1976 – Hugh McMillen

Hugh E. McMillen, noted music educator and Director of Bands at the University of Colorado from 1936 to 1978, passed away on November 6, 1992 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 79. A native of Athens, Michigan, he earned his B.M.E. degree at Northwestern University and M.M.E. degree at the University of Colorado.

“Mac” came to Boulder in 1935 as the first full-time instrumental teacher for the Boulder Public Schools. In 1936 he assumed the directorship of the University of Colorado Marching Band and that of the CU Concert Band in 1937. In 1940 he was appointed full-time band director. The first CU Band Day was inaugurated by Hugh on October 15, 1938 and became an annual even after World War II, peaking in later years with over 100 bands in attendance. During the next forty-two years, Hugh McMillen built a band program that included the Golden Buff Marching Band, a varsity and a small concert band in addition to a symphonic band (which was a relatively new concept in performance of concert band literature at that time). Hugh also taught all the brass and percussion classes, and some woodwind classes well, until 1948.

Hugh McMillen was a great communicator as well as band director. “Mac” was elected the first CMEA President (1943-46) after being President of the Colorado Instrumental Directors Association. He also served as president of the Southwestern Division of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), and Kappa Kappa Psi-Tau Beta Sigma, a national band honorary. Hugh served on the editorial board of the Music Educators Journal, as past editor of the “ABA News” column of The School Musician. He also served as Director of the Boulder Civic Band from 1935 to 1945 and Conductor of the Boulder Concert Band from 1978-86. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha and Pi Kappa Lambda.

In 1985 he was elected to the first CMEA Hall of Fame and was designated as a Trendsetter in Music Education in Colorado by CMEA in 1986. Hugh received numerous music and academic honors, including CU’s Robert L. Steams Award in 1969, Bandmaster of the Year from the Colorado Bandmasters Association in 1976, CMEA’s Outstanding Service Award in 1981, the CU President’s Citation for Emeritus Professors in 1986, the American School Band Directors Association’s (ASBDA) Edwin Franko Goodman Award in 1984, the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Award in 1989, and the DCB College of Music Distinguished Professor Emeritus Award in 1990. “Mac” will be most remembered for the entire generation of school band directors he developed and inspired.

1977 – Wayman Walker

Wayman Walker taught instrumental music in Colorado for 31 years; four as band director in Craig, Colorado and twenty seven years as Director of Bands at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

Among the many achievements and awards attributed to Wayman are:

  • Founder of the All Colorado All-State Honor Band in 1952
  • Selected outstanding UNC faculty member by associated students two different years
  • National recognition as Director of UNC Symphonic Band
  • Membership in the American Bandmaster’s Association
  • Elected Colorado Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 1977
  • Elected Colorado Music Education Association Hall of Fame in 1985
  • President Kappa Kappa Psi 1967-1969
  • Past President of the Southwest Division of College Band Directors
  • UNC School of Music Hall of Honor
  • Engagements as consultant and clinician for school band programs throughout the United States
  • Member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Blue Key – Phi Beta Mu

Our friend and fellow music teacher Wayman Walker died January 5, 1997 in Bullhead City, Arizona.

1978 – Charles Nicholls

Charles S. Nicholls, better known as “Chick” to most, was born in Fruita, Colorado. He attended schools in Fruita and Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction before graduating from the University of Colorado, and taking special music training at the VanderCook School of Music in Chicago, Illinois.

His teaching career started in 1928 in Fruita, Colorado where he taught instrumental music until 1938. From 1938 to the date of his retirement in 1971, he was Director of Bands in the Englewood Public Schools. World War II in 1943 took him to the South Pacific and Philippines where he served with the 376th A.S.F. Band until the end of the war.

On two occasions the Englewood High School Band, under Mr. Nicholls’ direction, was chosen to play for the Colorado Educators Association Convention in Denver. On two other occasions the Band was selected as the outstanding instrumental organization to represent high schools of the state at the annual Colorado Music Educators Convention in Denver. Also the E.H.S. Band in 1963 was written up as “Band of the Month” in the national magazine, The School Musician.

Charles was President of the Colorado Instrumental Directors Association in 1954-1955, and was Colorado Music Educators Association Annual Convention Equipment Chairman for ten years when the Convention was being held at the Albany Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

Other endeavors by Mr. Nicholls included Chairmanship of the Committee to devise a method of auditioning for participation in the Colorado Music Educators Association annual Convention Program.

Mr. Nicholls was one of the original nine band directors chosen by Robert Flanders to be included in his Doctoral Dissertation. The history of his contributions to music education has been documented in a slide presentation and can be found in the Colorado Music Education Association Archives located in Greeley at the University of Northern Colorado.

