Lorraine Johnson Earls graduated from Kansas State University (with Honors) and included Washington State University and Boise State University in her music education. She taught band, choir, general music in Phillipsburg, Kansas, 1944-1947. From 1947-1961 and 1969-1986 she taught band and orchestra in Boise schools. She has been a member of IMEA since 1947, helped organize the first IMEA Conference in 1952; was IMEA Secretary-Treasurer for ten years; was awarded the first Honorary IMEA Life Membership; was chosen "Music Educator of the Year" 1975; received a certificate of "Recognition for Outstanding Service" by Gov. John Evans, 1986; the "Distinguished Music Educator Award" by the Northwest Bandmasters Assn. in 1997; was the first woman elected to American School Band Directors Assn.; was Charter member of Women Band Director International.