O. Richard Bundy, the man whose name has been associated with the Penn State Blue Band for more than 30 years, has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2015. Bundy was a graduate assistant with the Blue Band from 1980-1983. He served as acting assistant director of the band from 1983 to 1987, when he was named assistant director. He was named director in 1996.
In addition to directing the Blue Band and overseeing the other athletic bands, he is director of the Concert Band, teaches courses in conducting, marching band techniques, instrumental music education, and band literature. The College of Arts and Architecture is launching a nationwide search for his replacement.
Bundy said he hasn't had a chance to think about his final season yet. "I'm sure it's going to be emotional at times, as I think of doing things with the band for the last time. I think it will mean a great deal to be able to have this final season with the band, and to take some satisfaction in having represented Penn State well. I will enjoy working with this last group of students as we get ready to go forward and do the best job we can for Penn State."
In retirement, Bundy will have a lot to keep him busy. "My plans include addressing the 'honey-do' list my wife has been compiling for 35 years," he joked, adding, "I do have some longstanding interests such as photography, woodworking and learning to play guitar that I look forward to having time to pursue in retirement, and I hope to get back to performing on trombone -- something that has been on the back burner for quite some time." He also plans to travel, and to spend time with his four children and five grandchildren.
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