2014 News & Notes
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September 22, 2014
Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame Picnic and Jam is history!
And it was a great party!
Once again, we had perfect weather, a large audience and lots of
musicians who shared their talents with the crowd. We had over
50 entrants in the car show, and it was amazing to see all of the great
cars. The Shrine did a fantastic
job with the food and beverages. We we able to make canned
goods donations to both the Light House Mission and St. Patrick's
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. Also, we send out a special thanks to our sponsors.
Most of all, we want to thank all of you who attended. Because
of your generosity, the Hall of Fame will make 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
We have added a Photo Gallery for pictures of the picnic and car
show. Be sure to check it out. If you visited it during
construction, you may have to click the Refresh button on your
browser to see the finished version.
August 28, 2014
Just a reminder that the 2014 Picnic & Jam is just a few
Mark your calendars for September 21 and come out for a great party!
See our May 12 entry below for more information.
Click here to see a flyer for
the event. Feel free to print and distribute copies.
July 12, 2014
We are sad to report the passing of former Hall Of Fame
Board member, Tom Stiffey.
Tom served on the Board from 2006 to 2009, and after retiring from
the Board he served on the Advisory Board. Tom designed the
original questionnaire forms, and was a major contributor to the
writing of the original bylaws.
Tom played bass guitar for many local bands, including The Midwest
Playboys, Catalinas, Country Nomads and Old Habits.
Visitation and funeral services will be held on Monday, July 14, at
the Roselawn Funeral Home, with visitation beginning at 1:00 p.m.
and funeral services at 3:00 p.m.
The Hall of Fame sends its condolences to the family.
July 6, 2014
Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame is sponsoring a Musical
instrument Petting Zoo!
It will be held at the Terre Haute Children's Museum on Friday,
August 1, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Bring your little ones (children,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren) or the not-so-little ones, and help introduce them to the wonders of music.
Hope to see you there!
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
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. 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
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:
Who or what inspired you to become a musician?
What influenced you to choose the instrument(s) that
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 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
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
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
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
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:
Terre Haute V.F.W. Post 972
Conservatory of Music
First Financial Bank
Rick’s Smokehouse & Grill
St. Mary's Supper Club
The Music Shoppe
The New Goshen Pub
West Terre Haute IGA
Hall of Fame Board of Directors
Hall of Fame Historian/Photographer Deb Hadley,
assisted by Liz Maze.
Terry and Leann Wenzel
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
We hope to see you at the 2014
Here is the Induction Class of 2014:
David Leo Beel
Ralph “Roland” Boyd
Ersel “Buz” Burgess
Charles “Rik” Padgett
Henry Lee Summer