Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2015

December 29, 2015

We are proud to announce the Induction Class of 2016!  They are Dave Amerman, Bill Bell, Robert Bennett, Jill Brewer, Myron Cheeks, Lester Cunningham, Brad Elder, Richard Faust, Gary Wayne Gaskins, David LeDune, Gary Ooley, Tracy Richardson, David Trench, Al Withrow and Clyde Wright.  Please join us to honor these musicians on March 13, 2016 at the Zorah Shrine, 420 N 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807.

We hope to have tickets available for purchase by the 2nd week in January.  Ticket prices will be $12, the same as last year, and will include your lunch.  Watch this web site and our Facebook page for an announcement when tickets are available.

November 17, 2015

Announcing changes for the 2016 Induction Ceremony!  The ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 13, at the Zorah Shrine at 420 North 7th street in Terre Haute, IN.

Moving the date from February to March takes us out of the worst of the winter months. The new location will give us a seating that is not quite so cramped, a dance floor, and a stage for the band. We will also have access to kitchen facilities in advance of the ceremony, which means that we can start planning new menus for the luncheon.

The 2016 Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a very special one, so be sure to mark your calendar! Tickets will go on sale in a few weeks. We will post details on on this site as soon as they are available.

September 29, 2015

The eighth annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is history!  It was another great event that included perfect weather, a good crowd, lots of cars and motorcycles on display, good food and beverages, and more.

We send out a big thank-you to our opening act, the Coon Hollar Kids, who put on a terrific show! The Hall of Fame also wants to thank all of the musicians who donated their time, talent and equipment, the Car and Motorcycle Show entrants who shared their 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:

    Dever Distributing
    St. Mary's Supper Club
    Sam's Steakhouse
    The Music Shoppe
    The New Goshen Pub
    The Teepee Tavern

Most of all, we want to thank all of you who attended.  Because of your generosity, the Hall of Fame will be making a significant donation to the Shrine Children's Hospital, and has already made a sizable donation of canned goods to the 14th & Chestnut Community Center.  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.

June 27, 2015

Welcome to our new web site!  Like everything else connected with computers, the programming language used to write web sites, called HTML, is always getting updated.  As new versions come out, older versions become obsolete.  Unfortunately, the version we used for our web site has become obsolete and we were forced to rewrite the web site in a newer version.

While the look has changed, the functionality has not.  The new web site contains the same information in the same locations.  We hope you enjoy the new web site!

April 23, 2015

The eighth 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.  It will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 on Shrine Hill, located just off North Fruitridge Avenue in Terre Haute, IN. Click here to see a map.  The music will start at noon and run until 6 p.m. (or longer if there are sufficient musicians wanting to play and an audience for them to play for).  As always, admission is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Don't let bad weather keep you away!  The Shrine has nice inside facilities, so in case of inclement weather, we will move indoors.

We will host the Frank Crawford Memorial Car and Motorcycle Show again this year.

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.  This is a good way for all of us, musicians or not, to help the less fortunate in our community.  Please give generously!

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.

A note to our candidates: Please take advantage of our events to show the Hall the person behind the questionnaire.  Come out to the picnic and participate in the jam session.  When the Hall has a chance to get to know you and hear you demonstrate your skills, it makes the election process go much smoother.

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

April 23, 2015

The Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame is Sponsoring Another Musical Instrument Petting Zoo!  It will be held at the Terre Haute Children's Museum on Saturday, May 30, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  The first one was such a success that they are giving us a larger room this time!   Bring your children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren and help introduce them to the wonders of music.  Hope to see you there!

February 9, 2015

The 2015 Induction Ceremony is history!  As always, it was a great party. Our opening act was a group of children from Vermillion County called the Coon Holler Kids, and they put on a terrific 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.

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
    Dean's Party Mania
    Dever Distributing
    First Financial Bank
    Friday's Restaurant
    Lamar Advertising
    Rick’s Smokehouse
    Tee Pee Tavern
    Texas Roadhouse
    The Music Shoppe
    West Terre Haute IGA

Our Volunteers:
    Hall of Fame Board of Directors
    Hall of Fame Historian/Photographer Deb Hadley
    Doc Long
    Party Marty
    David Beel
    Tommy Lee
    Susan Pell
    Sue Wright
    John Wright
    The Bud Girl
    The Food Committee, headed by Kara Anderson and staffed by many wonderful

Our Opening Act:
    The Coon Holler Kids

January 1, 2015

The 2015 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, February 8, 2015 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 $12 per person, which includes your meal.  This is a small increase from past years, but it is the first time we have raised ticket prices since the induction ceremonies were re-started in 2006. This is our only fund-raising event for 2015, and given that the cost of food, advertising, tee shirts, etc., have risen every year, we finally reached a point where we were forced to raise ticket prices.

Tickets are now available, and 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.

A note to our candidates: Please take advantage of our events to show the Hall the person behind the questionnaire. Attend the Induction Ceremonies. Participate in the jam session at the picnics. When the Hall has a chance to get to know you and hear you demonstrate your skills, it makes the election process go much smoother.

We hope to see you at the 2015 Induction Ceremony.

Here is the Induction Class of 2015:
    Reva Dailey
    Kevin Griffin
    Naomi Hills
    Mark Huff
    Linda Jeffries
    Bob Medworth
    Luann Newburn
    Tim Ridgway
    Jim Southworrd
    Stacie Wagle
    Anna White
    Sara Wright

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