The Honorary Chairperson for the 9th Annual Universal Music Day, October 11, 2015 is MAESTRO RON MODELL.
Ron Modell Founded the Northern Illinois University Jazz Band. Ron played with all the Music Greats of that era!
Quincy Jones describes Ron Modell as an outstanding trumpet player — a superlative Musician and suggests that his proudest accomplishments would be his commitment to his work as an Educator.
He was First Chair in two symphony orchestras, played with the Music Greats like Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Mario Bauza and Machito, “Pops”, Louis Armstrong, Doc Cheatham, Bobby Tucker, the arranger for Billie Holiday & Billy Eckstin, “Jake” Don Jacoby, Stan Kenton, and at his last concert at NIU Ron was honored by~~Duke Ellington.
Thank you Maestro for your decades of dedication to Music, Music-Making, Musicians and Music Education. We are so blessed by your presence as the Honorary Chairperson for Universal Music Day.
Our fervent desire is that over the coming decades Universal Music Day instills that same passion and LOVE of Music that you have offered the World!
Quincy Jones and UMD recommend Ron’s book “Loved Bein” Here With You”. Besides being a FUN read, it is packed with valuable information and wisdon!