Performing Arts Hall of Fame

Performing Arts Hall of Fame Nomination Form

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The Greenville Public Schools Performing Arts Hall of Fame will include students, teachers, administrators, and community members that have made a significant contribution to the GPS Performing Arts program or have had a career of notable accomplishment in performing arts.


To be honored with induction, nominees must meet at least three of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding talent

  • Good Character

  • Significant career of note after high school (career or professional experience)

  • Contribution to the GPS program’s success

  • Positive contribution in their community

  • Recipients will not be eligible for induction until 10 years after graduation from GPS unless special circumstances are present

  • Other individual inductees (teachers, administrators, etc.) will have immediate eligibility once they are done working at GPS

  • Community Members that have made extraordinary contributions to the Performing Arts program

  • The committee can nominate someone who has had successes despite extraordinary circumstances / special circumstances


The Two Categories are:

  • - Someone who made a significant impact to the GPS Performing Arts program

  • - Someone who graduated from GPS who went on to make a significant career in the Performing Arts

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  • Joy Behrends - GPS Music Teacher/K-12 Music Department Head

  • Michelle Blaszczynski - High School Principal

  • Jeff Cook - Community Member

  • Susan Gould - Retired GPS Band & Orchestra Director

  • Keith Hudson - Retired GPS Band Director

  • Charlotte Lothian - Retired GPS Orchestra Director

  • Joel Van Houten - Retired GPS Choir Director/Committee Co-Chair

  • Kire Wierda - GPS Board member/Committee Co-Chair

The Greenville Performing Arts Hall of Fame


Bob & Ruth Hansen, Delores & Byron Cook


Bob and Ruth Hansen have dedicated their whole lives to helping others find joyand love in the areas of music and theater.  Bob is a 1951 GHS alumni. Their three children all graduated from Greenville Public schools, along with two of their grandchildren, and they have all participated in the performing arts while they were in school.

Both Bob and Ruth have been involved in the GPS alumni association, have volunteered in the schools for many years, served on the Danish Festival Committees, have been Grand Marshalls of the Danish Festival Parade, helped organize and run the Danish Band (of which Bob was co-founder), the Hans Christian Andersen Theater program, the GHS Drama club, the Greenville JC’s, the Rotary Club Drum and Bugle Corps Festival, the Community WinterFest Band and Orchestra Festival, and a morning men’s basketball club.  

Bob has serviced thousands of students through his business, Hansen’s Music Store, for over 60 years not only in Greenville, but across Montcalm county providing instrument sales, repairs, and music lessons. Ruth has directed over 100 plays in our community, has participated in Odyssey of the Mind as a coach and judge, organized community fundraisers through producing melodrama theater shows, is active in the Flat River Players and Creative Arts Council, and she serves on the Greenville Area Community Center Board. Bob and Ruth were also an initial donor to the OUR 3 campaign and they continue to support this initiative.  Their motto has been, “We do not sell instruments here; we provide the opportunity and the joy of making music which can last a lifetime.”

Bob & Ruth Hansen, Delores & Byron Cook


Byron & Dee Cook have made giving back the focus of their lives.  Byron is a 1950 GHS Alumni. They both attended MSU where Byron participated in the MSU Marching Band and Symphonic Band. He has been a successful businessman and developer, and served as president of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. Dee was a professional big band singer from a very early age singing in Detroit, on the professional stage, on Radio, TV and at WKAR TV in East Lansing.  They have been involved in the Greenville community for decades. Dee served on the Greenville Board of Education including serving as President for 16 years, was elected to the MSU Board of Trustees, and was Co-Chairperson for an MSU Capital Campaign.

This couple is responsible for underwriting the renovations for the Recital Hall in the Michigan State University Music Building, which now bears their name, and they were the primary donors for the extensive music building renovations currently in progress at Michigan State.  Byron & Dee’s children both attended GHS and participated in the music programs, as did two of their three grandchildren. Byron and Dee were lead donors in the original OUR3 Performing Arts Campaign which started in 2009 and they have just renewed their commitment to the Performing Arts Endowment Fund with an additional significant contribution.




Genevieve Hamper was born in Greenville in 1888 and lived in Greenville for 20 years.  She won a prize for her art in water colors at the age of 13 from the Grand Rapids Herald Newspaper.  She opened a dress making shop in Greenville in her late teens.  In 1908, at the age of 20, she moved with her parents to Detroit. 

