|Ray Becker Jr., Conductor|
| Ray Becker, Jr. served
as conductor of the Marine Band of Allentown from January 1, 1962 to
April 30, 2006. He was baritone soloist with the band for four years
before becoming conductor.
Mr. Becker graduated from
Reading High School in 1948 and earned his BS in Music and Music
Education from West Chester State Teachers College in 1953. He received
his MA in Musi and Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia
University. While in New York at Columbia, he studied with Harry Glanz,
principal trumpet with the NBC Symphony Orchestra which was then under
the baton of Arturo Toscanini. From 1954 to 1956 Ray performed with the
192st Army Band at Fort Jackson, South Carolina
Ray is retired, having
taught for 33 years at both Northampton and Allentown School Districts.
He enjoyed every aspect of his career, which included directing
marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands and orchestras at all levels
from elementary to high school
Ray has kept busy as a
conductor and composer during his retirement. He is also known to play
some "serious" golf at Blue Ridge Country Club in Palmerton. He has
three career "holes-in-one".
Last updated: June 12, 2008
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