Charles was privileged to receive several awards during his music career: In 1978 Mr. Nicholls was the 1st High School Band Director to receive the Director of the Year award from the Colorado Bandmasters Association. He was chosen Outstanding Bandmaster from Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Chapter in 1982 and was selected as a Music Educator to be included in “Trendsetters in Music Education in Colorado” by the Colorado Music Educators Association.

1979 – Earl Faulkner

Earl Faulkner was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1918. He graduated from Longmont High School and The University of Northern Colorado. His first teaching jobs were in Granada, La Junta and Oshkosh, Nebraska. The main focus of his teaching career was in Greeley, where he remained until he retired in 1978. He served as President of the Greeley Teachers Association for two terms.

In 1949 Earl started the first stage band festival in Colorado and began teaching at the Western State College Band Camp. In 1950 he was instrumental in the beginning of All-State Band. In 1963 he began teaching at the Colorado State University Music Camp and did so for 20 years.

Active in affairs of the Colorado Bandmasters Association he served as President for two years and was selected Bandmaster of the Year in 1977 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979.

He served on the Board of the Colorado Music Educators’ Association and was featured in the Second Edition of Trendsetters in Colorado Music Education. He has directed honor bands and adjudicated throughout the state. He composed the fight songs for Greeley Central High School and John Evans Middle School.

Mr. Faulkner was a member of Phi Beta Mu, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, and Phi Delta Pi. He was honorary marshal for the Greeley Independence Day parade in 1978 and was designated as Greeley’s recipient of an Outstanding Citizen Award by the Noon Kiwanis Club. He served as President of the Union Colony Pioneer Society.

Upon his retirement, Earl and his wife Dorothy moved to Estes Park. He became active in life there, joining the Community Church of the Rockies, Rotary Club of Estes Park, Knights of the Belt Buckle, the Estes Valley Improvement Association and the Estes Park Ambassadors.

Many of Faulkner’s former students are current or retired music educators, playing professionally or participating in community music groups. Earl Faulkner passed away in Estes Park on January 12, 1991.

1980 – J. L. Gerardi, Ph. D.

Dr. J.L. Gerardi is a native of Colorado, born and raised in Trinidad. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Northern Colorado, his M.S. degree from U.C.L.A. and his Doctor of Philosophy in music education from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Gerardi served as band director for Englewood Public Schools from 1963 to 1988. During that time he conducted both junior and senior high school marching bands, concert bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras. His famous “Pirate” marching band appeared nationwide, including two trips to the Portland Rose Festival where they won the sweepstakes trophy both times, and two unprecedented trips to march in the famed Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. Before moving to Englewood, Dr. Gerardi taught for two years in Durango. He also served as assistant principal at Flood Middle School in Englewood from 1990 to 1993. In addition to his former duties with the Englewood Schools, he served as Director of Entertainment for the Denver Broncos Football Club and director the Denver Broncos Band from 1968 to 1994. He continued to work for the Broncos Marketing Department as a member of their entertainment team until his retirement in 1998. He also served as a member of the Colorado Bandmaster’s Association Board in the area of public relations. Dr. Gerardi is in constant demand as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator both in and out of Colorado. He continues to direct professional bands in the Denver area.

Dr. Gerardi has received numerous honors including being named to the Colorado Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame by the Colorado Bandmaster’s Association, being named Director of the Year by Phi Beta Mu, his honorary band fraternity, and being named to the Colorado Music Educators’ Association Hall of Fame by the 1200 member Colorado Music Educators’ Association. He was named Citizen of the Year by the City of Englewood and was selected as Outstanding Music Educator by the National Federation of Interscholastic Music, both in 1994. In 2003 he was named Alumnus of the Year by the College of Music at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

1981 – Robert Jeffrey

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1982 – Sid Rosen

Sid Rosen, a Colorado native, grew up in Pueblo. He attended Pueblo College and obtained his Bachelor and Masters Degrees from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

He began his teaching career in Kansas. Most of his time as a music educator was spent at Pueblo Central High School and Freed Middle School. Sid was very active in the musical life of Pueblo. During his career with the Pueblo Symphony Sid played seven different instruments. He was instrumental in the founding of the “Pride City Band” Pueblo’s All City High School band. On his 75th birthday, the “Pride City Band” performed for Mr. Rosen and the city proclaimed the day “Sidney Robert Rosen Day”. Sid was know affectionately as “Pueblo’s Music Man” and received many letters from students and parents thanking him for his tireless service and commitment to his students. He was an outstanding euphonium player and percussionist. He was well liked by his students and many of them went on to be music educators and performers.

