Dwight Beckham, Sr. (1931-) did his undergraduate and graduate work at Wichita University. He has studied composition with Homer Keller, Harold Moyer, Joshua Missal and Robert Marek. In addition to teaching 40 years in the public schools and colleges of Kansas, he has played trumpet with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 25 years and with the Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. He has been a member of the Wichita Wind Ensemble since its inception in 2007. Mr. Beckham has been inducted into both the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame and the Kansas Music Educators' Association Hall of Fame. He has written a number of publications and commissions for concert band, orchestra and chamber groups. He is the recipient of a Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship in Music Composition.