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Remembering Mark S. Kelly

We mourn the death of Mark S. Kelly, 91, of Bowling Green, Ohio, on Monday, November 20, 2017.  However, we celebrate his life as personification of Midwest Clinic values. His service as an educator of the highest order came to nationwide attention as he brought the high school band from Centerville, Iowa, to perform at The Midwest Clinic in 1957 and 1963. In 1960 he presented a special Midwest session in which every member of the concert band performed in a chamber ensemble, demonstrating the inestimable value of chamber music-making in building a highest-quality band, and Midwest attendees were further impressed that such achievement came in a relatively small setting with no special resources. He was ahead of his time as the first band director to have two women guest conductors on a Midwest Clinic concert: Mary Ann Cassens, Centerville elementary and junior high school band teacher, and Barbara Rankin, Parma, Ohio, high school teacher.

In 1966 Bowling Green (Ohio) State University wisely appointed this practical, unpretentious public-school teacher to be Director of Bands. Mark S. Kelly’s combination of abilities and knowledge became a perfect fit for higher education and he stayed there until 1994, bringing wide attention to the quality of his performing groups. Upon his retirement, the BGSU Board of Trustees, by way of student nomination, voted to name the instrumental rehearsal room, the Mark S. Kelly Instrumental Rehearsal Hall.

Following service in the navy in the Pacific during WWII he attended the University of Iowa. Prior to coming to BGSU, Mr. Kelly taught for fifteen years in the Iowa communities of Clarinda and Centerville and one year at the University of Iowa as a Graduate Assistant Director of Bands.

His professional stature was apparent as he was invited to The Midwest Clinic Board of Directors in 1988 and was elected as vice president (1991-1995; 1997-2009) and interim president (1996), and when he was elected president of the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. Throughout his Midwest Clinic activities, Mark S. Kelly was helped and supported by his wife Helen and his children; daughter Karen is an eminent school band teacher in Ohio and accompanied her father to many Midwests.

In Mark S. Kelly, band students preparing for all kinds of careers had an ideal role model as a person and leader who helped develop sensitivity to the values of music in individual life and society. Students preparing for music professions as performer or teacher could emulate an accomplished musician, teacher, conductor and advisor. 

Learn more about Mr. Kelly and his favorite Midwest memories  here

Contributed by David McCormick and Jeff Daeschler