2007 Cal-Mum Music Hall of Fame inductees
There are sports hall of fames, Hollywood’s walk of fame and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. All of these special designations are meant to capture in history, the significant contributions of those individuals who receive induction into it.
For that same reason, Caledonia-Mumford High School Music Department started a Music Hall of Fame in 2003. Five Cal-Mum musicians were inducted in that inaugural year.
This year, at the May 16, 2007 high school choral and band concert, two talented musicians with connections to the Caledonia-Mumford community were added to the hall: Paul Brown, retired Cal-Mum Central School band director and Sherman Handyside, retired clarinetist with the United States Army Band and Army Reserve Band. Brown, now 90 years old, traveled from his home in Virginia to be present for his induction. CMCS music faculty Todd Walker, vocal instructor and Matt Trost, instrumental instructor, presented the inductee. Handyside resides out of state and was not able to be present.
"We started the hall of fame as a way for students to see that music can be a lifelong activity and that many of our alumni have excelled over the years as, educators, performers, and contributors to the field of music. The hall helps them to recognize the deep seeded roots that their community has in music and the lifelong commitment many have made for their love of the musical arts. It is a very diverse group from truck drivers & Eastman School graduates to military and popular band members - students can see that anyone can be involved in music as a vocation or an avocation," Walker explained.
Inductee Paul Brown says he was a tuba player and never got over it. During his senior year in high school he was invited to join the University of Illinois Orchestra. He was a Master Sergeant in the Air Force during World War II and trained musicians for various Air Force Bands. Stationed in Miami Beach allowed him to perform with the Miami Symphony. Brown later attended the New England Conservatory of Music and worked part-time in Salem, Massachusetts as the director of their band and orchestra. He completed his bachelors and masters degrees at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.
Brown came to Caledonia-Mumford in 1963 to replace J. Norman LeBlanc as an instrumental teacher and high school band leader. He also taught band at the elementary school. One of the highlights of his 14 year tenure was taking the senior high band to the New York City World’s Fair where they represented Livingston Country and performed at both the New York Pavilion and the World Pavilion. CMCS students honored Brown as Teacher of the Year before his retirement from Cal-Mum School in 1978. His other awards include the North Carolina Governor’s Award for Literacy and the Phillip Fuller Award by the State of Virginia’s Association of Junior Band Directors in recognition of Brown’s many contributions in music education.
Inductee Sherman Handyside began his musical career in the fifth grade studying clarinet with Mrs. Davin and playing in the Cal-Mum Elementary Band. Throughout his elementary and high school years he participated in all the annual All County and All State ensembles and performed regularly in the NYSMA solo competition, receiving several ‘outstanding’ ratings. He also played in the New York State Future Farmer of America Bands and in 1955 he participated in the National FFA Band in Kansas City and played first chair 1st clarinet. He added to his repertoire in his junior year of high school when he began studying sax with Norm LeBlanc. After graduation Sherman gave lessons for five years at Bird’s Music Store in Batavia. He went into the Army in 1962 and played in the Army Bands at Fort Dix, Camp Howes, Korea and the Presidio in San Francisco. He returned to college to earn a Bachelors and Masters Degrees from SUNY Brockport in European and Latin American History. During all this time, he continued to perform with bands around the area and also played in the Army Reserve bands. He appeared with the band marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day and Memorial Day parades in New York City. He also joined the New York Guard Volunteers commanding and directing the 89th NYG Band in 2001 and for two years performed with them for veteran’s hospitals and in parades in communities along the Hudson River. Sherman is another alumnus who believes in spreading his love of music anywhere and at any time. He credits his mother who pushed and continued to encourage his playing throughout her life.