The Blue Band Building will be renamed the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building in a special ceremony during the 2015 Homecoming weekend, October 9-11. The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the facility for the retiring faculty member at its March 20 board meeting.
Richard Bundy has served the band for two decades and been associated with one of the nation’s most recognized collegiate bands for more than 30 years. A professor in the School of Music, he began his career with the Penn State Marching Blue Band in 1983, serving first as acting assistant director then assistant director starting in 1987. He was named director of athletic bands in 1996. In addition to directing the Blue Band and overseeing the college's other athletic bands, he is director of the Concert Band and teaches courses in conducting, marching band techniques, instrumental music education and band literature. He holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees in music education from Penn State, and in 2014 was named an Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association.
“I feel very honored that they would even consider [naming the building after me], and just pleased as can be that I’ll have that sort of name association with the band as a program and the university as a whole,” said Bundy. He went on to say that the achievements of the Blue Band aren’t his alone, and cited his predecessors in the program.
“It’s really a legacy that was created by a number of directors,” Bundy said. “Anything like this is not the result of one person. It’s the result of many people over a number of years.”
Bundy said not only the previous directors of the Blue Band, but also its staff and students should be credited with its success.
“It’s kind of a group effort,” Bundy said. “Everybody’s played an important role in making the band be an organization and institute at Penn State that people can be proud of, and I am just really fortunate that I am going to be able to have my name associated with it.”
With his retirement at the end of the Spring 2015 semester, Bundy said he plans to travel and relax.