BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The 56th member of the Broome County Wall of Fame was celebrated Thursday for his lifelong commitment to music education.
Albert “Al” Hamme first came to the Southern Tier in 1961, and has been here ever since. He worked as a teacher in the Union-Endicott School District before attending Binghamton University.
At BU, he started the jazz club which he ran for more than 30 years, and held several positions.
Hamme says his greatest joy comes from those he mentored.
“I have quite a few musicians who are out there making a living from what I taught them,” Hamme said at his induction Thursday. “That’s really an important thing for me, to know my musicianship is being carried on in the future.”
Hamme was honored in a ceremony, and many of his former mentees were in attendance to show their support, and his star was then added to the wall of fame at the Broome County Forum Theatre.
He still performs occasionally at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage in Johnson City, as well as at Lost Dog Cafe in Binghamton.