Phi Beta Mu

XI Chapter Minutes - February 2008

The Illinois Chapter of Phi Beta Mu met for its annual meeting on Friday, February 1, 2008. The meeting was held at the Packard Plaza Hotel in Peoria in conjunction with the Illinois Music Educators Association Conference.

President David Vroman called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m. The minutes from the January 2007 meeting were read and approved. Dave Fodor and Ed Winkler gave the secretary’s report.

President Dave Vroman charged everyone to keep good records of chapter activity so that it would be easier for volunteers to have the information necessary to serve as an officer or as a member of a committee.

Hall of Fame Report

Dave Fodor reported that there needs to be formation of a new committee. Winkler/ Shupe?

Mentoring Committee Report

No report. Charles Groeling reminded everyone that a mentoring handbook had been put together in previous years. Richard Alderman could not be present. There was discussion about the IMEA connection. Stephanie Kirk picked up some information on mentoring from this year's Mid-West Clinic she will share with the committee.

Web Page Report

John Springbrunn absent. No report. Dave Fodor told everyone to go to the website to access the new information available there. There is a proposal of a document on the web page that outlines the chapter organization and procedures. Dave Vroman asked that everyone read over this document and make any changes/suggestions by e-mail before March 1st. At the next annual meeting a vote will be taken to adopt this document. The document includes the terms of office, elections, membership dues and responsibilities. This will provide new leadership with the information they need to know to fulfill the obligations of a position. This document is based on what the national organization encourages the local chapters to have.

New Business:

Charles Groeling stated that school districts have mentoring, but not necessarily by band and orchestra directors. He proposed changing the name of the committee to the

"Mentoring and Professional Services Committee." The function of this committee would be to provide clinical assistance to bands of both members and non-members. Provide academic support for curricula as well as presentations to boards of education, parent groups, community committees and booster groups. Provide assistance and mentoring to new teachers. Discussion followed during which the question was posed "How do we make a connection or let people know that this is available?" This could be done through the website and the MENC Journal. Dealers would know who is floundering. John Thomson proposed Phi Beta Mu could sponsor an event at IMEA. He was asked to find out from IMEA the possibilities and the associated costs.

It was pointed out that those who need the help aren't always the ones who ask for help. It was agreed that mentoring is for everybody, not just those having trouble. Don't wait for the next meeting to pass on ideas.

David Vroman led the membership in the Phi Beta Mu Installation and Oath. The following new members were presented with their Phi Beta Mu pins and were welcomed by the membership:

David Bean

Larry Polk Clifford Kaminsky Randy Sundell Richard Mayer Joseph Lawrence Ann Lusher


We remember those lost to us this past year.

In memory of

W.W. “Walt” Chunn, Jr.

Fred Hubbell, Paul E. Lyon and Frances Smet-Mehrer

Vroman: It is the mission of Phi Beta Mu to seek out those instrumental music educators that not only have made significant contributions to the levels of performance of students both in our elementary and secondary schools together with colleges and universities, but represent the highest ethical and moral standards possible in both their daily lives and the performance of their work.

To that end, our association offers us contact and interaction with persons of inspiration whose examples serve as a constant reminder of the importance of character and moral compass in our noble profession. As a consequence this admiration and respect draws each of us closer within the mission of the chapter.

When one of our number is lost to us through passing the ties that hold us together are weakened by that void. Let us pause in our deliberations and reflect on those of our number who have departed from their earthly labors:

Reader #1

William Walton Chunn was born May 23, 1922 in Henry County, Tennessee, the son of a high school principal. He began his college education in Tennessee before serving in W.W. II as a naval officer in the Pacific. Returning at the end of the war to Murray State University in Kentucky, he earned his Bachelors in Music Education in 1948. His major instrument was piano, and he played professionally in jazz bands while in college at Murray State. He received his Master of Music from George Peabody College in 1952.

