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Remembering David A. Wells 2010

Written by Jim Carver
Sunday, 09 May 2010 21:09
Posted 5/3/2010 11:44 PM EDT on mansfieldnewsjournal.com

A year ago on May 3rd, we lost a friend. Many of us former members of the Lexington High School Band of Gold were fortunate to have worked for and with Mr. David A. Wells. David was special. He was a gift to us for ten years in Lexington, Ohio.

The legacy he left is truly astounding. Had it not been for his vision and passion there would be no Band of Gold. Without his work ethic, determination, and motivation we may have never known success. The traditions and philosophy he instilled inspired former students to return to Lexington to teach and continue the legacy of success.

Without Mr. Wells, the four walls of the band room in Lexington would not be lined with trophies two-rows high on each wall. The school fight song would not be “Buckeye Battle Cry” nor would the band perform the “Script Lex” during the pre-game show. We would have never received a Gold Medal of Honor.

I realized we were privileged to have been his students. I knew we were fortunate to have been in the company of one of the greatest music educators in the world. We will never know anyone like him again.  

As I was writing my book: The History of The Lexington High School Band of Gold, I had planned on flying to Boise, Idaho to interview Mr. Wells. My wife and I looked into airline reservations. I knew Mr. Wells had recently retired, which caused me some concern for his health. David was one to “never quit.”

Sadly, that same day David A. Wells passed away. The wealth of information and my desire to honor him, led me to change the book title to: The Legacy of David A. Wells-The Lexington High School Band of Gold. The book will fittingly only cover Mr. Wells era of excellence and will be released hopefully later this month..

Well done my friend. We were blessed!

 

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