In 1910 she was hired as a Shakespearian actress playing opposite Robert Mantell in Chicago.  In 1912, they were married.  She had a very successful acting career on stage where she was known for her beauty as well as her acting ability.  In 1915 she starred in her first silent movie films.  She starred in seven films between 1915-1923.  She continued to perform on stage touring the country performing Shakespeare.  Her husband, Robert Mantell died in 1928.   She married actor John Alexander a year later but retired from the stage in 1933 following the death of her son.  She died in New York City in 1971 at the age of 82.



Janet Ralph-Warnshuis has served the Greenville Public Schools in may capacities over the last 40 years including PTA president, room mother, band booster member, mentor, and volunteer.  Janet’s dedication has been incredible but probably her most well-known position in our community has been as a dedicated board of education member for forty-four years and serving as the board president for over thirty years.

Greenville Public Schools was fortunate to have Janet serve our students as her commitment to education is unmatched.   Those that have worked with her describe her as dedicated, full of wisdom, professional, passionate, and kind.  The performing arts department is grateful for Janet’s unwavering support as it was instrumental in leading the cause to build a performing arts center.  Just a few years ago she stated - “Our fine arts department, that we have worked hard to protect and strengthen, provides wonderful entertainment for not only students and parents but senior citizens at a very reasonable cost close to home. It is one of our most valued facilities.”  She was passionate in communicating the need for the arts to have an appropriate venue to perform in.  It was her commitment to this cause that helped make it possible.

Janet has been presented the Distinguished Leadership Award from the Michigan Association of School Boards in 2018 and has been the recipient of the school district GPS Elmer Russell School Bell Award.  Janet has chosen to recognize the importance of a quality and ever-changing public school systemHer wisdom and knowledge have truly shaped us into who we are today as a school system. We will be forever grateful for her leadership and passion for our schools.



Paul Warnshius has been an anchor in our community for decades.  His commitment to community service and support of the arts is evidenced in many ways, but especially by his membership in the Greenville Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, and passion for educational programs and activities.

As a member of the Rotary Club, Paul coordinated the “Rhythm on the River” concert series throughout the summer months at Rotary Park.  He was also the coordinator of the Rotary Drum Corps show every summer for nearly 20 years.  His efforts brought many drum corps to Greenville, who were often in town the same week the GHS Marching Band was in summer camp, leading to great collaboration between corps members and high school band students. 

Paul often purchased music arrangements for the high school jazz band, and sponsors an annual scholarship for a student to attend Jazz Camps.

It was Paul who made it financially possible for the installation of the Hearing Loop System in the Greenville Performing Arts Center.

Paul defines the words “Performing Arts Supporter” and continues to have the  commitment to keeping music alive in Greenville.



Charlotte Lothian served as a second grade teacher, middle school orchestra teacher, fifth grade general music teacher, English teacher, Odyssey of the Mind Coordinator and Gifted & Talented coordinator for Greenville Schools.  Charlotte was a member of the Greenville Council for the Arts having a major role in helping the council secure 501c status and sponsor performances of the Handel’s Messiah in the community.  She was a founding board member of the Greenville Area Community Foundation, representing the arts.  Charlotte was named orchestra teacher of the year twice for MSBOA District 7, received the 2007 Greenville School Bell Award for outstanding service to GPS.  She has also received the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching and in 2019.

Charlotte came up with the idea to produce a local talent show, “Broadway Delights” as a fundraiser for arts programs that later has turned into our annual “OUR3 Variety Show” as she co-chaired the initial OUR3 Endowment Fund fundraising effort.    She has done countless productions with community theater, was the first vocalist for the Flat River Big Band, has been adjunct faculty for Montcalm Community College, conductor of the Rockford Community Orchestra, and she started the “Montcalm Community College Philharmonic” as a way to link post secondary orchestra playing opportunities for local musicians.    In her retirement, she continues to mentor young string students by coaching solo and ensemble sessions at GMS until she heads south to Myrtle Beach where she spends the cold winter months.  Of course, she’s started a small community orchestra there as well!



Shane Mahan, a 1981 graduate of GHS has had a remarkable career in Hollywood as Film Special Effects Artist, Screen Writer, and Film Producer.  He started learning his craft in high school when art teacher, Tom Blinn, taught him how to make rubber molds for masks.

While a senior at GHS, Shane wrote and directed a play entitled, “Dracula, Master of Evil.”  After high school, Shane moved to California and eventually landed a job with the Stan Winston Studios, the leading Hollywood studio for special effects.  He was as a crew member on the 1983 film, “The Terminator.”  This movie introduced ground breaking special effects.  Shane now has over 80 film credits in Special Effects and Makeup.

He worked as Creature Effects Coordinator for the 1986 film “Aliens.”  He was the Art Department Coordinator for the 1993 film “Jurassic Park”.  In 2002, he won the Make Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Award for “Best  Special Make Up Effects for the film, “The Mermaid Chronicles.”

