KMEA Hall of Fame
Arthur G. Harrell
Inducted in 1978
Authur G. Harrell was from Anselmo, Nebraska. He took a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and a master's at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. His first jobs were in rural schools in Nebraska, at Sumner, Nebraska; Littleton, Colorado; and Kearny, Nebraska. He taught in Missouri from 1941 to 1949 and then moved to Wichita, where he served as director of music education for the Wichita Public Schools. Harrell organized the Nebraska Bandmaster's Association in 1928 and helped found the Nebraska Music Educators Association in 1932. He was President of the National School Band, Orchestra and Vocal Association and of the National Interscholastic Music Activities Commission. He served as president of the Southwestern Division of MENC from 1963-1965.