KMEA Hall of Fame
Harold G. Palmer
Inducted in 1976
Harold G. Palmer founded the High Plains Band Camp in 1947. A native of Hays, he earned degrees at Fort Hays State Teachers College. After graduation in 1933, he taught music for two years in Hill City, and for eight years in Ellinwood. In 1943, he went to Fort Hays State Teachers College, where he directed the band and taught woodwind instruments. He wrote Instrumental Music in Western Kansas Public School and Teaching Techniques of the Woodwinds. He has written articles for Instrumentalist, World of Music, and the Kansas Music Review. Palmer has transcribed several works for clarinet choir. He has served as president of KMEA and of Phi Beta Mu. His other professional affiliations include Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Delta Kappa.