The Blue Band Building will be renamed the O. Richard Bundy Blue Band Building in a special ceremony during the 2015 Homecoming weekend, October 9-11. The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the facility for the retiring faculty member at its March 20 board meeting.
Richard Bundy has led the band -- one of the nation's most recognized collegiate bands -- for two decades and been associated with the organization for more than 30 years. A professor in the School of Music, he began his career with the Penn State Marching Blue Band in 1983, serving first as acting assistant director, then assistant director starting in 1987. He was named director of athletic bands in 1996. In addition to directing the Blue Band and overseeing the college's other athletic bands, he is director of the Concert Band and teaches courses in conducting, marching band techniques, instrumental music education and band literature. He holds undergraduate and doctoral degrees in music education from Penn State, and in 2014 was named an Alumni Fellow, the highest award given by the Penn State Alumni Association. He is the spring 2015 commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Architecture. For the full story, click here.