Gamma Chapter | Indiana, USA

  • Charter granted: 1946
  • First meeting: 1953.

    Since being founded in 1953, Gamma Chapter has initiated over 250 members. The Chapter was organized by Harold Walters who had become an early honorary member of Phi Beta Mu.

  • Charter members included:
    Richard Bowles; Merle Bucklew; Frank Cofield; Carroll Copeland; Charles Henzie; Nilo Hovey; Larry Johnston; Roy Johnson; William Kleyla; Col. Herbert B. Laswell; Aden K. Long; Dr. Newell H. Long; Don Marketto; Clarence Marocco; William Marocco; Donald Minix; Ben Niles; Bazil O’Reilley; Joseph Owens; Maurice Shadley; Claude B. Smith; Elbert (Al) Stodden; George Vaught; Dalton Wicker

  • First officers: Maurice Shadley, President; Bazil O’Reilley, Vice President; Frank Cofield, Secretary/Treasurer

Current Membership:

  • 138 members: 71 active; 63 retired active; 4 honorary; 12 inactive

Annual Meeting:

  • First Saturday of December in the Indianapolis area for business meeting and luncheon
  • Attendance at meetings averages 85.

Awards Given:

  • Hall of Fame and Outstanding Bandmaster Awards presented at Indiana Bandmasters Association All-State Band Concert in March

Chapter Traditions:

  • A golf outing is held each summer.
  • Part of our flower/memorial fund is supported by ‘fining’ members who forget to wear their pins.

Current Projects:

  • Mentoring for 1st year and young directors
  • Sponsoring 1 or more young directors to the Conn-Selmer Clinic
  • Podium exchange between members
  • Recognizing pioneers of the early band movement in Indiana

Current News

  • A recent update of our public website includes a photo and brief information about current members. For more information, visit Gamma Chapter’s website.