KMEA Hall of Fame
E. Thayer Gaston
Inducted in 1975
E. Thayer Gaston graduated from Lewis High School in 1919 and took his bachelor's degree from Sterling College in 1935. He taught at Sublette, Hunter, Minneapolis, and Garden City and was music director at Garden City Junior College. He joined the faculty at The University of Kansas in 1936 and later took his Ph.D. there. He was professor of trumpet, founder of the music therapy program, and chaired the Department of Music Education and Music Therapy. He was the author of Music In Therapy and numerous articles in professional journals. He was president of the National Association for Music Therapy and held several offices in that organization. He was active in the MENC and served on its national committee on music therapy and on the editorial committee and the Journal of Research in Music Education. He is cited in The New Grove Dictionary of American Music and is a member of the MENC Hall of Fame.