Jackie Schmillen, daughter of Jane Schmillen and Joe Schmillen of Cherokee, was inducted as a member of the group Rockestra, which is based in Sioux City. Jackie is a vocalist with the group, which is a 40-piece unique blend of orchestra, traditional rock and roll instruments, and vocals.
The group performed its first concert in November 2004 at Eppley Auditorium on the Morningside College campus, and continued performing to ever-increasing crowds, which forced them to move to the Sioux City Orpheum, beginning in 2007. The group was the brainchild of John Luebke, and he serves as the Director of the group, with Stephanie Irish serving as music arranger and Assistant Director.
In addition to Jackie and Jim, singer Tommy Roe, and the groups Endless Summer, The Chevelles, Night Flight, Split Second Band, The Macabras, and The Embers were inducted.
Also included were musicians Rick Casciato, Mike Langley, Shane von Holdt, Dewey Leopold, Sandy Manuel and Molly Nova; the Iowa State Fair Teen Town; broadcasters Mylan Ray and Woody Woodward; administrators Doris Welle and Naomi Senn; photographer Dick Cole; manger/promoter Rick Geisler, Kephart's Music Center in Decorah; the Nob Hill Ballroom north of Decorah; KICD Radio in Spencer; and Spirit Award winner Bob Yeske.