KMEA Hall of Fame
Don Buhler
Inducted in 2023
Don Buhler was born August 30, 1956 in Medicine Lodge, KS, but was raised in El Dorado, KS. Throughout his high school years, he enjoyed Journalism, Forensics, and of course Band. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1974. After high school he attended Butler County Community College for 2 years. He then attended Wichita State University for 2 more years. He attributes his exposure to great music and his career choice of being a band director to his high school band director and college band directors at Wichita State. His parents recognized that he had musical talent and they made sure that he had access to a quality education in music. In 2021 he was inducted in to the first class of the Pratt USD 382 Hall of Fame. In 2002, he was selected as the KMEA Outstanding Teacher. In 1988, Mr. Buhler was selected as the Emporia State University Master Teacher for Kansas. His favorite band memory is premiering "Rumble on the High Plains" for the first time in 2005 written by Michael Sweeney and commissioned by the PHS band. Mr. Buhler taught band for 38 years in Pratt, Salina and Stafford, Kansas. After retiring from teaching, Mr. Buhler spent time as a road representative for Senseney Music and working as a volunteer for Americorps.