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Photo Gallery: Ron Keller conducts last concert as the Naperville Municipal Band Director

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Update, Jan. 18, 2024 / The other day a couple of lifelong Naperville residents and longtime PN readers told us that “Growing Up in Naperville” would be missed. Since 2020, Ron Keller’s memories featured in his monthly column have connected the growing community with the past 84 years.

News that Ron Keller is receiving Hospice care at St. Patrick’s Residence after in-and-out stays at Edward now is featured at Ron Keller’s “Caring Bridge.”

Ron’s family created a “Caring Bridge” website in order to share developments and updates, making sure they are including everyone who loves Ron.

“Because there are so many, it’s been hard to make sure everyone is kept in the loop, so hopefully this page can serve as update central going forward. I (Jeri Thompson) am putting this together in the hopes that y’all will feel comfortable using this site to share questions and thoughts, and also, should you need anything, you can feel comfortable reaching out to me.”

www.caringbridge.org/visit/ronaldjkeller (This is NOT a funding or donations page, merely a place to share information. Site created on Dec. 31, 2023.)

Original Post, Aug. 11, 2023 / After 57 years of leadership, mostly on stage in Central Park at the Community Concert Center, Ron Keller led his last concert as “Conductor and Music Director” with the Naperville Municipal Band on August 10, 2023.

Now, the Naperville native will assume his new role as Director Emeritus, passing the baton onto the new Conductor, Emily Binder. 

Bill Jastrow will take Binder’s role as Assistant Conductor.

What a grand night for music that showcased marches composed by Keller and several of his favorite song writers, including his inspiration, John Philip Sousa. The concert ended with a rousing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” written by American composer and conductor Sousa, known as the “American March King.”

Thanks for the memories!

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