Hall of Fame 



Dawn Cornwell Patelke retired in 2010 from the position of band and choral director at Union County High School, where she directed the concert and marching band, the jazz band and the concert choir. During her tenure at Union County High School, the music department expanded in size and quality, with student representation in All-East and All-State Honor Bands, Orchestra and Choral Ensembles, the Tennessee Governor's Schools for the Arts and performances at ETSBOA and ETVA Concert Festivals and Tennessee State Concert Band and Choral Festivals. In the fall of 1999, the UCHS band was the first Tennessee Band to be awarded the Mr. Holland’s Opus Grant.

Ms. Patelke received the B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Tech in 1977 and the M.M. in Music Education from University of Tennessee in 1997.  She is a member of East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, East Tennessee Vocal Association, and Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association, serving from 2007 - 2013 as the Executive Secretary-Treasurer.

She performed as 3rd horn with the Oak Ridge Symphony from 1979 to 2000, and has been a member of the Knoxville Choral Society and the East Tennessee Concert Band and Knoxville Community Band.


R. Craig Valentine received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Arts in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. He taught band for 25+ years where his bands received numerous superior ratings in both marching and concert. The Oneida band was a 2 -time finalist at the Tennessee Class A Band Championships, finishing 6th in the state both years. He is a Lifetime Member of TSSBDA, having served as Representative-at-Large for Small schools and 2 terms as President. He is an Honorary Lifetime Member of ETSBOA and a member of Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity. Active as an adjudicator and clinician throughout the southeastern United States. He also is still active as a private teacher where he has had numerous students attain both All-East Tennessee and All-State honors. He is active as a trumpet player , he currently plays in The Orchestra at Maryville College, The Maryville College Concert band and The Craggy Top Brass Quintet. He also played many years in the Knoxville Community Band and the Brad Walker Orchestra as well as freelancing in numerous churches in the area. He currently resides in Alcoa with his wife Heidi. 


Mike began his Tennessee Tech experience as an engineering freshman.  After one year, he changed majors to music education.  While at Tech, Mike was active in most band activities including the Tenn Tech Tuba Ensemble and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha- Music Fraternity.  He and his Dad designed, and produced the "Kincaid Tuba Mute".  Those mutes have been used in performances at Carnegie Hall, and are still produced in small quantity by the International Tuba Euphonium Association chapter at Tech.  Mike also became certified as a scuba diver, and made several parachute jumps with the Tennessee Tech Skydivers.

Mike began his career as an intern at Alcoa High School in 1975.  After graduating from Tech in 1976, he served his first appointment at Greenback High School.  He accepted the Loudon High School appointment from 1977-1978, then moved to Rockwood High School 1979 - 1983.  From Rockwood, he moved to Harriman High School where he taught until his untimely death in 2002.

At Harriman, Mike taught several subjects and was band director for the Harriman High School "Rhapsody in Blue" band.  He served as deacon, choir director, and choir member of the First Baptist Church of Rockwood, and was an assistant Scoutmaster for his Boy Scout Troop.  Mike initiated the Boys soccer program at Harriman High, and was the first coach for boys soccer.  He was a member of the East Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Association, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Education Association, National Education Association, and President of the Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Directors Association.

Mike spent his career working with kids in rural schools. He was close to his students and was able to teach the children of his former students as they grew to high school age.  Like other band directors in the secondary schools, Mike was able to perform the "magic" of taking a child with no idea of music or musical instruments and teaching that child to play and enjoy music.  Since funding was always short, Mike had established "contacts" at the local pawn shops.  The proprietors would contact him when musical instruments became available and Mike would purchase and repair them so that each band member could have a better chance at having an instrument.

Mike's funeral was a fitting tribute to a good man and a great asset to his community.  There were more than 1,200 who attended visitation, some waiting over 4 hours to speak with the family.  Over 800 attended Mike's funeral, and there were 200+ at the graveside service.  Due to the number of students desiring to attend, classes at Harriman were suspended for the day.  During the following weeks, several local bands dedicated their halftime shows or specific music to Mike's memory.  On November 8th, the Harriman "Rhapsody in Blue" band dedicated their halftime performance to Mike, and the following Eulogy was read:

Early in 2003, the Tennessee Secondary School Band Director Association (TSSBDA) commissioned Mr. Mark Harrell to write a piece in memory of Mike. Mr. Harrell wrote Paschal Suite.  On January 31, 2004; the "Blue Band" of the TSSBDA Senior Clinic Band Festival presented the World Premier of this piece, conducted by Mr. Mark Harrell. The piece is challenging yet attainable for High School musicians willing to work toward a higher standard.  Very representative of Mike's teaching philosophy, and a fitting tribute.


