Mr. McPherson to the AK High
School Hall of Fame
By Greg Buxton Jr.
April 10, 2010
How awesome to find out about Mr. McPherson getting the nod to
the Alaska High School Hall of Fame! I was fortunate enough to
be taught by him for the first time back in 1980. I was just
learning to play the "drums" and had attended the Summer
Fine Arts Camp in Sitka, AK. I was truly a novice then, and Mr.
McPherson was extremely patient with me. He'd challenged us all
to put in the time to improve no matter what abilities we had
The next opportunity to play for Mr. McPherson was in the fall
of '83 while he conducted those of us who qualified for the Southeast
AK High School Honor Band. Music students in the late'70's-early
80's in Metlakatla schools were taught by an outstanding, in
their own right, couple who taught our music program-Shelley
and Terrell Heiserman. I had improved quite a bit in those 3
short years and felt I was a solid drummer, but he convinced
all of us who qualified that we could only get better with even
My last go around with Mr. McPherson was with the Ketchikan Community
Concert Band Spring of '88. I was attending the U of AK Southeast-Ketchikan
and decided to join since he was conducting. I had come full
circle, I was a fairly accomplished percussionist(much more than
just a "drummer") and was excited to contribute and
show him my abilities. His expression of surprise followed by
the look of pride. A look he had that I will never forget.
I live in Metlakatla and the Walden Point Road is promised to
be nearly complete that would allow my 3 children and hopefully
many more Metlaktlatlans to have the opportunity to be taught
individually by Mr. McPherson and hopefully join one of his bands.
I can hardly wait, I've known for the last 30 years that Mr.
McPherson was something special for the things he taught me and
molded the work ethic that had helped build strong character
which enhanced chances for future success in life. But, above
all of those important lessons, you knew he cared about the music
and most importantly the people who he taught and it continues
Thanks to Mr. Truitt for nominating and congratulations Mr. McPherson
for making the Hall of Fame.
Greg Buxton Jr.
Received April 09, 2010 - Published
April 10, 2010
McPherson Chosen For Hall of Fame - Roy McPherson of Ketchikan has been
chosen by the Alaska School Activities Association for the Alaska
High School Hall of Fame Class of 2010. He is the first person
in the music field to be selected. The category is listed as
"activity sponsor, Ketchikan - band and district music coordinator".
Gil Truitt, a 2006 Alaska High School Hall of Fame inductee nominated
McPherson. - More...
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