Annual Meeting Minutes - Phi Beta Mu - Illinois - January 24, 2014
President Vroman called the meeting to order at 11:59 a.m.
New members _________________________________were initiated.
The 2013 meeting minutes were approved as presented.
Executive Secretary’s Report
With the recent passing of Executive Secretary, Charles Groeling, President Vroman gave the report. He said that an email had been sent to the members telling of Mr. Groeling’s recent death. Charles’ family members are helping President Vroman with the transition.
Outstanding Bandmaster Award and Hall of Fame Award Reports
Nominations were made, researched and accepted for both committees. Michael Fansler mentioned that nominations will be accepted any time throughout the year. No need to wait until the fall mailing. George Caton mentioned that the committees would love to have more nominations each year.
Web Page Report
John Springbrunn encouraged members to send their biographies to him to put on the website. Please send them to John ready to publish. http://www.phibetamuxi.org/
Bernie Potter reported that the ILMEA Committee (Bernie Potter, Stephanie Kirk, John Springbrunn, Bill McClellen) is looking for next year’s clinic topics and clinicians. Suggested topics were technology, uniforms and (Michael Fansler) clinic with the WIU band. Applications to lead next year’s clinic will be due next month.
This being a Phi Beta Mu officer election year, Ann Lusher reported that she sent out a letter to the entire membership asking if anyone had any recommendations for officers. She did not receive any suggestions. After the committee looked over the membership and the current slate of officers, they decided to ask each of the current officers if they would agree to serve another two year term. The officers all agreed to be nominated to serve another term. Michael Fansler made the motion to re-elect the current slate of officers: David Vroman - President; John Springbrunn - Vice-President; Laura Ramseyer - Recording Secretary. The motion was seconded by Gene Montgomery. Motion Carried.
The Executive Director will be appointed by the officers of the chapter.
The duties of this office: Maintain Dues, Manage Membership List,
Present Annual Report, Order Pins and Plaques and Take care of Correspondence.
President Vroman thanked the membership for sponsoring the ILMEA clinic presented on January 23rd. He also reminded members to contact an officer if he/she would like to serve on any Phi Beta Mu committee.
In closing, President Vroman shared Charles’ obituary and asked for a moment of silence in his memory.
The meeting was adjourned for lunch.
Outstanding Bandmaster Award was presented to David W. Maccabee
David W. Maccabee has been Director of Bands at United Township High School, in East Moline, Illinois, since 1986. He previously taught in the Geneseo and Nokomis, Illinois school systems. At United Township High School, he is director of all instrumental music ensembles, including Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band. During Mr. Maccabee’s tenure, enrollment in the UTHS Band program has grown from 100 to nearly 200 members.
Mr. Maccabee was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and raised in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. He moved to Illinois at the age of 16, and graduated from J.D. Darnall High School in Geneseo, Illinois. In 1982, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Augustana College (IL). He received his Master’s Degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music Education in 1989.
Under Mr. Maccabee’s direction, the UTHS Band program has achieved a national reputation for excellence that has earned them numerous honors and awards. The United Township High School Symphonic Band has performed on 3 occasions for the Illinois Music Educator’s Association All-State Convention, 5 times at the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival, the University of Illinois Super-State Band Festival, the Western Illinois University Band Showcase, twice at Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and at the “French Reed’s Music Festival” in La Croix Valmer, France – the first high school band ever to perform at this highly acclaimed event. In 1998, the UTHS Symphonic Band performed at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, performing in front of a worldwide audience of over 1500 people. The band has received superior ratings in every festival they have participated in for the past 22 years.
In addition, the UTHS Marching Panthers have earned a reputation as one of the premiere marching bands in the state of Illinois. Amongst the band’s accomplishments are more than 30 Grand Championships over the past 20 years, including 6 Class Championships at the State of Illinois Invitational Marching Band Championships at Illinois State University, an event where they have been a finalist on 18 occasions.
David Maccabee is also a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country. He has conducted numerous summer band camps, including Western Illinois University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Illinois. Mr. Maccabee has also served the Illinois Music Educator’s Association as Division Chair, All-State Auditioner, and the IMEA Mentoring Council. His professional affiliations include the United Township Education Association, the National Education Association, the Illinois Music Educator’s Association, the
Music Educator’s National Conference, the National Band Association, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Mr. Maccabee has received citations of excellence from the city of East Moline, the East Moline Rotary Club, John Deere and Co., United Township High School, Western Illinois University, and Vander Cook College of Music. In addition, Mr. Maccabee has received the National Band Association’s Citation of Excellence on 7 different occasions. In 1998, Mr. Maccabee became the first recipient of the “Dr. Victor Zajec Award”, given to him in recognition of the UTHS Symphonic Band’s performance at the 1998 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic. In 2000, Mr. Maccabee was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmaster’s Association.
David resides in East Moline, Illinois, with his wife of 24 years, Sara, and their three children, 21 year old twin daughters Eryn (a senior at Augustana College) and Elyse (a senior at DePaul University), and their 15 year old son, Connor (a junior at United Township High School.).
Hall of Fame Award was presented to David Wetmore
David Wetmore joined the staff of Macomb Sr. High School in the fall of 1985. Under his direction the band has evolved to include Concert Band, Wind Symphony, jazz ensemble, two pep bands, and an active chamber music program. The band has received numerous awards including being selected as the honor band at the University of Illinois Superstate competition six times. In 2000 and 2007 the Wind Symphony was selected as one of the sixteen bands from across the United States to participate in the Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Concert Band and Wind Symphony have received first division ratings at both the National Adjudicator’s Festival in St. Louis and the Grand National Adjudicator’s Festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Wind Symphony was selected as the Honor Band at both of these festivals. The Marching Band has numerous awards in addition to being selected to be a participant in the Indianapolis 500 Parade in 1996.
Mr. Wetmore attended the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory Of Music and graduated from Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. He received his Master of Music degree in trumpet performance from Boston University. His principal trumpet teachers were Roger Voisin, Boston Symphony Orchestra; James Darling, Cleveland Orchestra; Gene Young, Oberlin College, and Esotto Pellegrini, Youngstown State University. He has been a Summer Music Fellow at Northwestern University and has also done graduate study at Kent State University, Western Illinois University, and Illinois State University. He has been a recipient of the Jaycees Young Educator Award, the Wal Mart teacher of the year award and the National Band Association Citation of Excellence. In 2005 the Macomb Chapter of Rotary International named David Wetmore as a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, Mr. Wetmore has been a presenter at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago in 2000 and 2012. His professional affiliations include: the Music Educator’s National Conference, the Illinois Music Educators Association, the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, the National Band Association, the American School Band Directors Association, Phi Beta Mu and Pi Kappa Lambda. Still active as a
performer, Mr. Wetmore is principal trumpet in the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra. He and his wife Marsha live in Macomb, Illinois and have two sons Michael and Matthew.
President Vroman closed the meeting at 1:12 p.m.