Eddy M. Williams

Inducted — 2014

Eddy Williams

Eddy M. Williams served as a music educator for the Lewiston School District, teaching mainly at Lewiston High School for 20 of his 34 years. His experience includes 1 year in Genesee (this was done while he completed his last year of college, graduating with a Music Ed degree from the University of Idaho), 5 years in Clarkston, WA, 4 years at Sacajawea JH (Lewiston), 16 years at Lewiston HS, 1 year in Wooster HS (Reno, NV), and 7 years for the Ilwaco School District as an elementary through high school band instructor.

Under his direction, the band took 200 Lewiston High School students and 50 chaperones to two Presidential Inaugural Parades (for Nixon in 1973 and for Carter in 1977) and also to New York City, showing students in Lewiston that there is a big world out there to explore and learn about. The Lewiston High School Jazz Band also traveled many times to the Reno Jazz Festival, winning numerous awards that led to their invitation to tour Europe in 1974 as ambassadors of jazz and of the Northwest United States. They visited England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Lichtenstein, an unforgettable experience that his students still rave about today. In 1974, Eddy was presented the Governor's award for excellence from Cecil D. Andrus due to his outstanding work with Lewiston High School's musicians.

Eddy served in both the U.S. Army & U.S. Air Force as a member of the 9th Service Command Band in Salt Lake City and the Fort Wright Air Force Band in Spokane, WA. He was a member of IMEA for 17 years and served three terms as District II IMEA President. For 16 years he was the chairman of the formidable Lewiston Music Festival, a 3 day event that involved 25 bands from all over Northern Idaho and Western Washington. Eddy spent his summers the same way he spent his school year…teaching students. He worked for 10 years at the University of Nevada Reno Summer Music Camp and also worked for Lewis Clark State College’s For the Love of Music Summer Program. During the summer he also enjoyed exchanging music and ideas with other educators and traveling with his family all around the Northwest and to the Caribbean.

Eddy was married to his wife, Arlene, for 42 years until her death in 2008. They are the parents of three children. Eddy and Arlene ran a successful music store in Lewiston with his brother for 8 years. Some of those years he was teaching and working at the store simultaneously.