October 5 was a day for music and musicians. Earlier in the day the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland released the nominees for the 2018 class of Hall of Fame inductees. And that evening across the lake in Buffalo the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inducted 10 new members to their Hall of Fame in a celebration that included Jumpers, a soundtrack composer, Dangerfield, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, world class drummers, a metal star, and an Elvis impersonator.
Kicking off the 35th annual BMHOF induction ceremony was Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame and host Mike Randall. BMHOF President Anthony Casuccio offered some opening remarks before Legacy Award winner and drummer Mike Phelps became the first new Hall of Famer of the night. A musicians musician, Phelps has appeared on over 40 albums over the course of his career.
In the first performance of the night, Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields took the stage for a song.
An inaugural inductee to the Songwriters Hal of Fame, Chauncey Olcott is one of those artists whose music is well known – especially to Irish musicians – but many don’t know who wrote the music. Chauncey Olcott is responsible for the Irish classics “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”, “My Wild Irish Rose”, and “Too-Rah-Loo-Rah-Loo-Rah”. Olcott passed away in 1932 but thanks to the technology of the day, BMHOF ceremony attendees heard Olcott’s own voice on a 78rpm recording of “When Irish Eyes are Smiling”. Olcott’s grandson Chauncey Olcott Johnson accepted the award in his grandfather’s honour.
Mike Phelps takes the stage for a performance.
The next artist to be inducted was guitar virtuoso Dave Schmeidler who does not limit himself to any one musical genre. He has played everything from Celtic and Blues to Rock and Roll.
Declan Miers and Stephen Parisi Jr were presented with the annual Denten Cattier and Daniels Scholarship but the guys were unable to attend the ceremonies since they are currently attending music colleges.
Megan Brown and Vinnie DeRosa performed for the In Memorium segment, paying tribute to those artists who have died over the past year.
World class drummer and teacher Jim Lisner took the stage for his induction speech.
Dave Schmeidler get a little help from his friends for a performance.
In 1983 the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame became the first of its kind in the United States. BMHOF President Anthony Casuccio presented the Founders Award to Rick and Marsha Falkowski fir their contributions to the BMHOF.
The groundbreaking rockers The Jumpers were the next to be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Next up to perform on stage was Dave Lisner.
After recognizing the BMHOF members in attendance, composer Wayne Sharpe was inducted into the Hall. Sharpe is one of those countless artists whose music is known the world over but few know the man behind that music. Responsible for the themes for the Miss Universe pageant, the CBS Evening News, the IMAX theme, and numerous other themes and soundtracks you have heard, instead of performing Wayne Sharpe brought a video presentation that included some of his compositions.
The Jumpers rocked the stage with a performance.
Metal rocker Howie Simon returned to his native Buffalo to be inducted into the BMHOF.
Richard Sargent – Director of the Musician Medics program – spoke on the program and it many benefits to patients in area hospitals.
Howie Simon and friends took the stage for a performance that brought the house down.
The only female inductee for 2017, Allison Pipitone gave her induction speech and noted that only 10 percent of the BMHOF inductees are women.
For the past 27 years, Terry Buchwald has been known by one name – Elvis. Now he will also be known as a Hall of Famer with his induction into the BMHOF.
Allison Pipitone took the stage and showed why she is worthy of being a member of the Hall of Fame.
After giving the opening performance, it was finally time for Tom Stahl and The Dangerfields to take the stage for their induction into the Hall of Fame.
Finishing out the night, Terry Buchwald took the stage and showed why he is one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the country. Buchwald made several trips into the audience to interact with the crowd.
Each year the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame honours the best musicians in the area.
All photos by Sherill Fulghum
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