Clark J. Haines


Inducted 2004

Clark J. Haines was a musician and indefatigable volunteer who believed in the power of music to change lives. He was a distinguished educator, serving as music director and assistant superintendent of personnel and community relations for Kettering City Schools. He started the Dayton Philharmonic Band, resurrected the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus, and began the National Cash Register Company Band, which was made up of young musicians from all over the area who auditioned for the honor to play each Sunday afternoon. He directed the Grace United Methodist Church Choir for over 40 years. After 5 years of full time volunteer effort, he founded WDPR, the city’s classical radio station, and served on the Board until the year he died. He was a gifted musician himself, playing piano, saxophone and clarinet. Known as Dayton’s Music Man, Clark Haines was a talented musician but his greatest gift was the inspiration he gave so freely to others.