Distinguished Alumnus Wayne Messmer '72 to Perform During Homecoming
Oct. 9, 2017
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.—Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus Wayne Messmer '72 — recipient
of the 2017 Distinguished Alumnus Award — will speak and perform Friday, Oct. 13 at
2 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium during Homecoming festivities. Messmer will be joined by bandleader Ron Bedal '76 and jazz artist Angel
Spiccia-Slykas for “The Business of Music,” an event which is free and open to the
As part of the event, Messmer, Bedal and Spiccia-Slykas will share their experiences
as working, professional musicians. The event will include a lecture, a master class
and a concert set, including on-stage participation by selected Illinois Wesleyan
students. With Bedal as musical director, the event will feature vocal performances
by Messmer and Spiccia-Slykas.
A Chicago native, Messmer is a professional speaker, singer, broadcaster, author and
actor. The long-time former public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs, Messmer
is known as the popular “Voice of Wrigley Field” for singing The Star-Spangled Banner
before many Cubs games, including in the 2016 World Series.
In addition, Messmer will sing the national anthem before the Homecoming football
game against Carroll University, which begins Saturday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.
A pianist, saxophonist, composer and arranger, Bedal is one of the Midwest's premier
bandleaders. With over 20 years of experience, Bedal is the founder of the Ron Bedal
Orchestra, a group that covers all styles and genres of music and performs at corporate
events, charity galas and upscale weddings.
A jazz artist, Spiccia-Slykas performs in a variety of jazz venues throughout the
Chicagoland area. She is also a partner in her father's social event business, Musickworks
LTD, where she both performs and books/manages music entertainment. Spiccia-Slykas
earned her bachelor’s degree from Millikin University.
The event is sponsored by Phi Mu Alpha, Illinois Wesleyan’s music fraternity. For
additional information, please contact the School of Music at (309) 556-3061.