Also active in organizations, he was greatly involved with the American School Band Directors Association. He served as the National President of A.S.B.D.A and several offices in the state organization. He was also a member and secretary of Phi Beta Mu and was active in the Colorado Bandmasters Association, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. He was selected as “one of Americas great music teachers” in 1967 by School Musician Magazine.

Prolific as an arranger he had several publications to his credit and composed or arranged many school songs. Mr. Rosen passed away in Pueblo in 1999.

1983 – Steve Asheim

Steve Asheim was director of bands at Heritage High School since 1977 and has taught public school music for the past 27 years. Steve retired in 2002.

In 1984-85 he taught in the Borough of Waltham Forest as a peripatetic brass specialist. During that school year he conducted one of the wind bands, the district jazz ensemble, and started a percussion ensemble He also performed regularly with the Chris Holmes Brass Ensemble of London. He has been guest conductor of many Colorado honor bands and served as conductor of the 1987 Colorado All-State Jazz Ensemble. Steve was the conductor of the Rocky Mountain Brassworks British Brass Band for thirteen years. In 2005 Mr. Asheim became the Musical Director of the Western State/Colorado Brass Band.

In 1983 he received the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame Award and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Western State College. In 1990, he was a finalist for the Colorado Teacher of the Year Award and in 1991 was awarded the prestigious National Educator Award from the Milken Family Foundation. He is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado and received his Masters Degree from the University of Northern Colorado.

Upon retirement, Steve continued his musical career with Flesher-Hinton Music. Steve and Marcia have two children.

1984 – Joseph M. Brice

Joe Brice retired as Band Director and Coordinator of Fine Arts at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora in 2000. He received his BA from Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa and MA from the University of South Dakota.

In addition to Smoky Hill, Mr. Brice has been the Interim Director of Bands, University of Northern Colorado (1984-85), Director of Bands and Supervisor of Music, LaMars Community Schools (1958-74) and Director of Sioux Valley Symphony (1967-70). Currently, Joe conducts the Over the Hill Adult Band Smoky Hill High School, the Highlands Ranch Community Band and Swing Shift Jazz Band. In retirement he is still active as an adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and volunteer in schools throughout the state.

Mr. Brice’s memberships include the Retired Colorado Bandmasters Association (Chairman 2000), Colorado Bandmasters Association (President 1982-83 and 1990-91), Colorado Music Educators’ Association (Chair Instrumental Affairs 1987-89), C.H.S.A.A. Music Committee, Colorado Task Force to Save Music Education, Northwest Iowa Bandmasters Association (President 1970), American School Band Directors Association and M.E.N.C.

Under Joe’s leadership, the Smoky Hill Band was the only band from the U.S. invited to Taiwan for the Pacific Rim Arts Festival in 1998 and was consistently received Superior Ratings in marching, concert and jazz. It was consistently in the top ten marching bands in Colorado.

Mr. Brice has been a guest conductor for the C.S.U. Honor Band, Rushmore Music Camp, C.B.A. All-State Jazz Band and has been a clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout Colorado and the Western U.S. He was selected by Band World Magazine Legion of Honor as one of the Ten Best Band Directors in the United States (1992), the winner of the Sudler National Order of Merit from the John Philip Sousa Foundation (1992), National Music Educator of the Year from the National High School Activities Association (1992 and 2000), Colorado Teachers Award (1986 and 1989) and the Outstanding Young Educators Award from the National J.C.’s (LaMars, Iowa 1969).

Joe is married to Carol and has six grown children and four grandchildren. Carol is Joe’s greatest supporter and active in his musical life. In retirement he enjoys downhill skiing, international and national travel, camping and four wheeling, cars and music.

1985 – John Kincaid

John Kincaid was born in Rouse, Colorado, from age nine he was raised in La Veta, Colorado. During WWII he served in the Third Marine Division, FMF, Pacific.

John Kincaid holds degrees from Western State College and The University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty of Western State College in 1961, he had taught in the U.S. Marine Corps School of Music, Center and Montrose High Schools in Colorado, and at Texas A & I University (now Texas A & M), Kingsville.

Mr. Kincaid has long been interested in the British Brass Band, has twice traveled to New Zealand to do research on brass bands, and attended a brass band school at Marlborough College in England. Since 1974 he has offered brass band workshops at Western State College and in the Denver area. Although retired from the faculty of Western State College since May, 1986, as Emeritus Professor of Music, Mr. Kincaid continues to be actively involved in the musical life of Colorado, Western State College, and the Gunnison community.

In 1985 Mr. Kincaid was elected to the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame; in 1990 he was presented with the Outstanding Bandmasters Award by the Kappa’ Chapter of Phi Beta Mu of Colorado; and in 1993 he was inducted into the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame.