The Wisconsin School Music Association Marching Band Hall of Fame is intended to recognize the contributions made by individuals to the marching activity in Wisconsin and is open to any person that has made a significant contribution. WSMA is proud to name Dr. Glenn C. Hayes as the 2nd annual inductee to the Marching Band Hall of Fame!
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Dr. Glenn C. Hayes has been integral to the face of marching band in Wisconsin for decades. He has not only directed the UW-Whitewater Warhawk Marching Band for the past 30 years, but he also hosts and helps organize the WSMA State Marching Band Championships at UW-Whitewater. His dedication and contributions to the WSMA State Marching Band Championships help make this event possible.
Hayes is in his 30th year as Director of Bands at UW-Whitewater. His responsibilities include conducting the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, University Band and the Warhawk Marching Band. Hayes’ teaching areas include graduate and undergraduate conducting, graduate music education, wind literature, secondary instrumental music methods, student teacher supervision and marching band techniques. His previous positions include Moorhead (MN) State University, Bowling Green (OH) State University, Greater Muskegon (MI) Catholic Schools and Grad Blanc (MI) Community High School. His primary conducting teachers have been John P. Paynter, Elizabeth A. H. Green and Norman C. Dietz. Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University and his graduate degrees from Northwestern University.
Under the guidance of Hayes, the UW-Whitewater band program has received regional, national and international acclaim for excellence in performance both in the concert hall and on the marching field. On February 20, 2013, Hayes led the Symphonic Wind Ensemble in a performance at Carnegie Hall to great acclaim – the first Wisconsin university band to perform in the legendary venue. In addition, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble was invited to perform as the featured ensemble for the 2014 Chicago International Music Festival. The Warhawk Marching Band has performed 11 times for the Green Bay Packers, three times for the Milwaukee Brewers opening day ceremonies and annually marches in exhibition at the WSMA State Marching Band Championships.
Hayes has been an active supporter of music education through his leadership in WSMA, his service to the state in clinics, workshops and camps, and his leadership of the bands at UW-Whitewater. Students at UW-Whitewater are enthusiastic about playing in the marching band and many come to UW-Whitewater expressly for their involvement in the marching program. Hayes has a natural and genuine love for students and music as well as a passion for musical excellence. The marching band program is home to many future music educators who pass on Hayes’ love of music as well as his love of marching to their own students. Through his efforts with future music educators, Hayes’ legacy is one that will continue to positively impact music throughout the state of Wisconsin for generations to come.