Hampton Rudy Wines passed away on Oct. 23, 2022. He was born on Oct. 24, 1924 in Wausau, Wisconsin to John Henry Wines and Myrtle Rudy Wines. The family moved to Menomonie, Wisconsin in 1929. He graduated from Menomonie High School in 1942, playing cornet in the band.
On Dec. 8, 1942, Hampton enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was called to active duty on Feb. 23, 1943. While stationed in California he met Ruth L. Jones. He received an honorable discharge on Feb. 15, 1946, and married Ruth on Feb. 28, 1946, in Fresno, California. In June 1950 he graduated from the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education.
He taught band and choir in Ensign, Kansas from 1950-1952 and then in Gillette, Wyoming from 1952-1954. He moved with his wife and three children (John, Candy and Terry) to Kennewick, Washington in 1954 to teach band at Kennewick High School, Park Junior High and several grade schools. While at Kennewick HS, the 100-piece marching band participated in many parades, including the Spokane Lilac Festival Parade. The band also played for the dedication of McNary Dam in 1954, with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in attendance. The concert band earned six Superior ratings at band contests. Mr. Wines also purchased a mobile 7-foot bass drum and had the Kennewick Lions’ logo painted on it. This drum was used when the band marched in the Portland Rose Festival Parade in 1961.
In 1961, Hampton moved his family to Aberdeen to become the Music Supervisor for the Aberdeen Public Schools. He served in this capacity for 22 years until his retirement in 1983. He taught the high school band, both junior highs and several grade schools. In 1974, he earned his Master of Arts in Music from the University of Oregon.
While directing the band at Aberdeen HS, they garnered 18 Superior ratings at the Southwest Washington band contests. He also sponsored the guest artist concert series that included Rafael Mendez, Bill Page, George Roberts, Buddy Rich and “Doc” Severinsen. Over the years, he produced recordings of the band that included concert band contest pieces, the Sophisticats and the MJBs. These recordings also included three of the five guest artists mentioned above during their performances with the band. In 1970, the band marched in the Portland Rose Festival Parade.
Beginning in 1971, the Aberdeen HS Band went on four tours, playing concerts in many different countries. In 1971, a six-week tour to Europe included Norway, Sweden, Poland, Russia, Denmark and East and West Berlin. In 1975, they performed at the North American Band Contest in Acapulco, Mexico. In 1978, they toured England and Scotland, performing in the sister city of Aberdeen, Scotland. In 1981, they toured Switzerland and Austria.
In 1972, both Hampton and Ruth accepted Jesus as their personal savior. They were active Christians and attended the Cosmopolis Gospel Chapel.
Hampton was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth L. Wines and his youngest son, Terry R. Wines. He is survived by his oldest son, John H. Wines (Linnea) of Tumwater, daughter Candice M. Olsen (Rex) of Kennewick and grandsons Michael Olsen, Matthew Olsen and John David Wines. Special thanks to Rob Hilliard for creating the video presentation.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 1200 Soule Ave., Hoquiam. In lieu of flowers please donate to the HR Wines Music Scholarship Fund.