Kephart's Music Centers
2012 - Music Store
Rusty Kephart has performed with Redstone Trio (1967-1970); Greenfield Rejuvenation (1967-1968), Decorah; Greenfield Rhythm and Blues Band (1968-1970) Decorah; Rubber Band (1970-1971)West Union; Manhassett (1971-1975) Decorah; Fourth Estate (1975-1977) Minneapolis; Friends (1978-1980) Decorah; American Breeze (1980-1982) Decorah; Easy Street (1982-1983) Decorah; Country Cousins (1983-1985, 1990-2010) Decorah; Lifter (1986-1988) Decorah; Midnight Express (Carl Thompson) (1990-1995) Decorah; Hamilton Blues Band (2002-2004) Rochester.
He has also performed with The Association in 1974 ("And Along Comes Mary", "Windy", "Never My Love") Wade Kimes, Neil Breinhold Band (Utah), Larry Betcher Band (DBQ), Sounds of Nashville, Johnny Rockers, Gordon Linn Band. He won the Minnesota Battle of the Bands honors in 1976. In addition Rusty is proficient on the guitar, piano, harmonica, trumpet, flute, baritone, flugelhorn, and didgeridoo.
Rusty has been the leading clinician of Music Software visiting schools where he conducts clinics as a licensed in-service public school clinician. He has appeared in this role for Iowa Band Masters Association, Iowa All State Musicians Association, and School Superintendents Association.
He has served as President and Entertainment Chairman of Nordic Fest since 1989 and also awarded Grand Master Award of Nordic Fest for his work with entertainment.
Rusty has awarded 149 High School and College students Kepharts Music Center scholarships through Luther College, Wartburg College, St. Olaf College, Waldorf College, and University of Northern Iowa since 1989. He was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Service Award for lifetime Music Support from Luther College in Decorah, as well as Lifetime Friend of Iowa Band Masters Association for Iowa Music Education Support.
According to John Matter, Rusty's band, Manhassett owns the most attendance record at a dance at Matters Ballroom surpassing Lawrence Welk and Buddy Holly racking up the numbers in 1972.
Rusty has been President and CEO of Kepharts Music Center Inc. since 1989 with three retail outlets in Decorah, Dubuque, and Mason City. He taught guitar for 14 years at Kepharts Music Center and boasts many former students who perform professionally in Nashville, Colorado, and California.
Rusty Kephart takes special pride in starting beginners in all band and orchestra instruments.
The Iowa Rock 'N Roll Music Association welcomes Rusty Kephart into its 2012 Hall of Fame.