Ray E. Cramer joined the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music in the fall of 1969. He became director of the famed Marching Hundred in 1972. In 1982, Mr. Cramer was appointed Director of Bands. Under his leadership, the Indiana University Symphonic Band has earned an international reputation for outstanding musical performances. Cramer is a member of ABA, CBDNA, MENC, IMEA, IBA, CIDA, and is affiliated with Phi Mu Alpha, Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Phi Kappa Delta and Phi Beta Mu. Mr. Cramer's solid musicianship, broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary wind literature and keen sense of humor keeps him in constant demand as a guest conductor / clinician throughout the country. He has conducted numerous All-State Bands as well as summer band clinics, including the Interlochen Arts Academy. A native of Illinois, Mr. Cramer has degrees from Western Illinois University and the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Molly, have two children, Heather and Jeremy, both graduates of Indiana University. - Congratulations goes out to Ray Cramer for being awarded the 2005 Midwest Medal of Honor.