KMEA Hall of Fame
Melbern W. Nixon
Inducted in 2002
Melbern W. Nixon grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Pawnee High School. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma State University and Master's degree from University of Michigan. He taught in Yale Public Schools, served in the 525th AAF Band, taught band in El Reno and Durant, Oklahoma, taught in California and New Mexico, was Director of Instrumental Music at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Emporia State University. He directed the Symphonic Band at Emporia State for performances at KMEA, Southwest MENC and Southwest CBDNA Conventions. He served as President of Oklahoma Music Educators Association, Southwest CBDNA, and grand President and Vice President of Kappa Kappa Psi. He was elected to the OMEA Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Band Master Association Hall of Fame. He was elected to the Hall of Distinction by the Department of Music at Emporia State University. He taught the Emporia Municipal Band for eight years following his retirement.