Friday, May 8, 2015

Special Guest Conductor

It was a special night for great music at the annual spring band concert, May 7, 2015. Senior band students were recognized and special guest OJR Alumnus, Richard G. Wells, thrilled the audience as he led as guest conductor  on “Semper Fidelis” as a grand finale to the concert. 

Mr. Wells was the former OJR Band Director (1961 – 1968). He graduated from Warwick High School (before it became the Owen J. Roberts school system). After leaving Owen J. Roberts in 1968, Mr. Wells went to Kutztown University where he was an associate professor in the department of music.  Mr. Wells taught 29 years before retiring in 1997, influencing scores of students and graduates to aspire to excellence in music performance and remain loyal to the ideals and benefits of music and education. OJRHS Band Director Todd Mengel shared, “It’s a great honor to welcome him back to Owen J. Roberts.” Mr. Mengel found an album created by Mr. Wells and the OJR band in the 60's. All the present band members signed it and presented him with it as a token of their appreciation for his work with them these past weeks.

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