IRRMA Hall of Fame Inductees

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  • Gary Kellgren

    Category:Artist
    Inducted:2017
    Gary Kellgren Gary Kellgren was an institution. Born and raised in Shenandoah, Gary graduated in 1957. His classmates and friends growing up in this small Midwestern town included Charlie Haden (known as the worlds best Jazz bass player), Larry Greenwalt (nationally known visual artist) and Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers). Gary Kellgren...
  • David Sandler

    Category:Artist
    Inducted:2017
    David Sandler David Sander was born in Des Moines, Iowa and received his secondary and high school education in West Des Moines which included eleven years of classical piano training there and four years of alto saxophone lessons. David began writing songs and arranging them in his home while searching for an outlet for them. In college he started...
  • Don "Shakey" Ahrens

    Category:Artist
    Inducted:2017
    Don "Shakey" Ahrens Where Don Ahrens got the nickname "Shakey" has always been a mystery. What hasn't been a mystery is the impact he had on the music business in the Iowa Great lakes area, particulary, Rock and Roll. After living in the Los Angeles area Shakey moved back to his home town in the early sixties. With his wife Kay by...
  • Rieman Music

    Category:Music Store
    Inducted:2017
    Rieman Music Thousands of Iowans have played their very first notes on instruments rented or purchased from Rieman Music.   The company began in the early 1950’s when instrument repair tech Frank Rieman started servicing instruments at his property on Broadway in Des Moines.  Before long, Frank and his wife Dorothy were selling...
  • Bruce Cameron

    Category:Spirit Award
    Inducted:2017
    Bruce Cameron Bruce Cameron's roots in music run deep.  Both of his grandmothers were professional performers in Chicago. He began taking piano lessons in 3rd grade learning to read music but his true gift was to play by ear. His freshman year at Dowling Catholic High School in Des Moines found him in choir as a second tenor. Shortly...
  • Greg Miksich

    Category:Spirit Award
    Inducted:2017
    Greg Miksich Greg Miksich is a resident of West Des Moines, Iowa. He began his musical career in 1965 as a "wanna be" drummer. After a short time he changed gears and began playing guitar in a neighborhood garage band and continued playing throughout his high school years. He enjoyed  singing in the Dowling and Valley high school glee clubs....
  • Merle & Jan Wiese

    Category:Spirit Award
    Inducted:2017
    Merle & Jan Wiese A passion for car racing and restoring cars brought Merle and Jan Wiese together. They were married on Aug. 3, 2001. The couple resides on a farm near Lake Park where Merle raises hogs and Jan works at Pure Fishing in Spirit Lake. They both grew up loving music. When someone told them about the Rock the Roof concerts in...
  • Surf Zombies

    Category:Spirit Award
    Inducted:2017
    Surf Zombies Iowa’s Surf Zombies are gearing up for another fun year of rock. The 4 man band has enjoyed a slow steady rise in popularity in the Midwest over the past eleven years since their first gig opening for Dick Dale at Gabes’ in Iowa City. They play at car shows, clubs, festivals and theaters and do small tours of Wisconsin,...
  • Karie Skogman

    Category:Women Who Rock
    Inducted:2017
    Karie Skogman Karie’s musical journey began around the age of 9.  She would watch her mother play several pieces on the piano, and she was fascinated.  She began piano lessons, which eventually led to flute lessons, and ultimately led to guitar lessons.   Although she enjoyed them all, it was immediately apparent the...
  • Craig Erickson

    Category:Artist
    Inducted:2017
    Craig Erickson Born to a jazz guitarist father and pianist mother, Craig begin playing guitar at age 12.By age 13 he had his first band playing neighborhood and school parties. Meanwhile he was honing his keyboard, bass, drums, and songwriting skills in the basement and recording demos. At age 15 he joined a popular area rock...
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