KMEA Hall of Fame
Dale P. Creitz
Inducted in 1987
Dale P. Creitz graduated from high school in Salina in 1925. He attended Kansas Wesleyan for a year before transferring to Bethany College to degree in piano. He took a master's degree from The University of Kansas, with additional graduate studies at KU, Emporia State, Pittsburg State, UMKC and the Eastman School of Music. Creitz began his career in 1935 at Strong City, teaching band, choir, and orchestra in grades one through twelve. In 1937 he moved to Yates Center, and in 1943 he settled in Iola teaching band, orchestra, theory, and class piano in the public school and at the community college. He also organized and directed the community band, the symphony, the community theater orchestra, and hosted his own radio show.