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Barbarotto nominated to state hall of fame

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

Jon Barbarotto of Evening Shade was nominated to the Arkansas Bandmaster's Hall of Fame during the All-State Convention in Hot Springs Feb. 15. He will be inducted at the next all-state convention in February 2003.Barbarotto received the Raymond and Ruth Brandon Award for outstanding contribution to Arkansas School Bands for 37 years services, the "Bandmaster of the Year" award in 1984 and the "Arkansas Men of Music Award" in 1985. He serves as co-director of the Northeast Ozark Community Band. He is a member of Phi Beta Mu, a national band director fraternity; a member of American School Band Director Association; is a past president of Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association and is on the board of Dixie Band Camp on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway.Barbarotto is active in community activities. He is a member of Evening Shade United Methodist Church and has served as a lay speaker. He was selected as "Man of the Year" while teaching at Brinkley. A past president of the Newport Lions Club, he served as secretary of the Newport Masonic Lodge and is currently the secretary of Evening Shade Lodge. He has been honored for 50 years service to the Boy Scouts of America. The 1997 Class of Eagle Scouts was named "The Jon Barbarotto Class of Eagle Scouts" and he was presented a plaque in recognition of his outstanding dedication during the past half century. He is a recipient of the Scouters Key, District Award of Merit, Woodbadge Staff and the coveted Silver Beaver Award.Barbarotto and his wife of 53 years, Mickey, are the parents of a daughter, Sandra Jo Hardin of Jackson, Tenn., and a son, Richard Anthony Barbarotto, of El Dorado. They have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.