Melvin L. Shelton was born and educated in Kansas, graduating with a BA from Wichita State University and a MM from the University of Idaho. Also, VanderCook College of Music awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Music. He started his teaching career in Pretty Prairie, Kansas as Music Director for 3 years, then came to Boise High School and was Director of Bands and Orchestra for 9 years. He was appointed Director of Bands and Professor of Music at Boise State University in 1968, retiring in 1993. He has been a member of IMEA for forty years and served as President of District III, and Chairman of many All-State Band and Orchestra Committees. He composed "Basque Rhapsody" for the Idaho All-State Band, and was awarded IMEA "Music Educator of the Year" in 2002. Mel played principal trumpet with the Boise Philharmonic for many years and was solo cornetist and conductor of the Boise Municipal Band. While at BSU, Mel started the Treasure Valley Wind Ensemble and he served as summer Faculty at U. of Wisconsin, University of Idaho and Ricks College. He was an adjudicator, guest conductor and clinician for honor groups and festivals all over the U.S. Dr. Shelton's twelve original band compositions have been performed in the United State, Europe, Australia and Japan.