Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2014

May 12, 2014

The seventh 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 21, 2014 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.

We hope to hold the Frank Crawford Memorial Car Show again this year.  Details will be posted here as information becomes available.

Bring your canned goods:  Once again, 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.  Last year, we donated 4 large boxes worth of canned goods.  We'd like to top that amount this year!

Keep an eye on this web page 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.

March 10, 2014

The Board of Directors has elected two new members.  Please join us in welcoming Paul Scott and Mark Wright.  They both bring many talents and a vast knowledge of Wabash Valley musicians to the Board.  Congratulations, Paul and Mark!  We look forward to working with you.

February 12, 2014

A request to all of our inductees!  We know that you have had (and many are still having) a successful musical career, and are well-known in the community.  But what about the future?  As our generation is replaced by future generations, will your name become just a line on a plaque or a web site?

The Hall of Fame is proud of all of our members, and is interested in preserving their musical history for future generations, so we 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:

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

We know that many of you have already completed a questionnaire, but it provides only a small part of the above information.  We developed a form specifically for this project, and would appreciate it if you would be willing to fill out the form and send it to us.  You can access the form by clicking hereA few brave volunteers submitted their musical history so that you can have examples to view.  Go to the About Us page, then the Hall of Fame Inductees page and click the links at the bottom of the page.  As with the questionnaire, you can either print the form and mail it to us, or download the form, fill it out on your computer, and email it to us.  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, send a couple of photos to be included on your biography page.  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.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you!

February 11, 2014

The 2014 Induction Ceremony is history!  Given the amount of snow and record-setting low temperatures, we had concerns about attendance, but the people of the Wabash Valley showed that those concerns were unfounded.  Attendance was everything we could have hoped for, as was the rest of the event.  Our opening act was a group of young men called The Lemon Brothers, and they were amazing!  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.

Once again, we collected a lot of canned goods that were sent to local charities.  We also donated leftover food.

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
    Dever Distributing
    First Financial Bank
    Friday's Restaurant
    Lamar Advertising
    Rick’s Smokehouse & Grill
    Sam's Steakhouse
    St. Mary's Supper Club
    Texas Roadhouse
    The Music Shoppe
    The New Goshen Pub
    Wagon Wheel
    West Terre Haute IGA

Our Volunteers:
    Hall of Fame Board of Directors
    Hall of Fame Historian/Photographer Deb Hadley, assisted by Liz Maze.
    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:
    The Lemon Brothers

January 1, 2014

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

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