Glen and Meredith Mitchell of Walla Walla celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 17, 2018.
They married on Aug. 17, 1968, at the Walla Walla Presbyterian Church. A spring cruise to Hawaii and the renewing of vows by Capt. Mariano Manfuso of the Star Princess was a highlight of the 50th celebration, the Mitchells said.
In addition, a special celebratory dinner with their daughters and families was held at the Marc Restaurant.
The couple met at Walla Walla High School where they played in the Wa-Hi band. Their musical talents and passions led them to attended Washington State University where they majored in music education, graduating with bachelor of music degrees in 1968 and 1969.
Music remained an important part of their lives and they shared their love for music with students and the communities of Asotin, Dayton and Auburn, Wash., before returning to Walla Walla in 1972.
The Mitchells’ have performed with the Walla Walla Symphony, The Oregon East Symphony and the Inland Northwest Musicians.
Meredith taught private flute lessons at Whitman College, Walla Walla University, Walla Walla Community College and in her home studio.
Hundreds of young aspiring flute students were inspired by Meredith’s playing and teaching.
She was ensemble director for the Wa-Hi band for many years and her ensembles represented the district at state ensemble contests on numerous occasions.
In 1989 Meredith and Glen became charter members of the Walla Walla Community Band. They still love to perform with the now Walla Walla Valley Band.
Meredith concluded her public school career when she taught music at Edison Elementary School.
Glen obtained his “dream job” when he was selected in 1972 to follow Russ Larsen as Wa-Hi band director. Glen directed the band for 29 years and was district director of music for Walla Walla Public Schools.
He also at various times in his career directed middle school vocal music at Pioneer and Garrison Middle schools.
Being selected by the Washington Music Educators Association as Washington’s Music Teacher of the Year in 2006 is a career highlight for Glen.
He and Meredith have directed church choirs in each of the communities in which they lived. They also served as co-directors of the Walla Walla Community Band.
They have two daughters and a son-in-law, Melodie Hardwick and Denise and Brian Hurst; five grandchildren and their two great-grandchildren.