Don mcMahel

Inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2013

NAHS 1948 Graduate

McMahel became IU Southeast’s first music director in 1963. He taught music appreciation and served on the planning committee for the Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center. In 1997, McMahel partnered with James Poteet, a former student of his to start the IU Southeast Concert Band. During his 50 years at IU Southeast, McMahel did extensive work with the IU Southeast music program.

Jamey Aebersold

Inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2008

NAHS 1957 Graduate

Jamey Aebersold was born July 21, 1939, in New Albany, Indiana. He attended college at Indiana University and graduated in 1962 with a Masters Degree in Saxophone. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by Indiana University in 1992. He also plays piano, bass and banjo.

In 1989, the International Association of Jazz Educators inducted Jamey into their Hall of Fame at the San Diego convention. With this award, Jamey joins other jazz luminaries such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and others.

Jamey is a internationally-known saxophonist and authority on jazz education and improvisation, and has developed a series of Jazz Play-A-Longs (book and cd sets (now numbering almost 130 volumes) as well as various other supplemental aids for the development of improvisational skills. The Aebersold book and recording sets allow a musician the opportunity to practice and improvise with well-known jazz personalities at home as well as in the classroom. The recordings employ some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This concept has been responsible for changing the practice habits of thousands of musicians around the world.

William Ryall

Inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2007

NAHS 1958 Graduate

A retired Army Colonel with a total of 38 years of active and reserve duty, Bill’s distinguished military career led him through the Infantry School, Command & General Staff College, and the Army War College. During his time in active duty, he served with USAREUR (the U.S. Army in Europe) and even escorted President John F. Kennedy when he visited the troops. During the first Gulf War, he served at the Joint Operations Center for NATO.

Annabelle Johnson

Inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2022

NAHS 1962 Graduate

Annabelle worked as a cartographer with the Office of the U.S. Army Topographic Command.  One of the programs she worked was to develop the 13 lunar landing sites for the Apollo 11 mission.  She also helped to develop maps used by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf during his daily Desert Storm briefings.


Inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2022

NAHS 1962 Graduate

Being the recipient of the A. Fielder Myers Scholarship allowed Carolyn to be the first in her family to attend college.  Studying education, she began a 40-year-long career as a teacher, much of which was spent working at NAFCS.  She was awarded the NAFC Teacher of the Year Award in 1985.  She continued to advocate for education long after her retirement by remaining active in the Indiana State Teachers Association.

Susan Adams

Inducted into the New Albany High School Hall of Fame in 2016

NAHS 1964 Graduate

Taught choir, hand bells, and general music at Floyd Central Jr. High for 35 years

Music director at Central Christian Church for 25 years

Helped create The Chalice Hymnal

Membership in several music clubs and associations

Pat Harbison

NAHS 1973 Graduate

Pat Harbison is Professor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where he joined the faculty in 1997. At IU he teaches jazz improvisation, jazz history and directs the jazz combo program. He has been on the faculty of the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Workshops since 1976. He travels internationally as a jazz trumpet artist and educator and has performed at jazz concerts and festivals and taught around the world. From 1984-97 he taught Trumpet and Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Dave Rogers

NAHS 1973 Graduate

Dave Rogers is a professional trumpet player residing in New York City, where he frequently performs in the pit on Broadway and routinely fills in for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  On Broadway, Rogers is credited in the following Playbills:  Chess, The Producers, Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk, Hello Dolly!, City of Angels, Cabaret, and Sweet Charity.