Shane was nominated for an Oscar in special effects 2009 for his work with the movie “Iron Man” where he was the Physical Suit Effects Supervisor.  When Stan Winston died in 2008, Shane and three other colleagues formed a new company called Legacy Effects.

2017 was a big year for Shane and his Legacy Effects Studio. ”The Shape of Water” won four Academy Awards including “Best Picture.” For this film, Shane was the Legacy Effects Supervisor and was one of the creature designers.

Some of the films Shane has worked on are:  Iron Man 1, 2, & 3, The Avengers, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong, Captain America; The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Life of Pi, The Bourne Legacy, Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator: Salvation, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, Predator, Predator 2, Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, The Hunger Games, and Avatar.

While at Greenville Schools Shane played percussion in the band at GHS and is now learning the violin.




Peter and Cindy Hanson have been active in the Greenville Community for decades.   Peter, a 1980 graduate of Ionia High School and Cindy, a 1981 graduate of Unity Christian High School met at Ferris State University in the marching band.  Peter played trombone, and Cindy was in the flag corps.  She also played clarinet on a music scholarship in the FSU concert band. Some of their best memories are from their college band experience, including playing a halftime shows at Detroit Lions football games!

Peter and Cindy have been indispensable to the GHS music program. Peter has driven the band and orchestra trailer to and from every “on the road” performance since 1999.  This includes four band trips to Disneyworld, a jazz band trip to St. Louis and countless statewide marching band, jazz and band and orchestra festivals.   Cindy used her many years in Scouting helping on each trip as a chaperone and first aid go-to.   As if that were not enough, Peter and Cindy also ran the concessions stand at home football games at Black Field from 1999-2008!

Cindy also played organ for the Congregational Church and in 2009 Peter and Cindy were award the GPS Elmer Russell “School Bell Award”.    Peter says, “he has always loved music and the character it builds in those young budding musicians”.  Peter and Cindy state that “Greenville is blessed with a wonderful fine arts program and it has been a joy to watch so many young people grow into responsible adults!”



Hubert Jerome Martin, or Jerry as he was known, received his degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan. After graduating, he taught in Mendon, Elk Rapids and in Evart before taking the job in Greenville in 1955. His major instruments were Clarinet and Saxophone. His wife, Doris, was a teacher at Walnut Hills Elementary School. They had two sons, Doug (GHS grad ’67) and Tom (GHS grad ’62).

Jerry began his tenure at GPS teaching band in grades 6-12. The sixth grade music experience began the year as a general music course and ended it as a recruiting tool for his band program. He loved tinkering with reeds and convinced his father (a U of M engineer) to invent a machine that made reeds for him and his students. After eleven years in Greenville, he convinced the administration to add a staff member to run the Middle School program. Jerry Heydenberk came to GPS to fill the spot as Middle School Band Director in 1966 after being the band director in Reed City for three years. This addition allowed Mr. Martin the time to start a jazz program at the school! These two men ran the program closely together until 1975 when Jerry Martin retired and Keith Hudson came on board.

He was well-liked and respected in the community. In his spare time he enjoyed directing the choir at the Congregational Church.  His son Doug recalls many wonderful moments with his father working in “the shop” behind his house making reeds, and listening to reel to reel recordings of the day’s rehearsals, and driving to U of M to listen to the U of M Symphoinc Band under Dr. William Revelli – an experience that led him to understand why his father worked so hard to achieve “that sound”.

Jerry Martin’s legend lives on in the history that is our outstanding band program at GPS.



Gerald E. Heydenberk (Gerry) was the Middle School Band Director at Greenville Schools from 1966 until his retirement in 1991.  Gerry is a graduate of Hart High School and graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelors degree in 1963 and later with a Masters Degree in 1970.  

As a senior at Hart High School Gerry was positive he wanted to teach music.  His High School band director, Mr. Metzle, encouraged him to student teach at the Junior high and allowed him to direct at both the Junior and High School levels.  He also performed at State Solo and Ensemble where he received a Division 1 rating from UM Band Director Dr. Revelli. 

Gerry married Anna Merten, also from Hart, Michigan while Gerry served in the Army.  During his time in the military, Gerry was sent to the Naval School of Music where he had the honor to march in three Presidential parades for President Eisenhower.  In 1991 Gerry was voted Outstanding Band Director in MSBOA District 7.   Gerry considered the 1983 and 1989 band trips to Europe as highlights of his 25 years teaching in Greenville.  He is also thankful to have worked with three special people in Greenville, Jerry Martin, Keith Hudson and Bob Hansen. 



