a success, but your purchase of raffle tickets, silent auction items and memorabilia helps to fund our charitable goals.

We hope to see you at the 2014 Induction Ceremony.

Here is the Induction Class of 2014:

Matthew Balensuela
David Leo Beel
Brian Blakemore
Ralph “Roland” Boyd
Ersel “Buz” Burgess
Allen Gilbert
Archie Krout
Steve Michael
Dave Myers
Charles “Rik” Padgett
Steve Ridge
Henry Lee Summer
Michael Trench
George Vrzina
Mark Wright

September 23, 2013

The sixth annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is history!  It's hard to find enough superlatives to describe the event.  The weather was perfect.  The audience was the largest we've ever had at a picnic.  So many bands appeared that the music ran non-stop from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.  There were a lot of great cars on display at the car show.  The Shrine did a fantastic job with the food and beverages.  We received enough canned goods donations to fill four large boxes.

The Hall of Fame wants to thank all of the musicians who donated their time, talent and equipment, the Car Show entrants who shared their classic vehicles with the audience, the wives of Board members who worked hard to help us host this event, and all others who contributed to our efforts.

We send out a special thanks to our sponsors:

The Shrine
Dever Distributing
St. Mary's Supper Club
The Teepee Tavern
New Goshen Pub

Most of all, we want to thank all of you who attended.  Because of your generosity, the Hall of Fame will be making significant donations to the Shrine Children's Hospital and to local food banks.  The help you have provided to these organizations will touch many lives.  We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your support.

Check out the Photo Galleries for pictures of the picnic and car show.

July 9, 2013

The sixth 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 22, 2013 on Shrine Hill, located just off North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, IN. Click here to see a map.  The Shrine has nice inside facilities, so in case of inclement weather, we will move indoors.  As always, admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Click here to see our flyer for the event.

We are bringing back the Frank Crawford Memorial Car Show this year, and adding a motorcycle show.  Prizes will be awarded.

New for this year: We are collecting canned goods to be donated to the local area food banks.  Donate some canned goods and receive a free HOF koozie as our thanks.

Keep an eye on this site or our Facebook page for more details in the near future, and make plans to join us for a great afternoon of family fun and music.

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.

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

February 11, 2013

The 2013 Induction Ceremony is history!  As with every preceding year, this was a great party!  Our opening act was a group of young men called Hype War Machine, and they put on a great show!  Immediately following the ceremony, the inductees took the stage and put on a superb show.  Dozens of people went home with raffle and silent auction items.

And we had a special guest this year. Toby Myers, former bass player for John Cougar Mellencamp, accompanied some children from Brown County Junior High School to sell tickets on an autographed John Mellencamp guitar.  Not only did he attend the ceremony, he also got up and jammed with the inductees!

Be sure to check out the photos from the induction ceremony in the Photo Galleries section, as well as new pictures in the Local Bands and Local Musicians galleries.

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

Our Host:
Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972

Our Sponsors:
Conservatory of Music
Dave & Lisa's New Goshen Pub
Dever Distributing
Java Haute
Lamar Advertising
Pizza Hut
Rick’s Smokehouse
St. Mary's Supper Club
Texas Roadhouse
The Landing at Fort Harrison
The Music Shoppe
Wagon Wheel
Young Men's Club

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

Our Opening Act:
Hype War Machine

February 5, 2013

A message to local area bands: The Hall of Fame does what it can to promote live music in the Wabash Valley. As a part of this effort, we offer a Local Band Registry on this web site (click the Community Page link at the left, then the Local Band Registry on the right).

We are contacted fairly regularly by people wanting information on local bands. We direct them to the Local Band Registry. Want your band name to reach these people? Add your band to our registry. There's no cost. Just send us the name of your band, styles of music played, and how to contact you, and we will add your band to the registry.

January 1, 2013

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 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.

We have two new items for sale this year - lapel pins and koozies.  Be sure to visit the sales table by the front door and get yours.

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 only $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 Terre Haute V.F.W. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door, but why take a chance? Buy your ticket 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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