Hall of Fame

Induction into the Hall of Fame is the most prestigious award bestowed to NMEA members. Nominee criteria is as follows:

  • Must be or have been a member of the Nebraska Music Education Association and NAfME (formerly MENC) throughout all or a greater portion of his/her career.
  • Must have had a significant career as a music educator.
  • Must have been an elementary, middle school, high school or college educator.
  • Must have contributed to the overall success of music education in Nebraska by being involved outside his/her own program.
  • Must have shown visible support of NMEA by regularly attending the November NMEA Conference.
  • Must have shown visible support of NMEA by agreeing to serve as an officer, committee member, contest manager, mentor, etc.

Additional information regarding eligibility and the nomination process can be found on the application. Nominations are due by May 1.

Click here to view a list of our past Hall of Fame Inductees.

The 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee


(November 22, 2019) NMEA is proud to announce the induction of Dr. Brian L. Anderson as the 112th member of the NMEA Hall of Fame.

Brian Anderson spent his entire 33-year teaching career in the public schools of Nebraska. He began teaching grades 5-12 instrumental music at Milford and Albion. He completed his final 28 years as Director of Instrumental Music at Fremont High School where he taught Band, Orchestra and General Music classes. During his tenure, he also served as Chair of the Performing Arts Department.

Ensembles under his direction have performed for numerous state, regional and national music conferences, including the North Central MENC Conference. With Dr. Anderson’s guidance and commitment, the Fremont High School Band was among the state leaders in the commissioning and performing of new works for concert band. Under his supervision and direction, the Fremont High School Music Department was awarded the Signature School Award from the GRAMMY Foundation for excellence in scholastic music performance.

Dr. Anderson holds degrees from Hastings College (BME) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (MM., Ph.D.). He is a past President of NSBA, NMEA, and the Alpha Theta chapter of the Phi Beta Mu honorary band fraternity. He is a featured clinician, adjudicator, speaker and guest conductor throughout the United States and Canada. In 2018, he was selected from an international pool of candidates as one of the first Conducting Fellows for the inaugural Reynolds Conducting Institute at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, the largest conference of its kind in the world.

Active as an author, Anderson wrote the NSBA Commissioning Project and the Nebraska State Proclamation for Music Education signed by Governor Ben Nelson. He is a Contributing Editor for The Instrumentalist magazine and has had articles published by the following periodicals: The Instrumentalist, The Music Educators Journal, Teaching Music, The Journal of Band Research, The Nebraska Music Educator, and NAfME.

He has received the ASBDA Stanbury Award, the NSBA Jack Snider Outstanding Young Director Award, Distinguished Service Awards from both NMEA and NSBA, the Donald A. Lentz Outstanding Bandmaster Award, the National Band Association Citation of Excellence and the prestigious Legion of Honor from the John Philip Sousa Foundation.

Dr. Anderson joined the 43rd Army Band in 1988 and was appointed Commander/Conductor in 2007. In this capacity he continues to serve the Soldiers and communities of Nebraska through music.