Terry Sampson is a 1976 graduate of Greenville High School.  He is a songwriter, producer, singer and keyboardist.  He signed his first publishing deal while attending Central Michigan University.  Shortly after he relocated to Los Angeles, his song “Summer Hearts” was selected and used in the movie “National Lampoon's Vacation.”  He was subsequently hired as a staff composer for Warner Brothers.

He has won many awards as a song writer including earning a Gold Record for work he did for Disney.  He won the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul award in 2007 for his song “God’s Gift to the World”, which spent a year on the Gospel and R&B Billboard charts.  He has written for many TV productions and arranged the rhythm section music for the 1987 Super Bowl.

His compositions have been covered by acclaimed recording artists like Al Jarreau, Kenny Rogers, Carl Anderson, Nicolette Larson, CeCe Winans and Vanessa Williams to name a few.  Movie and TV music include Family Ties, Land of The Lost, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and The Young and the Restless.

Children’s projects include songs and underscore for Make Way for Noddy and Sid The Science Kid (PBS), Angelina Ballerina (BBC), My Little Pony (Hasbro), Winnie The Pooh (Disney).


Dr. Carter Newberry


 Dr. Carter Dewberry is a cellist and composer working in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, California.  She performs classical, electronic, jazz, experimental, and world music.  She also composes concert, electronic, and film music for solo cello and various chamber ensembles.

 Carter completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Chamber Music Performance and Masters in Music in Cello Performance from UCLA.  She received her Bachelor in Music in Cello Performance from Western Michigan University and also holds a Bachelor in Arts degree in French with minors in Women’s Studies and Philosophy.

 Dr. Dewberry has a wide variety of performance experience as a soloist, orchestra, and studio musician.  She is the founder of the OC Cello Choir, a cello ensemble, and the Definiens Project, a non-profit chamber music organization.  She has been a member of the Robin Cox Ensemble and the Peter Sprague String Consort.  However, her passion is discovering the full expressive potential for the cello.  This has led her to write everything from Bach inspired solo pieces to multi-layered cello soundscapes to chamber music featuring the cello.

 Carter is available for live and in-studio performances.  She can also record from her own recording studio.  She uses a Royer 122-V microphone, Apogee Ensemble, and Logic Studio to produce her work.

 In addition to scoring films and writing her own music, she maintains an active recording schedule and teaches cello and theory lessons in Orange County.  Prospective students can visit for additional information.

 Film and TV credits are:  Homeland, The Borgias, Sherlock Holmes Elementary, The Tudors Seasons 1-4, Raising the Bar Season 1 and 2, Sea Horse, X-men 2, Gothika, Eight Legged Freaks, as well as others…

Arthur Reid Gorman


Arthur (Art) Gorman was the band director in Greenville Public Schools from 1942 to 1952.  He instilled a discipline and sense of pride in his student musicians that took their level of excellence in performance and musicianship to a new level.  His bands earned 1st division ratings at district and state festivals for the first time ever in the GHS history. 

In addition to teaching music (and driving a school bus) he also performed as the 1st chair trumpet in the Grand Rapids Symphony for at least 16 years. 

His most lasting legacy was in composing the current Greenville High School fight song known as Varsity Song.  He continued his ties to Greenville by directing the Danish Festival Band for over 10 years. Arthur Gorman passed away on February 25, 2002.

Martha Henry


 Born in 1938, Martha Henry lived with her grandparents, Glenn and Rose Hatch of Greenville, after her parents divorced.  Her mother, Konnie Hatch Buhs, was a professional musician in the Detroit area and could not leave young Martha home alone.  Martha found a script to a play in her grandmother’s trunk and immediately fell in love with acting. 

Martha attended Greenville Schools from first thru ninth grades before moving back to the Detroit area with her mother. After seeing Christopher Plummer in Hamlet, she fell in love with Shakespeare and Stratford.  Her acting career took off with a rapid rise to becoming the most respected and legendary actress and director in Stratford.  She also starred in a number of award-winning movies and TV specials. Martha passed away on November 13, 2021.


Vivian Martin


 Vivian Martin was born in Sparta in 1891 but soon move to Benton Street in Greenville. Her parents were Charles H Martin and Grace Gibbs.  By the time she was ten years old, she was performing on stage at the Detroit Opera House. Vivian made her New York stage debut in Cyrano de Bergerac that same year.  She made my Broadway debut at the age of twelve as Little Lord Fauntleroy.

 After 10th grade, Vivian left Greenville to tour the country as Peter Pan. When the show arrived in Grand Rapids in 1908, two hundred Greenville residents chartered a train to see her perform.

