35th Annual Induction Gala

The Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2017 Inductees

BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 9, 2017): A two-time Emmy Nominated and International Award Winning film composer and music producer, a world-renowned songwriter and a Wild Irish Rose are among the class of 2017 inductees who will enter this year’s Buffalo Music Hall of Fame (BMHOF). The inductees were officially unveiled during a special press conference held at the Buffalo History Museum on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

BMHOF President Anthony Casuccio opened the ceremony with a few words. “This year’s induction Gala has an incredible lineup of inductees,” said Casuccio. “We are honored to be able to showcase such an amazing class of incredible individuals from the Western New York region.”

BMHOF Inductees Joe Head (Class of 1992) and Mark Panfil (Class of 2016) entertained the attending crowd and announced the new class during the official announcement. Congressman Brian Higgins was also in attendance.

“Once again, the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame has chosen to induct a bevy of fantastically talented musicians, singers, and songwriters for its 2017 class, adding a wonderfully diverse group of performers to the more than 300 previous inductees,” said Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26). “I want to make special note of the HoF’s induction of Chauncey Olcott, a Buffalo native with proud Irish roots whose talent as an stage actor, singer and songwriter made him a star in the early part of the 20th century. Mr. Olcott’s artistic contributions and celebration of his Irish heritage made all of Buffalo proud, and it is heartwarming to see his talent and accomplishments recognized by this honor,” Higgins added.

The inductees will be formally honored at the 35th Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Gala on Thursday, October 5,at the Cardinal O'Hara Performing Arts Center, 39 Ohara Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150. Light snacks will be provided and beer, wine and pop, will be available for purchase. 

7ABC’sMike Randall will serve as the official host of this year’s event. Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Board Members Greg Hennessey and Carolyn Moser will serve as co-chairs of the Gala.


WAYNE SHARPE – President’s Award. You’ve heard Wayne Sharpe’s music; you probably just didn’t know it yet. Sharpe has composed the theme music for CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, the CBS election coverage theme, the Miss Universe Theme and too many more to mention here. He’s been heard in India, too, as he has composed the themes for multiple Bollywood extravaganzas. His list of credits goes on forever; you can check them out at

MIKE PHELPS – Legacy Award. Mike Phelps does one thing, but he does it incredibly well. He’s a first-choice drummer for sessions and live performances, with a collection of recording credits that just goes on and on. He’s also one of the house musicians at the Sportsmen’s Tavern. Phelps is also one of the masters of the Buffalo Shuffle!

HOWIE SIMON – Howie Simon is one of the hard rock fixtures in Los Angeles, but got his start in Buffalo. Simon was at the top of the Buffalo scene, touring with Ice Water Mansion and then his own band, Storm Warning, before moving to LA in 1994. Since then, he has toured Europe multiple times with hard rock singer/songwriter Ken Tamplin, played and recorded internationally with Jeff Scott Soto (ex-YngwieMalmsteen singer) and become known as one of the premiere LA players for jam sessions and teaching.

DAVE SCHMEIDLER – Dave Schmeidler may be the most versatile guitarists in Buffalo. Since first coming to attention with the craziness of the Small Appliance Orchestra in the late 1970s, Schmeidler has been part of Gamalon, Mark Freeland’s Electroman, Hoagie & the Blues Bombers, Stone Row (Celtic) and who knows how many other aggregations. He’s been universally acclaimed,including on his own prog rock recordings.

TERRY BUCHWALD – Terry Buchwald is known nationally as well as locally as an Elvis tribute artist. He has cornered the market as one of the best, making numerous national broadcast appearances and recording five albums in the Elvis style. But perhaps Buchwald’s biggest attribute is his charity work; he has raised a staggering amount for charity over the years.

JIM LINSNER – Jim Linsner is one of the area’s leading drummers… and leading drum teachers. He is known for his playing with the Need, JJ Swing and many other groups, but perhaps even more for his teaching and instructional books. He is the author of three books on drumming.

ALISON PIPITONE – Alison Pipitone has recorded nine albums of original material, both solo and with her bands, as she has become the area’s predominant female rock performer of the past couple of decades. She’s toured regionally, been a prominent presence in the LGBT community and was a founder and board member of the Hamburg Music Festival, which has raised over $100,000 for charity in the past 10 years (including a major contribution to the Colored Musicians Club’s piano fund).

CHAUNCEY OLCOTT – The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969. In 1970, Chauncey Olcott was inducted. That tells you something about his stature. Born in 1858 in Buffalo, he grew up in Buffalo and Lockport before going on to co-write “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “My Wild Irish Rose.” His career took him from minstrel shows to fame in London, and then on Broadway. After his death in 1932, Warner Brothers did a bio-pic film on his life called “My Wild Irish Rose.” It starred Dennis Morgan as Olcott.

THE JUMPERS – The Jumpers are a band on a level with Raven, Flash and Talas, groups that dominated their time and are candidates for best bands ever in Buffalo. While singer Terry Sullivan is already in the Hall, the group as a unit made a huge impact. Bob Kozak’s urgent power pop songs, Scott Miklasz’ wild guitar and Roger Nicol’s (drums) and Craig Meylan (bass) hypercharged rhythm section tied it all together. Not coincidentally, several of Terry’s best songs since the Jumpers have been Kozak compositions.

TOM STAHL & THE DANGERFIELDS – Tom Stahl (first solo and now with his band) has been a stalwart on the folk-roots-pop scene for at least 22 years, recording 10 more albums since his “I Wanna Be Ignorant” album burst on the scene in 1995. That title track has become his best-known song, but he’s gained a reputation for storytelling in song. Stahl has also worked prolifically with charities, collaborating with over a dozen organizations.

The Gala is open to the public. Tickets will be available the day of the event at the door for $25.00
 The event is presented by Buffalo’s Best Flowers and Main Mobility Inc.