Walt Chunn began his first and only teaching position in 1948 in Harrisburg, Illinois as the junior high band director and instrumental music instructor for the elementary schools. The Malan Junior High School Band performed at many universities in Illinois and was selected to perform at the 1967 Mid-West Band Clinic in Chicago and the 1974 Southeastern United States Band Clinic in Troy, Alabama. His band program had guest conductors over the years that included Dr. John Paynter, Colonel Arnald Gabriel, Dr. Harry Begian and Vaclav Nelhybel. He was a member of the American Bandmasters Association and was presented as a Charter Member in 1984 of the Bandmasters Hall of Fame by Phi Beta Mu XI Chapter, State of Illinois. He retired from the Harrisburg School System in 1985 after 37 years of teaching.

His retirement years were spent with time split between Harrisburg, Illinois and Southern California until 2006. He passed away November 3, 2007 in Hudson, Ohio where he and his wife were living close to his son.

Reader #2

Fred M. Hubbell was born March 9, 1924 in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Rockford East High School in 1942 and then attended the University of Illinois where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. He was a music instructor at Mount Carroll Public School and Park Ridge elementary School for nearly 30 years. His wife, Corinne, was concerned about music opportunities for performance when they were married and moved to the Rockford area. However, it all turned out quite well as Fred played with the Rockford Concert Band and Pop’s Orchestra performing at the Sinnissippi Park Band Shell. In fact, when he first moved to Rockford he joined the Kishwaukee Valley Community Band as a clarinetist and then became its conductor, a position he held for nearly ten years.

Fred was a member of the First Evangelical Covenant Church, where he was a member of the chancel choir, the male chorus and, where he founded the Christian Fellowship Band. This band played at many retirement homes and churches throughout the area and Fred composed and arranged many numbers for those performances.

Fred passed away at 6:09 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2007, in his home. His wife, Corinne of Rockford, survives him.

Reader #3

Mr. E. Paul Lyon was born May 27, 1912 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky and he spent much of his early life growing up in Van Lear, KY. He attended and graduated from Ashland high school. He attained a B.A. in Education as a double major in Music and English from Marshall College in Huntington, WV. He earned his master’s in music through Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago and he also attained an M.A. in Education/Music from Peabody College in Nashville, TN.

Mr. Lyon served with the U.S. Army during WWII in the Special Services Branch providing entertainment for the troops. He taught in War, West Virginia at Big Creek District High School for 1 year, in Jenkins, KY, in Waverly, IL for one year, and in Lovington, IL for 3 years. Following his military service Mr. Lyon returned to Jenkins and taught there for 6 years. Mr. Lyon came to Highland, IL in 1951 and retired from the school district in 1973. While at Highland, he served as Director of Bands and in later years as Director of the Music Department. His band played at the New York World's Fair in 1965 and they participated in Band Days at the University of Illinois and at the University of Missouri, where they were the only Illinois band. Mr. Lyon directed the Highland Municipal Band for 26 years.

He was a member of First Congregational Church in Highland, IL; Past President of South Central Illinois Band Directors Association, IMEA District 6 Band Division president for 3 years; Past President of Madison County Band Directors Association; a 50 year member of A.F. & A.M. (Masons); Past Commander of the American Legion in Jenkins, Kentucky, and active in his church as Chairman of Trustees, Chairman of Deaconate, President of the Congregation for six years, Chairman of Missionary Action Fund, and Choir Director for many years.

He moved to Woolrich, PA in 2005 and died Monday, May 7, 2007, at Heartland Personal Care Home in Woolrich.

Reader #4

Frances Smet-Mehrer was born June 14, 1934 in Chicago, the daughter of Adolf Peter and Germaine Deschryver Smet. She was a music major at Illinois Wesleyan University graduating in 1956. She married Richard Mehrer and he preceded her in death in 1999.

Frances taught at Chebanse Elementary and then the Brookwood School District retiring in 1996. She was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, Sigma Alpha Iota, and the Illinois Wesleyan University Alumni Association. She

was a member of St. Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Chebanse. She stayed active as a performer as a member of the Municipal Band, the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra at Olivet and the Chicago Heights Symphony Orchestra. In addition to loving music she enjoyed boating as a pastime.

Vroman closed with a prayer.

Presentation of the Outstanding Bandmaster Award

Donald W. Shupe

Mr. Shupe received his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in 1973 and his master's degree from Northwestern in 1974. He has been the band director at Libertyville High School since 1974. As director of bands, Mr. Shupe conducts the Freshman Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band and Jazz Ensemble I. He also teaches Jazz Improvisation.

