Performing Arts Hall of Fame

Performing Arts Hall of Fame Nomination Form

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PERFORMING ARTS HALL OF FAME STATEMENT

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.

CRITERIA

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

CATEGORIES

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

Make a Donation

Click on the "Make A Donation" link above to make a donation to the Performing Arts Hall of Fame.  Your donation will help us to cover the expenses of the mailings, trophies, and nameplates each year.  Thank You!

HALL OF FAME COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Jeff Ayres – Retired GPS Music Teacher

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

  • Jeff Cook – Community Member

  • Susan Gould – GPS Music Teacher

  • Keith Hudson – Retired GPS Music Teacher

  • Dr. Michael Leiter – HS Principal

  • Joel Van Houten – Retired GPS Music Teacher/Committee Co-Chair

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

Greenville Public Schools Performing Arts Hall of Fame

2019 INAUGURAL INDUCTEES

Bob Hansen, Ruth Hansen, Delores Cook, Byron Cook

Bob Hansen, Ruth Hansen, Delores Cook, Byron Cook

2020 INDUCTEES

GENEVIEVE HAMPER

GENEVIEVE HAMPER

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

JANET RALPH WARNSHUIS

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 WARNSHUIS

PAUL WARNSHUIS

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

CHARLOTTE LOTHIAN

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

SHANE MAHAN

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.

2021 INDUCTEES

PETER & CINDY HANSON

PETER & CINDY HANSON

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!”

JERRY MARTIN

JERRY MARTIN

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

GERALD E. HEYDENBERK

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

TERRY SAMPSON

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).