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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.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont