Don Schmeer Friend of Music Award

The CBDA Don Schmeer FRIEND OF MUSIC AWARD is an annual recognition bestowed on an individual or organization who has demonstrated a history of promoting band music education in California.    Recipients of this award have gone above and beyond a common calling to serve the fine art of music in the name of increasing, supporting, and spreading the love and joy of music to students in scholastic areas.   Past recipients include music education advocates, industry professionals, university educators, a California Governor, music lobbyists, and others.  

The award is named for Don Schmeer, a music educator, US Army musician (serving in Korea), and a strong advocate for music education in California from the 1960s to the 1990s.  Many of us knew him from his decades managing the Byron Hoyt music store in San Francisco.  This award recognizes his life-long impact on our profession.  

This award is bestowed by the CBDA Board of Directors, which recognizes that music teachers are not islands.  It is only with help from our communities that we can truly succeed in reaching ALL of our students in meaningful and lasting ways.  This is the goal of CBDA and it is why we recognize those who have given their time, expertise, and passion to help music educators in California.   

1994 Don Schmeer Music Industry
1995 Karl Bruhn NAMM
1996 Henry Use LACAE Cal Coalition for the Arts
1997 Gordon Shaw 1997 UC Irvine “Mozart Effect”
1998 Delaine Eastin State Superintendant of Public Education
1999 Carolyn Lindeman Past President of CMEA
2000 Paul Noll Music Industry
2001 Dr. Tim Lautzenhiser Music Educator/Speaker
2002 Max McKee American Band College
2003 Bob Ward Music Industry
2004 John Larreiu CMEA Executive Director
2005 Jim Hart Music Industry
2006 Kirby Fong CBDA Photographer
2007 Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor, State of California
2008 Nick Rail Music Industry
2009 Glenn Roberts Music Industry
2010 Dave and Monika Strand We Care! Coffee Company
2011 Richard Kirk Music Industry
2012 Bob Lutt Cazadero Music Camp
2013 Kristine Alexander The California Arts Project
2014 Robert Long Doubletree Fresno (formerly Radisson)
2015 Dr. Gary P. Gilroy California State University Fresno
2016 Deborah Gibbs CEO/Owner – World Projects
2017 Lynne Faulks CBDA/CMEA Lobbyist
2018 Doug Steinmetz Yamaha Corporation of America
2019 Dr. Matthew Darling California State University Fresno
2020 Sonya Menapace Fresno CVB