Adams State Music Hall of Fame honors inductees


Pictured, President David Svaldi, Dr. Tracy Doyle, C. Wayne Manzanares, William Duane Zanotelli, Frank Montera, Joe "Ernie" Montoya, and Linwood Warwick.

Many Adams State University music alumni remain committed to music and education throughout their careers. The Adams State University Music Hall of Fame Dedication Ceremony on November 9 inducted the following alumni Charles Cassio '64 '65, Gary Hall '73 '92, John Icabone '67, C. Wayne Manzanares '70 '71, Frank Montera '67, Joe "Ernie" Montoya '54 '59, Linwood Warwick '57 '60, and William Duane Zanotelli '72 '73.

President David Svaldi and Music Department Chair Tracy Doyle expressed their appreciation for the alumni's dedication and continued service to their chosen profession. Adams State music education major Joshua Wohlrabe and Montoya also addressed the inductees.

As a group the music alumni instilled the love of music to many young students and continued to promote the importance of music in our education system and in society by serving on a variety of committees and boards as well as producing outstanding bands and choirs.

Charles Cassio

Cassio was the director of Instrumental Music and chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Boulder High School and received the Mac Award for Colorado Outstanding Band Director in 1979; his program was selected as the winner of the National High School Band Achievement Award in 1981. Cassio served as the Music Coordinator for the Boulder Valley Public Schools. He was a past president of the Colorado Bandmaster's Association and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1990. He also served on the Board of the Colorado Music Educators Association and was named their Administrator of the Year in 1995 and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1996.

Gary Hall

Currently, Hall is the coordinator of instrumental music at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. During his tenure at Montezuma-Cortez High School, in Colorado, his ensembles were invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and performed at the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France; along with other recognitions. Marching Bands under Hall's direction won seven state championships and received recognition at the University of New Mexico's Zia Marching Band Fiesta and the University of Utah Marching championships. Hall was elected by the Colorado Bandmasters Association as the 2005 recipient to Colorado Bandmasters' Hall of Fame.

John Icabone

Icabone completed his post graduate work at University of Northern Colorado and was director of bands at Trinidad State Junior College, Sinclair Junior High School; and as the first director of bands at Overland High School his responsibilities included the Marching Scots, wind, percussion and jazz ensembles. The "Marching Scots" were selected to perform in numerous prestigious parades. His percussion ensemble performed at the internationally acclaimed Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He served as President of the Colorado Bandmasters Association. Icabone received the CBA Hall of Fame Director of the Year Award in 1996 and was presented the PHI BETA MU Outstanding Bandmaster Award in 2003.

C. Wayne Manzanares

When Manzanares' parents were attending Adams State, he marched alongside the band as they rehearsed. "Adams State gave me the musical and instructional background needed to fulfill my dream." He credits Randolph "Casey" Jones, Montoya, and Montera as providing him with the skills and passion he needed to succeed. As the Douglas County High School band director, Manzanares started with 39 members to become a 260-member strong championship marching band, which was invited to march in the 1981 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Ponderosa High School marching band, under Manzanares' leadership, won five state championships. He was chairman of Marching Affairs and elected to the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame.

Frank Montera

Montera taught at Walsenburg High School and was head of the Music Department and director of bands and orchestra William J. Palmer High School. Both schools music programs benefited with awards and accolades. He retired from public education after serving as music supervisor/coordinator for Colorado Springs Public Schools, district 11, where he had a staff of 92 music educators. Montera is a member of the Colorado Music Educators Association and served on the CMEA Board of Director, including a term as president. He was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2002, into the Colorado Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

Joe "Ernie" Montoya

With a career spanning 40 years, Montoya was dedicated to helping his students achieve excellence in music and produced some of the finest bands in Colorado. He helped establish the Colorado All-State Jazz Band as part of CMEA in 1971. In 1988, the Colorado Bandmasters Association named him a Hall of Fame Band Director and Phi Beta Mu honored him as Director of the Year in 1997. Even in retirement, he continues to attend conferences and clinics and perform on his trumpet. He played in the "Big Band of the Rio Grande" in Las Cruces, NM and is currently performing with the "Over The Hill Band" and the "John Phillip Sousa Band" in Denver, Colo. where he now resides.

Linwood Warwick

Warwick began his teaching career in Hagerman, Idaho where he taught band, choir and German from 1957 to 1959. Linwood's teaching experience includes elementary, junior high and high school at Centauri, Alamosa and Sangre De Cristo where he taught band, choir and instrumental music. In 2011 he was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame. A knowledgeable and passionate music educator and CMEA member for 47 years, Lin has had a tremendous impact on music education in the San Luis Valley. He has remained active as a musician, educator and clinician. He continues to play with the SLV Big Band. His tireless dedication to music and young people is a source of inspiration to both new and experienced teachers.

William Duane Zanotelli

Zanotelli was director of Bands for Trinidad schools and taught classes at Trinidad State Junior College. His marching bands placed in the Colorado Bandmasters State Finals and in the Colorado State Fair Parade numerous times and were the overall winners on three occasions. In 1992 and 2000, he received the Trinidad Hispanic Chamber of Commerce award for excellence in teaching, was selected as a Boetcher Foundation winner in 1998, and received the Masonic Teacher of the Year Award that same year. He was inducted into the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1997, the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the Outstanding Bandmaster award from Phi Beta Mu in 2009.