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Friday, September 29, 2023

Ron Keller

Ron Keller is a lifelong Naperville resident, tuba enthusiast and has been conducting the Naperville Municipal Band for over 50 years.

Growing up in Naperville – Grateful for memorable career

Maybe this column should be renamed “All Grown Up in Naperville!” From the time I was in first grade, I wanted to be in the...

Growing up in Naperville – Thanks for 57 years of memories

The number 57 seems to be in my genes. I graduated from Naperville Community High School, now Naperville Central High School, on June 7,...

Growing up in Naperville – Victory gardens, war bonds and clinkers

When I was in kindergarten in 1944, I would take a dime to school every Friday. I would buy a stamp at the principal’s...

Folks tell Ron Keller his memories of growing up in Naperville could fill a book

Above / A colorful mural titled "The Great Concerto" by Barton Gunderson depicts images of Naperville Municipal Band leaders Elmer Koerner and Ron Keller...

Growing up in Naperville – A few more notes about band life

Over many years, I have witnessed many funny or unusual happenings in band or while teaching band. Every time I’ve related some of these...

Growing up in Naperville – From one band job to the next

As I said last month, my first band job was really tough because as a new teacher, you kind of feel you way as...

Growing up in Naperville – Drawn toward the art of teaching music

Above / Ron Keller, pictured here in 1969, has been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band since 1954. (PN File Photo) This column, “Growing...

Growing up in Naperville – Growth in Naperville

In the fall of 1944, I entered kindergarten at Ellsworth School. The first week of school my mom walked with me so I could...

Growing up in Naperville – Celebrating holidays, yesterday and today

This past holiday season I found myself thinking about how it used to be around all of our family get-togethers and how close all...

Growing up in Naperville – TubaChristmas returns to downtown Naperville

When I first learned to play the tuba in third grade, I never imagined one day there would be a "TubaChristmas," a special concert...
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