Banjo Hall of Fame Induction


In an ongoing effort to honor the pioneers of the four-string banjo - as well as contemporary figures who carry on the traditions of their predecessors, the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame was established in 1998. Since that time, fifty-two people, companies or groups have been inducted into the HOF.

Three of those have St. Louis connections. Mel Bay was inducted for his outstanding efforts in educating many banjoists through his various publications. Every beginning banjo player is grateful for his efforts.

John Becker was inducted in April 2009 in the Performance category. He and his wife were able to attend the ceremony and receive the award personally. Ten members of the St. Louis banjo Club along with spouses attended this special tribute to John.

Those same ten members also were pleased to be able to see Dave Frey inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Education category. Dave and his wife, Sally, live in California and brought their own entourage to help Dave celebrate the receipt of his honor. Dave is a member of the St. Louis Banjo Club. He left his mark in St. Louis by leading a four-day seminar and getting to know many of our members personally. Dave joined our Club and we are grateful for our association with him.

Below are some additional photos from the event.

Each inductee has a framed history of their lifetime banjo achievements which is displayed at the American Banjo Museum. In the center is John with Doug Mattocks who took time off from his Holland America entertainment duties to honor John and tell a few stories about his favorite banjo player. To the right are some of the St. Louis Banjo Club members who came to witness this event.