KMEA Hall of Fame
Douglas Craig Talbott
Inducted in 2024
Doug Talbott lived a life of service to others and the music community. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Bethany College in 1962, and his Master of Music Education from Fort Hays State University in 1972. Doug served in several communities in the state including Ellsworth, Nickerson, El Dorado, and Lindsborg. He led impressive bands while at Smoky Valley High School, and poured his soul into the music program at Bethany College where he shaped numerous future educators. Doug was the recipient of the Meredith Humphreys Excellence in Teaching Award and served as the President of the Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce. He was the Music Department Chair and the Kansas Community College Honor Band Chair at Butler County Community College where he directed the bands and taught numerous classes including music theory. While at Bethany College, he was also the Fine Arts Division Chair, Director of Bands, Student Teaching Supervisor, and Alumni Director. Doug was a guest clinician, adjudicator, and part of the KSDE Review process for College and University Music Programs. In addition, Doug had a passion for community involvement and building lifelong musicians; he directed several community groups including Bethany All-Star Jazz Band, Broadway RFD pit orchestra, Nickerson Methodist church choir, Lindsborg Methodist church choir, Lindsborg Community Band, El Dorado Community Band, and the Heart of America Band. Doug was still teaching at Bethany College as an adjunct professor until his untimely death in August 2023.