Induction into the Phi Beta Mu International Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a fraternity member. In 74 years of Phi Beta Mu history, only six members have received this recognition. Induction into this prestigious group of individuals implies a significant contribution not only to our profession, but also to the growth and vitality of the International organization.
Phi Beta Mu International announces the induction of three of our most distinguished colleagues: Richard Crain, James Slutz, and Robert Eklund. They have served Phi Beta Mu with passion and integrity and we acknowledge their long service and commitment to the International organization and our profession.
RICHARD CRAIN served as Executive Secretary of Phi Beta Mu International for over 30 years. He was the constant figure through eight presidents and many board members. He was the single person that saw us through the transition from the 1970s into the new millennium. His strong conviction and gentle spirit have left an indelible mark on the identity of our organization.
JAMES SLUTZ was the Editor of the Phi Beta Mu Report for over two decades — a role he executed with passion, dedication and integrity. In turn, ROBERT EKLUND developed and implemented the International website in 2001 and has served as its webmaster since its inception. Robert has shared his expertise and given countless hours of his time to ensure the longevity and health of Phi Beta Mu International. James and Robert have collectively served Phi Beta Mu International for over 30 years. They have facilitated the communications of our organization from the traditional medium of print to the virtual communication of the contemporary website.
The scope of the Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity would be not be what it is today without the contributions and sacrifice of these gentlemen. We are grateful for their gifts of time, energy, and expertise. They have given of themselves and we are richer for it.
The debt is ours … thank you!