Mr. Shupe is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the American School Band Directors Association, the National Association of Jazz Educators, Phi Beta Mu, and the American Bandmasters Association. In March of 1995, Mr. Shupe was honored as "Educator of the Month" and in June of 1995, he received the Chicagoland Music Educator Award sponsored by Quinlan and Fabish Music Company. In 1998 he was voted the "Mr. Holland's Opus Award" sponsored by Bob Rogers Travel. The Libertyville High School Student Council honored him as the “Educator of the Year” for the 2001-2002 school years.

Mr. Shupe is active as a guest conductor for both concert band and jazz band. In 1994, he was the guest conductor of the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Ensemble. In 1995, Mr. Shupe was the guest conductor of the Birch Creek Summer Jazz Camp. In 1998 and 2002 he conducted the Senior Concert Band at the University of Illinois Summer Youth Music Program.

The L.H.S. Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Shupe, performed at the Illinois Music Educators All-State Conference in 1994 and 1998. In May of 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2007 the Wind Ensemble was named the Honor Band at the University of Illinois' Superstate Band Competition. The Wind Ensemble performed as the Honor Band at the 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2005 Superstate Contests. The Wind Ensemble earned its highest honor with its performance at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1998 and 2004. He has also guest conducted All District Bands in Connecticut and North Carolina.

Under his direction, the L.H.S. Jazz Ensemble has won at least one jazz festival in 29 of the last 33 years. Jazz Ensemble I was selected to perform at the National Band Association Convention in June of 1992 and had the honor of performing at the Mid- West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1982 and again in 1993.

Presentation of the Hall of Fame Award

Charlie Menghini

Charlie Menghini is President, Professor of Music and Director of Bands at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to his appointment as President in August of 2004, Charlie served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Bands. He began his teaching at VanderCook College in 1994 and his teaching has included conducting, organization and administration, curriculum and supervision, brass methods and rehearsal techniques classes.

Charlie brought 18 years of successful high school band experience in Missouri and Kansas with him to VanderCook. The bands under his direction received consistent Division I ratings in regional, state and national music festivals, performed at various state music educator conventions and performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade, Orange Bowl Parade, Bands of America International Festival and the fifteenth Olympic Winter Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Charlie is originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan. He earned his B.S. in Music Education from Northern Michigan University. He holds a Masters degree in Education and a Doctorate of Arts in Wind Conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Gary Hill. In addition to Gary, Charlie recognizes Tim Lautzenheiser and Gary Green as being the most-influential teachers in his growth and development.

Charlie frequently serves as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and has actively worked with over 350 school and community ensembles from 20 states as well as Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. He has conducted all-state ensembles in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Georgia, South Carolina, Nebraska, New York and Virginia, and has presented numerous clinics at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and state music educators in-services throughout the world

In March of 2006, the Music Educators National Conference honored Charlie by naming him a Lowell Mason Fellow. He was elected to membership in the American Bandmasters Association in 2001. He is also active in the College Band Directors National Association, the National Band Association, Music Educators National Conference and Phi Beta Mu. He was inducted into the Alpha Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society for Music - the highest honor a conservatory faculty can bestow on a student in recognition of outstanding musicianship and scholarly

achievement, and in the year 2000 he was inducted as an honorary member of the VanderCook College Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Charlie is an educational consultant for the Hal Leonard Corporation of Milwaukee, WI and serves on the Midwest Clinic convention committee. An active performer, Charlie played lead trumpet in the Kansa City Chiefs Professional Football Band for fifteen seasons

In addition to his musical accolades, Charlie is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, is Past President of the Rotary Club of Chicago Near South and is a member of the Board of Directors of both the First Friday Club of Chicago and the Chinese American Service League.

We all know that - as proud as Charlie must be to have been honored for his service in so many different ways - he is always most proud of the accomplishments of his students. Charlie is an inspirational mentor for so many young musicians. He is devoted to teaching not just music - but the art of teaching music and the joy of making music - and those are some of the many reasons we honor him today.

It is with great pleasure that we present Charlie Menghini with the Phi Beta Mu Bandmaster Hall of Fame Award for his many years of mentorship and motivation to thousands of young musicians across the world.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted by Stephanie Kirk