|Eight Members of the LVC Network are Part of Lebanon County Music Hall of Fame’s Inaugural Class
The music program at Lebanon Valley College and its faculty and graduates have had an enormous influence on the music scene in the Lebanon Valley and surrounding communities. In the inaugural class of the newly founded Lebanon County Music Hall of Fame, eight of the 10 inductees had direct ties to LVC, as alumni or faculty members.
Tom Strohman ’75
Both an alumnus and professor of music at LVC, Tom Strohman ’75 is a life-long Lebanon County resident. He earned his master's degree in jazz performance from Towson University, is a founding member of the jazz ensemble "Third Stream," and has recorded for Columbia Artists. In 2009, Strohman was inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Hall of Fame. His father, H. Herbert Strohman ’40, mother Nora Franklin Strohman ’38, wife Sherrie Warlow Strohman ’79, and son Gregory Strohman ’08 have all attended LVC as well.
Strohman established the Frank Stachow Memorial Award and the H. Herbert Strohman ’40 and Nora Franklin Strohman ’38 Memorial Award in 2011 at Lebanon Valley. In 1993 he received the prestigious Knisley Teaching Award for teaching excellence.
Rodney Miller ’77 (deceased)
Rodney Miller ’77 was a legendary musician and educator in the area, conducting dozens of county and honors bands. As a composer and arranger, he received the ASCAP Standard Award in composition six times. Additionally, he received the Creative Achievement Award from LVC in 2003, with one of his accolades being the arrangement of the LVC Alma Mater. His musical legacy continues to benefit the College’s music program. He specified in his will that, upon his death, LVC should receive ongoing royalties from the sale of his music. Each year, these royalties support the Fred Erdman Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Fred Erdman (deceased)
Erdman was a renowned trumpet and cornet instructor at LVC for 50 years. He was the father to three sons, James, Fredrick, and Timothy, who all served in the prestigious "President's Own" U.S. Marine Corps Band. Many of LVC’s current music instructors list Erdman as a valuable mentor and influence in their own musical studies and pursuits.
James Erdman, son of Fred Erdman, is an adjunct instructor at Lebanon Valley College and has served the College for 30 years. His experience as a soloist in the U.S. Marine Corps Band and his ability as a teacher have earned him enormous respect in the area's musical scene. In 2001 he received The Nevelyn J. Knisely Award for Inspirational Teaching, in part for founding the Quartet Die Posaunen, the nation’s first trombone “quartet in residence” in an American college or university. In 1985 the ITA recognized Erdman for his “contribution to virtuoso solo trombone playing.”
Karl Wolf Jr. ’49 (deceased)
In Lebanon County, Karl Wolf ’49 was influential in founding the Big Swing Band and the Lebanon Community Concert Band. He also served as the president of the Lebanon Musicians’ Union. As an LVC alumnus, he was instrumental in establishing the Fred Erdman Scholarship, which has so far helped 19 students pay for their education.
Harlan Daubert ’49 (deceased)
Harlan Daubert ’49 was the band director at Northern Lebanon High School and has been recognized for his high-quality concerts and abilities as an educator. Throughout his tenure, he maintained a standard of excellence with the NL Marching Band. In 1978, he received an Alumni Citation from LVC. Three of Daubert’s three children also attended LVC: Suzanne Daubert Fox ’77, Alison Daubert ’84, and Aaron Daubert ’93.
William Fairlamb, music professor emeritus, began teaching at LVC in 1947. In his tenure, Fairlamb instructed piano, piano pedagogy and literature, and music history. He was also recognized by the Lebanon Valley College Alumni Association as an outstanding Educator in America, and received the Lindbach Award for Distinguished Teaching. He retired in 1990 after teaching piano and music history for 43 years.
Kate Heckard ’47 (deceased)
Kate Heckard ’47 was known for her teaching at Lebanon High School, where she instructed vocal music. She also was recognized statewide for her work in producing musicals at Lebanon High.
The inaugural induction was one of the highlights of the Harmonia Music Association's annual banquet at Hebron Banquet Hall in Lebanon. Held during National Music Week, nearly 100 people attended the banquet.