Tri-Village Music Hall of Fame Created

Music Hall of Fame Created at Tri-Village

NEW MADISON – The Brian Munchel Youth Music Foundation made a special announcement and presentation at the Patriots vs Blackhawks Football game Friday evening.  The creation of a “Music Hall of Fame” at Tri-Village.

The Music Hall of Fame is to recognize and promote the musical talents of students and teachers that have passed through the hallways of Hollansburg, Palestine, Westmont, New Madison and Tri-Village.  The theme of the Munchel Foundation and Hall of Fame is “Music Connects Us All.”

Chairperson of the foundation is Leah Scantland introduced the committee that was formed to assist in founding the Hall of Fame along with vetting future membership inductees.

Additional committee members are Melody Overfield, Kay Stephan, Tommy Renfro and Tommy Farmer.  It was Farmer who had the initial vision, and together with the committee selected they made it happen!

The Brian Munchel Youth Music Foundation was formed in memory and to honor Brian, as well as his love of all thing’s music!  The goal is to promote and support the music department at Tri-Village as well as any child or student in pursuit of their musical dreams.  The foundation has provided financial support for items such as: new instrument purchases, pizzas for group events, t-shirts for Florida trip and recently, tuner training devices for the band.  If you see them fundraising … 100% of it goes to the Tri-Village Music Department.

It is no surprise the first inductee into the Music Hall of Fame at Tri-Village would be presented (posthumously) to Brian Munchel.

When it comes to music, some are born with natural talent, and Brian was certainly one of them.  He was a self-taught Drummer and musician from early age, banging it out on his first trap set at the age of 4.  He went on to perform in the marching band, concert band and the pep band, as well as several stage bands later in life.  

He stayed involved in his community and school mentoring young musicians.  He would talk with the 4th grade classrooms as they made their decision about joining the band.  He assisted with the High School Band … at one point composing a new cadence for the marching band.  His love of music and love for Tri-Village did not graduate in 1986 … it continued.  He loved music and shared his love and talent with others to entertain and inspire.

“Tonight, we induct Brian as a great musician, but more importantly because of his love and passion for music, we create this Hall of Fame in his honor,” Scantland told the crowd on hand.  

“We will continue to recognize the musical talents that have emerged from our surrounding communities and encourage our current and future musicians to do what they love,” Scantland added.

In the presence of Brian’s parents Lowell & Sandy Munchel, sister Kelley and family, Brian’s family, except for son Carsen, who is serving our country as Marine and the entire community … committee member Tommy Farmer presented Brian’s son Camren Munchel a plaque for the 1986 graduate, Brian Munchel as the first inductee in the “The Music Hall of Fame” at Tri-Village. 

I would like to thank our Band Director Mr. Bialowas and the school for helping the committee bring the Tri-Village Hall of Fame to life,” Scantland stated.

“The Brian Munchel Youth Foundation and Tri-Village Music Hall of Fame is just one more step in helping us remember that “Music Connects Us All,” Scantland concluded.

Brian Munchel Family
Camren Munchel shown accepting plaque for his father Brian (posthumously) as first inductee in the Tri-Village Music Hall of Fame.
Leah Scantland Chairperson and Spokesman for Tri-Village Music Hall of Fame
Tri-Village Music Hall of Fame Committee; Kay Stephan, Melody Overfield, Tommy Farmer and not pictured Tommy Renfro

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