After finishing the national tour, Vivian travelled the country in a number of stage plays, until 1914, when she starred in her first film, The Wishing Ring.  This is her only film that survived and the Flat River Historical Museum has a copy on DVD.  Once the film, The Wishing Ring was rediscovered a few years ago, film critics praised the film and its director, Maurice Turnair.  They claimed the film to be the high point of American cinema up to that time. One critic thought it could have easily been made a decade later.  Vivian Martin was considered a rival to Mary Pickford, known as America’s Sweetheart.

 In 1918, the Motion Picture Magazine listed her in popularity right behind Charlie Chaplin.

Vivian went on to star in forty-one silent films. Many of these movies were presented at the Greenville Silver Theater.  She left the film industry in 1921 but continued to perform on Broadway for a number of years.

 Vivian Martin died in New York City in 1987, aged 93. Her obituary in the New York Times noted her philanthropy and association with the Professional

Children's School in New York. She contributed to the lives of young performers as both a friend and benefactress.

Sharon Pridgeon


Sharron Pridgeon has been an avid supporter of the performing arts department in Greenville for many years.  She is a passionate patron and helped with many productions, working backstage in the make-up department as a make-up artist. 

 Sharon is a graduate of Reading High School and attended Olivet College earning a BA in 1992.  Sharron and her husband Tom have two children, Jeffrey and Andrew, and six grandchildren. After completing a class in theatre make-up at the University of Wisconsin, Manitowac, she provided make-up services for the “The Masquers”, a community theater group in Manitowac, WI for 4 years. She also provided make-up services in Olivet for the Olivet Community Schools as well as serving the Greenville Public Schools Theater Department from 1998-2000. 

 She has treasured her experiences, which have allowed her to meet and interact with wonderfully talented individuals in the performing arts area. We are grateful for Sharron’s contribution to the Greenville Theater Department and appreciate her ongoing support for the performing arts. 

Thomas Pridgeon


Tom Pridgeon has been a part of the educational world for over 50 years. He has served as a teacher, and administrator, and most relevant to Greenville, he served as the Greenville Public Schools Superintendent from 1990-1998. Tom grew up in Reading Michigan and attended Adrian College earning a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education where he was the esteemed fraternity Song Leader. He then continued his educational journey by earning a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University and an EDS degree in Educational Leadership from Michigan State University. Tom and his wife Sharron have two sons Jeffrey and Andrew and six grandchildren.

While serving in Greenville, Tom met with former music educational staff listening and planning for the possibility of a new performing arts center. It was then Tom that took this vision forward and lead the school district in a successful bond campaign that enabled the school to build the current performing arts center. This significant contribution has allowed the performing arts department to have a relevant and appropriate venue to perform and show off the talents of our students.  Tom was also recognized for his contributions to the district by being awarded the school district’s top award, the school bell award in 1998.  We are grateful for Tom’s ongoing support of the performing arts and are indebted to him for bringing GPS this beautiful performing arts center. 

Dr. Danielle VanTuinen


Danielle VanTuinen is a 2007 Greenville High School graduate.  While at GHS she was involved in the Band, Choir and Theater programs.  Each year she continued to excel musically which gave her the base that she needed to find her passion in music.

 Danielle is currently a performer, educator, and entrepreneur based in Gainesville, Florida. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Tuba and Euphonium and Director of the University of Florida Brass Band at the University of Florida. Prior to her current appointment, Danielle served as Lecturer of Music at Plymouth State University where she taught low brass methods, chamber music and applied lessons. She also served as low brass faculty at the Portland Conservatory of Music, adjunct staff for the marching band at the University of New Hampshire, private lesson instructor throughout northern New England, and low brass instructor for the Phoenix Youth Symphony. She has been invited to adjudicate at a variety of festivals, including the New Hampshire MEA Solo & Ensemble Competition, the Paul I. Willwerth Brass Competitions, the International Women’s Brass Young Artist Competition, and the AETYB Young Artist Competition in Madrid, Spain.

 As a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed Moreau | VanTuinen Duo she has been invited to perform at the Spanish Association of Tubas and Euphoniums, Northern Arizona University, Ithaca College, the Miraphone Academy of the Southwest, the United States Pershing’s Own Army Band Tuba-Euphonium Workshop, and the International Women’s Brass Conference. Her commitment to expanding low brass repertoire has resulted in over 15 compositions by composers such as Steven Snowden, James Grant, Shaun Tilburg, and Etienne Crausaz. Danielle earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Performance and Master of Music degree in Music Performance from Arizona State University, and a Bachelors of Music degree in Music Performance from Central Michigan University. Dr. VanTuinen proudly endorses S.E. Shires and the Eastman Music Company.