Dr. O. Richard Bundy, serves as director of the Penn State Blue Band
While the spirit of Penn State is embodied by many, it’s illustrated perhaps most clearly by the energetic, passionate and longtime leader of the Penn State Blue Band, Dr. O. Richard Bundy ‘70 ‘87 D.Ed.
Richard and the Penn State community have a long, rich history, dating back to his days as an undergraduate, when he earned a bachelor’s in music education. After graduation, he served as a trombonist with the United States Continental Army Band, followed by teaching band and instrumental music in the Iroquois (PA) School District. After completing a master’s program at the University of Michigan, he returned to his alma mater for his doctoral degree.
Richard joined the University Park faculty in 1983 as a professor of music education with teaching responsibilities in conducting, marching band techniques, instrumental music education and band literature in addition to his band program responsibilities. An active guest conductor and adjudicator, Richard has conducted ensembles and presented clinics throughout the United States and Canada. He is a member of the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA), National Association for Music Education, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, Phi Beta Mu, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and is a past president of the CBDNA’s Eastern Division and Phi Beta Mu’s Nu chapter.
Since taking the helm of the band in 1996, Richard led the Blue Band to be a gold standard among the Big Ten conference. Under his directorship, the band has grown to become the largest student organization on campus.
Richard’s enthusiasm for teaching students and his love of music are what keep students coming back to play year after year. He lives and breathes Penn State, always putting its values of honor, integrity and respect on display in the classroom, on the field and inside the concert hall.