Ronald Dye joined the Community Band
in September 1999 both as a conductor and flute player. He brings a wealth
of talent and experience to the band.
Ron was born and grew up in Frederick County in
Virginia. He first became involved with music in September 1957 when the
James Wood High School band director, George Turner, Jr., encouraged him
to join the band. He played with them for five years.
Ron graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music
with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education. He has also taken
classes in pursuit of a Master's Degree in Music Education at Shenandoah
Ron's accomplishments include being a member of
the High School All-District Band; being selected for the National FFA
Band in Kansas City; making a tape for a television station with the Conservatory
Band; and being a charter member of the Nu Psi chapter of Phi Mu Alpha
Sinfonia Fraternity of America. He also played in the 1967 Virginia Inter-Collegiate
Band conducted by noted composer and arranger Dr. Alfred Reed. Ron's favorite
composers include Mozart, Wagner, and Tchaikovsky.
Currently Ron serves as the Director of Music at
Kernstown United Methodist Church, conducting three full time ensembles
- the Handbell Choir, the Chancel Choir, and the Wind Ensemble. He's also
a member of the Isaac Walton League of America and the Shawnee Ruritan
Club, where he's served as Secretary, Vice-President, President, Zone
I Governor, Lt. District Governor, and District Governor, and is currently
serving as District Treasurer.
Ron is married to Pat and has two sons, Kevin who
is 30 years old and David who is 20 years old. Pat is a Public Health
Nurse in Warren County. Ron is a Departmental Supervisor with Fleetwood
Travel Trailers in Winchester, Va. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and model
The Community Band is very fortunate to have Ron
as a conductor and flute player. He is offering the band musical challenges
and hopes to see the band perform more often in the community and surrounding