CHARLESTON - Retired Keyser High School band director Richard Frush was inducted into the West Virginia Band Directors Hall of Fame Saturday during the sixth annual West Virginia State Marching Band Invitational Championship.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
CHARLESTON - Retired Keyser High School band director Richard Frush was inducted into the West Virginia Band Directors Hall of Fame Saturday during the sixth annual West Virginia State Marching Band Invitational Championship.
Frush, who served as director of bands for the Golden Tornado for 33 years, was nominated for the honor by retired Mineral County superintendent of schools Skip Hackworth and also by his daughter, Andrea Hasley, who currently serves as president of the West Virginia Music Educator’s Association.
“Mr. Frush was and still is a tremendous music educator in West Virginia,” Hackworth wrote in his letter of nomination. “He is most respected by his peers in Mineral County, as well as by his fellow directors throughout West Virginia and the Potomac Highlands region.”
“Mr. Frush is the best music teacher under whom I have studied,” Hasley wrote. “Not only did he demand excellence, he also explained the stories behind pieces of music. It was not uncommon for band members to read a poem or hymn on which a piece was based. We were always required to convey the appropriate emotion to the audience – always based on the composer’s intentions.
“During the scope of his marching band career, his ensembles grew in size (consistently with more than 100 participants) and accolades (Keyser won seven Chapter XIII championships and numerous other festival recognitions).  
“But perhaps more important than participants and awards, he left a mark on a small community that will never be forgotten,” she said.
Although he retired as director of bands in 2005, Frush has continued to keep music “at the center of his life, both as an educator and performer,” Hasley said.
He is a member and current director of the Potomac State Community Concert Band, is a member of the Potomac State College Jazz Band and Potomac Concert Band, frequently plays with groups at Frostburg State University, is a guest clinician for local high schools, sings in the choir at Grace United Methodist Church in Keyser, and performs regularly with the Pan Jammin’ Steel Drum Studio.
He has continued to share his musical expertise with the band programs at Frankfort, Mountain Ridge and Musselman high schools.
During his career, Frush has earned numerous honors and recognitions, including West Virginia Band Master of the Year in 1991, 2000 and 2005; Keyser Legion of Honor and Keyser High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000; West Virginia Outstanding Music Educator in 1997 and Shepherd University Friends of Music in 2005.
The honor was bestowed upon Frush during the invitation at Laidley Field in Charleston, followed by the Jefferson High School Band playing the Keyser fight song in his honor.