CMU Director Vandelicht Receives Bandmasters Highest Honor

Inducted into Hall of Fame

SkipRoy "Skip" Vandelicht, director of bands at Central Methodist University, has been honored many times for his diligence, guidance, and passion for band music and musicians. But he recently took home one of his most prized honors, election into the Missouri Bandmasters Association (MBA) Hall of Fame.

The award came during the summer conference of the MBA in late June at the Lake of the Ozarks. Vandelicht originally joined the MBA in 1977 and served as president of the organization in 1995 and 1996 after serving as vice president and coordinator of the Missouri All-State Band for the two years prior.

The Hall of Fame award is reserved for those MBA members who have made a lasting or enduring impact on instrumental music through band in Missouri; who have positively impacted the personal and musical development of the state's youth through band; and who have shown a continued commitment to professional and musical growth themselves.

"To join the ranks of MBA Hall of Famers, many of whom are band music educators I have looked up to my whole career, is quite humbling," Vandelicht confessed. "This is definitely a highlight of my life, and one that I will always treasure."

Vandelicht, a 1977 CMU graduate, has certainly met the criteria. He spent 31 years teaching the instrumental music program at the Fayette R-III School District, while concurrently directing the CMU marching band from 1982-1995.

After retiring from public school teaching, Vandelicht was hired by CMU as its full-time director of bands in 2008 and is assistant professor of music. The large bands he currently directs include the autumn CMU Marching Band, the touring Concert Band, and the new University Band.

"Being inducted into the MBA Hall of Fame is a huge honor," Vandelicht said. "I would not change my career path for anything in the world because I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of incredible young people both at Fayette and CMU."

During the MBA summer conference, members attend clinics during the days run by nationally known band directors and evening music performances. The CMU Alumni Band has performed twice at the MBA conference in past years.

Vandelicht joins other CMU greats in the Hall of Fame, including the legendary Keith K. Anderson, both Ken and Nancy Seward, Claude T. Smith, Keith House, Charlie Wells, Bob Hansen, Herb Duncan, and Larry Bennett who currently teaches low brass at Central.


Posted August 6, 2013