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Ron Keller

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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 – 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...

Growing up in Naperville – Sausage making

In mid-October my granddaughter, my wife and I continued a family tradition that was brought to Naperville from Germany in 1851! My great-grandfather, Adam Keller,...

Growing up in Naperville – Farm town to large suburb

Growing up in Naperville, I've watched a small blue collar, farming town become a large city in the suburbs of Chicago. My great grandfather, Adam...

Growing up in Naperville – Correctly remembering the past

As a young boy growing up in Naperville—or any place else, for that matter—facts of events, things, experiences, if remembered, sometimes become a little...

Growing up in Naperville – Leaders of the band

This year marks my 56th year as director of the Naperville Municipal Band—and I can remember my first concert as though it were yesterday. We...

Growing up in Naperville – The 1812 Overture

Folks who attend the Thursday evening Naperville Municipal Band concerts are accustomed at seeing Ann Lord at the microphone, weaving her announcements and facts...

Growing up in Naperville – Lessons learned from haircuts to fishing

Above / Though Lake Osborne just west of the Naperville Public Safety Center on Aurora Avenue was not there when Ron Keller was a...

Growing up in Naperville – Ron’s 78th Memorial Day Parade

April showers bring May flowers! How many times have you heard that very old statement? For me, the month of May has many memories, the...

Growing up in Naperville – Ramblin’ with Ron

Uncle Les and Aunt Edna Arnett are pictured at the rock garden at 616 N. Ellsworth Street. (Photo courtesy Ron Keller) This month I may...

Growing up in Naperville – Keller connections

When you’re young, like maybe 7 or 8 years old, you don’t think much about relatives or where they come from. As I was...

Growing up in Naperville – Class of ’57 Reunion

As many of us born in 1939 approach the 65th Naperville High School reunion, I found this recollection in my files that was written...

Growing up in Naperville – Trip down memory lane features treasured teachers

I entered kindergarten at Ellsworth School right after Labor Day in 1944. My teacher was Miss Reynolds. However, after three weeks of school, we...

Growing up in Naperville – Memories of Municipal Band, movies and malts

I know I’ve mentioned it in the past, but my mom and dad both played in the Naperville Municipal Band. Mom loved the classic...

Growing up in Naperville – Music in my life

I read an interesting article recently about how music played an important role in helping two elders in a nursing home find each other....

Growing up in Naperville – Never forget!

Where were you? That question was asked of me several times during the Sept. 11 Observance on Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 2021. Well, I got...

Growing up in Naperville – The band shell

It is a matter of Naperville history that dating back to the early 1900s, there have been four band stands in our town. The first...

Growing up in Naperville – A funny thing happened on the way to band...

Over the years of hearing stories from my dad about all the crazy things that happened to the Naperville Municipal Band (NMB), I began...

Growing up in Naperville – June is bustin’ out all over!

As a very young boy, about age 5, I remember walking with my Aunt Pearl from our house on Ellsworth Street south to the...

Growing up in Naperville – Summertime post WWII

On April 25 a small group of “old timers” gathered at the Naperville Train Station, just east of Fourth Avenue, to commemorate the 75th...

Growing up in Naperville – April showers?

Well, living in Naperville or northern Illinois, for that matter, you can be sure there is no guarantee on the weather. My dad talked about...

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