Bandmasters Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame Award recognizes members who have gone beyond developing outstanding performing organizations and have impacted school band music through research, writing, composition, and program development.


The Bandmasters Hall of Fame is located in Regenstein Hall on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The display case can be found across from room 011, the main band rehearsal hall.

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Charter Members, June 1, 1984

Robert Allan

Harry Begian

Forrest L. Buchtel

Ernest O. Caneva

Anton J. Cerveny

W. W. Chunn

• W. C. Edwards

Robert E. Gray

Haskell W. Harr

Mark Hindsley

Lyle A. Hopkins

Paul P. Jankowski

Robert E. Jorgensen

• Harold Luhman

Cloyd Myers

John Paynter

Charles S. Peters

Victor W. Zajec

Charter Members (deceased), June 1, 1984

Glenn Cliffe Bainum

Cleaon Etzkom

Lawrence Fogelberg

A. A. Harding

Franklin Kreider

• C. B. Nesler

H. E. Nutt

New Inductees

• 1985 A. R. McAllister (deceased)

• 1986 Gordon Triefenbach

• 1987 Bernard Stiner

• 1988 Fred Hubbell

• 1989 Donald S. Lewellen

• 1990 LaVerne R. Reimer

• 1991 Roman R. Palmer

• 1992 Edgar B. Gangware, Jr.

• 1993 Warren A. Felts

• 1994 Charles R. Groeling

• 1995 Randolph F. Kummer

• 1996 Peter M. Pappas

• 1997 Milton R. Mojzis

• 1998 Richard A. Alderman

• 1999 Jon R. Dugle

• 2000 Daniel A. Gannon

• 2001 Robert W. Hindsley

• 2002 William C. Worra

• 2003 Margene Pappas

• 2004 John A. Thomson

• 2005 Edward Jones

• 2006 David Morrison

• 2007 (none selected)

• 2008 Charles Menghini

• 2009 (none selected)

• 2010 Donald Shupe

• 2010 William Johnson

• 2011 Ross Kellan

• 2012 William Jastrow

• 2013 William McClellan

• 2014 David Wetmore

• 2015 (none selected)

• 2016 (none selected)

• 2017 Gary Smith

• 2018 Ted Lega

• 2019 (none selected)

• 2020 (none selected)

• 2021 (none selected)

2018 Inductee:

Ted Lega

Ted Lega graduated from Joliet Township in 1962, serving as student director and first clarinet in Joliet Township band. In 1969 Mr. Lega was appointed as the third Director of Bands at Joliet Central Campus. During the next 33 years he continued the tradition of excellence with his symphonic, swing, and marching bands, receiving countless awards and honors.

Mr. Lega's bands have received the Honor Band award at the University of Illinois superstate band festival 14 times. His groups have also been named Grand Champions 11 times at Illinois State University as well as twice at the Opryland Music Festival Mr. Lega's peers have recognized him to be among the finest high school band directors and, in 1987, Mr. Lega was recognized as the Outstanding Chicagoland Music Educator. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1995, joining his predecessors Mr. McAllister and Mr. Houseknecht.

In 1990 Ted became the leader of the well-known Teddy Lee Orchestra, which was one of America’s great dancers dance bands. In 2002, Louis University awarded Mr. Lega got the St. Genesius Award (Patron Saint of the Arts) in recognition of his dedication and achievements as a music educator, band director, and orchestra leader. He has also received a lifetime achievement award in memory of Jon Paynter, Director of Bands at Northwestern University, an honorary Doctorate of Music from Vandercook College, and the Leonardo da Vinci Award for Performing Arts from the Order of Sons of Italy in America.