NO. R-93. House concurrent resolution honoring Vermont’s authentic music man Dick Ellis of Royalton.
Offered by: Representative McLaughlin of Royalton.
Offered by: Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Dunne of Windsor District and Senator Welch of Windsor District.
Whereas, Meredith Wilson’s fictional music man, Harold Hill, could neither read nor play a musical note, and
Whereas, Vermont’s authentic music man, Dick Ellis of Royalton, is a New England Conservatory‑trained musician who has championed the bold brassy sound of concert bands in schools and communities throughout New England, and
Whereas, he has thrived as a music teacher, performer, conductor, and entrepreneur, and
Whereas, Dick Ellis’s performing career as a woodwind player commenced when he joined the Royalton Town Band in 1937 as an eighth grader, and
Whereas, following a brief sojourn into the mechanical engineering profession, Dick Ellis pursued his true dream to be a big band performer, playing with several traveling ensembles, on radio broadcasts, and with the legendary drummer Gene Krupa, and
Whereas, seeking to return to his native Vermont as a music educator, and to enhance his performance skills, he enrolled in the brass program at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, and
Whereas, upon graduation, Dick Ellis returned to Vermont and initiated school instrumental instruction programs in his hometown of Royalton and the nearby communities of Bethel, Randolph, and Rochester, and
Whereas, his practice of renting instruments to students for a nominal fee blossomed into the Ellis Music Company which today, under the capable direction of his children, is located in a spacious Shaker style headquarters in Royalton and rents instruments to schoolchildren throughout New England, and
Whereas, in 1956, Dick Ellis assumed the directorship of the Royalton Town Band, one of Vermont’s foremost musical organizations, and
Whereas, for the past 49 years, the residents of Royalton and the entire Upper Valley have relished the weekly summertime concerts under his leadership and, occasionally, Dick Ellis’s own instrumental performances, and
Whereas, the band’s success is evidenced in the inauguration in 2003 of a magnificent new band stand on the South Royalton green that was designed to accommodate the band’s significantly expanded membership, and
Whereas, in addition to his many musical accomplishments, Dick Ellis has been a civically minded citizen who served many years on both the Royalton Selectboard and School Board, and
Whereas, Dick Ellis and the Royalton Town Band are performing in the Farmer’s Night concert at the State House on Wednesday, March 9, 2005, now therefore be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:
That the General Assembly is pleased to honor Vermont’s authentic music man, Dick Ellis of Royalton, for his long and continuing contribution to music education, performance, and enjoyment in the state of Vermont, and be it further
Resolved: That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Dick Ellis in Royalton.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street