Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame

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

News & Notes Archive for 2016

November 26, 2016

The Board of Directors is pleased to welcome our newest member, Tracy Richardson.  Tracy is a singer/songwriter and keyboardist with more than 30 years of experience, and a member of the HOF Class of 2016.  Please join us in welcoming her to the Board.

September 15, 2016

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Hall of Fame Board member Will Cox.  Will was a member of the Class of 2007 and joined the Board in 2008.  Will's contributions to the Hall were numerous. All of the Board thought highly of him, both as a musician and as a person, and he will be missed.  Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his wife and family.

September 12, 2016

The ninth annual Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is history!  It was another great event that included perfect weather, good food and beverages, and lots of good music.

We send out a big thank-you to our opening act, the Steel Drum Band from Indiana State University, 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.

Most of all, we want to thank all of you who attended, especially those who brought canned goods to donate to local food banks.  We can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your support.

We send out a special thanks to our sponsors:

    Dever Distributing
    Gerry's Italian Restaurant
    St. Mary's Supper Club
    Sam's Steakhouse
    The New Goshen Pub
    The Shrine Director's Staff

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

July 14, 2016

The Hall of Fame Board of Directores welcomes our newest member, Victoria Birchfield.  She was inducted into the Hall as part of the Class of 2010.  She plays guitar and spent many years on the hotel/motel circuit, performing in many states across the nation.   Please join us in welcoming her to the Board.

July 12, 2016

The ninth 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 11, 2016 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 small gift as our hanks.  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.

June 6, 2016

Terry Wenzel has retired from the Board of Directors. He was on the original Board and served as Secretary for many years. He retired in 2009 for health reasons. He returned to the Board in 2014 and resigned this month because he and his wife are moving out of state.

The Board wishes Terry and Leann all the best in the future, and extend our heart-felt thanks for all that the two of them have done for the Hall of Fame. We will miss them.

April 4, 2016

The Hall held its bi-annual election of officers, and is pleased to introduce our officers for the 2016-2018 term:

    Board Chair: Andrew Hayes
    Board Vice-Chair: Mark Ford
    Board Vice-Chair: Randy Winkler
    Board Treasurer: Mike Spice
    Board Secretary: Mark Wright

Former Vice-Chairs John Beeson and Will Cox, and Secretary Robert Lane chose not to run for re-election. The Board thanks them for their service to the Hall as officers.

March 13, 2016

The 2016 Induction Ceremony is over!  As always, it was a great party.  Our new location worked out perfectly, we served a new lunch menu and we had a great new opening act.  If you missed the eveny you missed one of the best parties we've had in a long time!

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

Pictures have been posted on the 2016 Induction page in the Photo Galleries.  Besure to check them out.

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

Our Host:
Terre Haute Zorah Shrine

Our Sponsors:
    Archies Sports Bar
    Commissioner Brad Anderson
    Conservatory of Music
    Dave and Lisa's New Goshen Pub
    Deans Party Mania
    Dever Distributing
    Dicky James and the Blue Flames
    Java Haute
    Rick Waggoner State Farm Agency
    Rob Mann and The Tee Pee Tavern
    Sams Steakhouse
    Scott and Son Complete Home Solutions
    St. Marys Supper Club
    Stable Studios
    The Music Shoppe
    The Valley Brothers
    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
    Curt Hall
    The Bud Girl
    The Food Committee, headed by Kara Anderson and staffed by many wonderful

Our Opening Act:
    Brent McPike and Solly Burton

January 12, 2016

The 2016 induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 13, at the Zorah Shrine at 420 North 7th street in Terre Haute, IN.  Please note the change in month and location for the ceremony.

As always, there will be food, live music, raffles, door prizes, drawings and a silent auction.  As we have done for the past few ceremonies, we will collect canned goods for donation to local food pantries.  Food service will start at noon and the festivities will last until at least 6:00 p.m.  We will have access to kitchen facilities in advance of the ceremony, which means that we can start planning new menus for the luncheon.

Tickets remain at $12 per person, which includes your meal.  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, or the Conservatory of Music  If you are unable to locate tickets, call or email us for assistance.  While a limited number of tickets are available at the door, we encourage you to buy your tickets early to make sure you get one.  This party is shaping up to be one of the best we've ever had, so don't miss out!

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.  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.  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.

Here is the Induction Class of 2016:
    Dave Amerman
    Bill Bell
    Richard Bennett
    Jill Brewer
    Myron Cheeks
    Lester Cunningham
    Brad Elder
    Richard Faust
    Gary Wayne Gaskins
    David LeDune
    Gary Ooley
    Tracy Richardson
    David Trench
    Al Withrow
    Clyde Wright

We hope to see you at the 2016 Induction Ceremony.

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