Former Elkhart band director goes into 'Hall of Fame'

    Don Litherland was a music educator at Elkhart Memorial from 1973 to 2005.

    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 8:28 p.m.

    A former Elkhart Memorial band director is going into a "Hall of Fame."

    Don Litherland, who worked with Memorial's music programs from 1973 to 2005, will be inducted into the Gamma Chapter Phi Beta Mu Hall of Fame, according to a statement from the organization.

    He will be presented with the award at the Indiana Bandmasters All State band concert at Purdue University on March 16.

    Litherland was band director at Randolph Southern, Wapahani and Brazil high schools and associate band director at Ball State University before coming to Memorial.

    Memorial's Instrumental program won numerous awards under Litherland's direction, including The Grand Champion Award at the West Virginia Music Festival in both 1980 and 1983; third place at the Virginia Beach Music Festival; featured concert performance at the American Association of School Administrators National Convention; and featured band at both Western Michigan University and Ball State University.

    His bands and orchestras made 11 appearances at the ISSMA state finals and his marching bands finished in the top five many times.

    While at Memorial, Litherland also served as president of NISBOVA, three terms as president of the Elkhart Teacher's Association, and five terms on the ISSMA Board of Directors.

    He was given the alumni achievement award from Ball State University in 1979. 

    Since retirement, Litherland teaches low brass students in the Michiana area.

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