Gerald Long recently received a confirmation letter, announcing he was chosen to be inducted into the Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is Sunday, Feb. 12, at noon, at VFW Post 972, located at 1111 Veterans Square, Terre Haute.
"I received a letter, and I was really grateful for it," Long said. "It's a big honor. There are a lot of talented people in the Hall of Fame, and I'm glad to be included."
The mission of the Hall of Fame is to promote fellowship and friendship among all musicians of the Wabash Valley, recognize and award outstanding area musicians and foster and maintain a meaningful relationship with the community.
Long began playing bluegrass music when he was a boy. In high school, he began playing rock n' roll music.
"I like all kinds of music -- country, blues, rock," Long said.
He plays guitar, bass and mandolin. Over the years, Long has been in bands such as Big Dead Bird, Fair Weather Band, Fragile, WC and Company and Triggerhead. He has played rhythm guitar in Triggerhead for 8-10 years, and he is still currently in the band.
Long has also been a part of the Hoosier All Star Jam Band.
"It's a side project that we do every once in while," he said. "It features good musicians from all around the area."
Long said he is excited for the induction ceremony, and he has a lot of friends who are in the Hall of Fame. He wanted to thank the Hall of Fame for the opportunity and recognition he is receiving.
"Music is a big part of the whole world," he said. "It makes the world go round. You know what song was playing when you did certain things in your life. It would be a sad world without music. So it's important to honor the people who make the music."
The induction process begins when the Hall of Fame receives a questionnaire, requesting consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame. Anyone, including the person wishing to be considered, can submit a questionnaire.
The board of directors will verify the information provided on the questionnaire. As a starting point, the nominee should have spent a portion of their career performing in the area covered by the Hall of Fame (Indiana counties of Vigo, Clay, Sullivan, Vermillion, Parke, Greene, Putnam and Owen, and Illinois counties of Clark, Edgar and Crawford), be at least 50-years-old and have performed for at least 25 years. Qualified nominees are placed into the "candidate pool." Each year, the board of directors review the candidate pool and select the nominees who will be inducted at the next induction ceremony.