The first inductees into the T.S.S.B.D.A. Hall of Fame received their plaques at the Senior Clinic Concert, February 22, 2014 at Cocke County High school. Listed from l-r are Glen Rogers, Larry Hicks, Stanley Barnes, and Ric Best (John Culvahouse not present)



Mr. Barnes, of “Youth Music of The World”, is an active adjudicator and clinician throughout the United States and Europe in both secondary and University situations. He has been honored by the National Band Association and the Mid-West Clinic. His bands have performed on CBS, NBC, ABC, and BBC. He has been elected an Honorary Life Member of the East Tennessee Band & Orchestra Association, the Tennessee Secondary Schools Band Director’s Association, and the Tennessee chapter of Phi Beta Mu, of which he is the immediate past president. Mr. Barnes has also been elected to both the ETSBO&A Hall of Fame and the TN Bandmasters Hall of Fame.


Dr. Ric Best has served instrumental music for forty-two years with the Cocke County, TN schools, the Lenoir City Schools and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. While at Lenoir City his concert bands received seventeen superior ratings in Grade VI at the state sanctioned ETSB&OA concert festival.  At UT Chattanooga he served as assistant director of bands with Professor Anthony J. D'Andrea, was responsible for the Moc Pep Bands and taught a variety of wind band repertoire and methods courses.  He holds a Doctorate in School Administration and Music Education from UT Knoxville where he studied conducting with Dr. W.J. Julian. Ric served fourteen years on the TMEA Board of Directors and was president of the ETSB&OA, the TSSBDA and the Phi Beta Mu Honorary Bandmasters fraternity. He is twice a Sudler Laureate, a member of the Sousa Legion of Honor and is a member of the ETSB&OA Hall of Fame, the Tennessee Bandmaster's Hall of Fame, the Lenoir City Sports Hall of Fame, was awarded the Tennessee Outstanding Achievement Award by Governor Lamar Alexander and was twice recognized by Proclamation from the Tennessee General Assembly.   He holds citations of excellence from the NBA and the MENC and is currently conductor of the Tennessee Wind Symphony, recipient of the coveted Sudler Silver Scroll Award for international excellence. Ric has two sons, Dr. Tom Best Jr. and Christopher and resides in Lenoir City with his wife Melissa.  He is currently President of the Rotary Club of Lenoir City and Vice Chairman of the Loudon County Board of Education. 

Glen Rogers

Glenn Rogers received the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and the Master of Arts in Education from Tuscullum College. He taught Band for 38 years, most of which was at Jefferson County High School, where his bands received numerous first place awards and Superior ratings in Concert, Marching and Jazz Bands. He is a multiple time President of the TSSBDA and is currently the Historian for the ETSB&OA.

John Culvahouse

John N. Culvahouse is Professor of Instrumental Music Education and full member of the Graduate Faculty at Kennesaw State University.  From 1991 until 2007, he served on the faculty at the University of Georgia, where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Music and member of the Graduate Faculty.  Prior to his appointment at UGA in 1991, Dr. Culvahouse taught in the public schools in Sumter, South Carolina and in East Tennessee for 17 years where he directed high school, middle school, and elementary school bands.  He received the Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Tennessee and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina.  Mentors and major professors include Stanley Barnes, WJ Julian, William J. Moody, and James Copenhaver.

Dr. Culvahouse has served as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician in several states, Canada, and Western Europe.  Professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association (past Georgia State Chair), Georgia Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Former Epsilon Lambda Chapter Advisor), Phi Beta Mu (Tennessee Chapter Past-President and South Carolina Chapter Past-Vice-President), Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Kappa Psi (Honorary), and the National Band Association where he has served on the Board of Directors on four occasions.  As a long time NBA member, he conducted bands at the 1980, 1988, and 1994 conventions, including a 1988 performance by the Sumter, SC High School Symphonic Band.  His NBA service began as Tennessee State Chair in the late 1970s, continued as an elected High School Representative, elected Representative At-Large, Southern Division Chair, and he was elected First Vice-President/President Elect for the 2008-2012 Biennia. He assumed the office of President in April 2009 and is currently the Immediate Past-President of the NBA.

Dr. Culvahouse is an elected member of The American Bandmasters Association and he serves on the Executive Committee as Vice-president and Secretary of the John Philip Sousa Foundation. He is a Sudler Flag of Honor and Sudler Trophy Laureate. He was presented the coveted Orpheus Award by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in 2006 and The National Band Association on six occasions has presented him the Citation of Excellence.

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