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Proposal would name Blue Band Building after Bundy

Penn State Blue Band director Richard Bundy amps up the crowd before a football in November at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State Blue Band director Richard Bundy amps up the crowd before a football in November at Beaver Stadium. CDT photo

It has been 49 years since Richard Bundy first picked up an instrument at Penn State.

Many of those years have been spent playing a trombone, marching on the field, then later teaching students to do the same, and finally holding the baton as the fifth director in the 116-year history of the Blue Band, the marching musicians who make the pregame and halftime shows at Beaver Stadium the events they are.

In November, Bundy told the Centre Daily Times that moving the band into the new building across Park Avenue was a milestone accomplishment in his career.

Now that building might bear his name.

Barbara Korner, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture, will put forth a proposal to the board of trustees to rename the performers’ home base the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building.

“It’s in recognition of the incredible impact that Dr. Bundy has had on generations of students here,” she said. “It recognizes his values, his importance to the students, his character and integrity.”

In 2005, under Bundy’s tutelage, the band earned the prestigious Sudler Trophy, given by the John Philip Sousa Foundation to a college marching band “of special merit.”

“It is a very well regarded band,” Korner said. “It speaks to what teaching is all about and the importance he has to the students beyond the classroom.”

The proposal could be on the trustees’ agenda as early as the March meeting.

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