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Announcing the 2018 Vanguard Hall of Fame Class
- Posted by:Michael Gaines
- On February-12-2018
Vanguard Music and Performing Arts is honored to announce our 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees. Please join us in welcoming JW Koester, Stephenie Hebert, and Dan Smith! These three notable individuals join the 23 previously inducted SCV Hall of Fame members, including Vanguard greats like Myron Rosander, Fred Sanford, and our Corps founder, Gail R. Royer.
We hope you will join us in congratulating these worthy inductees and their families at this year’s Birthday Brunch on Saturday, March 17, 9:30AM – 1:00PM at the Vanguard Hall. You can get your tickets to the event here!
JW has a long history with the Vanguard organization, having played many roles throughout the years. As a marching member, JW got his start with the “B” Corps in 1971 and spent two years before moving up to join the A Corps in 1973 where he marched until 1979. Later, JW would come to hold the titles of Vanguard Cadets director (1987-1994), SCV Corps Director (1996-1999), and SCV Tour Director (2009-2012) – putting the organization back on the competitive map.
Starting as a baton twirler with The Sparks in 1961, Stephenie joined SCV as a charter member in 1967. She marched with the corps until 1969, but even after her days as a member were over she continued to find ways to support the Vanguard organization. As a volunteer, she has just about done it all from working on the original Miss Amana in the 80’s to helping with uniforms for the corps in recent years. To this day you can even find her helping out with projects at the hall in her free time. Stephenie also currently serves as Secretary on the VMAPA Board of Directors.
Having marched with the corps from 1967-1969, Dan Smith was a charter member of the Santa Clara Vanguard and holds the distinction of being one of the first French Horn players for SCV. Dan later went on to work as a visual instructor for the SCV and a judge for DCI. Throughout his time in the organization, Dan served as a mentor to many corps members and his hard work and dedication helped drive the corps to great success.