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The Passing of a Friend and Educator: Steve Frederick

The YEA! Team deeply mourns the loss of a great friend

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Steve Frederick, a close friend of YEA! and a life-long music educator, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, after battling cancer.

Both in conjunction with YEA! and in his personal life and career, Steve truly dedicated his life to youth education in the arts. For over 20 years, Steve served as a band director in the greater Philadelphia area; he then became a school administrator for more than 10 years.

After hours, Steve spent a great deal of time working as a clinician, judge, director liason and consultant for YEA!'s US Scholastic Band Association (now USBands). He was a highly-regarded adjudicator as well as a faithful friend and adviser to CEO George Hopkins.

"Steve was a great man and made a huge difference to everyone he met," George said. "His influence is everywhere, including in The Cadets and all that we do at YEA!.

"We talked once about legacy," George continued. "I remember discussing, 'Will all of this matter a year from now?' And Steve reminded me that what matters are the kids, not the scores or what people say. What matters is the impact we have on those we teach."

Steve was a graduate of West Chester University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, and Villanova University, where he earned his master's degree in Secondary School Administration. He taught music in the Colonial and Central Bucks School Districts before becoming the director of bands at North Penn High School. He retired in 2003 after 35 years as a music educator and administrator, concluding his career as principal of North Penn High School.

Steve also served as a clinician, guest conductor and judge for marching, concert and jazz band events nationwide. He was a co-founder and director of the Montgomery County Concert Band and previously served as executive consultant to the US Scholastic Band Association. Through the years, he supervised student teachers for West Chester University, served on the Board of Governors for the former Gibbs School, hosted programs for WNPV Radio in Lansdale, and was active in a variety of other community and professional organizations.

After his retirement, Steve served as an executive consultant for the USSBA, working with band directors, judges and staff to help grow the organization into the largest scholastic music service organization in the country.

As The Cadets continue to strive for excellence day after day through August 10, 2013, George Hopkins said they will do so in Steve's name.

His memory is dearly treasured, and he will be sincerely missed.

A note from Steve's family regarding the memorial service:
To honor our dear maestro we will be holding a celebration of his life at North Penn High School, 1340 Valley Forge Road Lansdale 19446, on July 27th.

The receiving line will begin at 11am.

The service will begin at 2pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in Mr. Frederick’s memory to
The Montgomery County Concert Band, P.O. Box 232, Hatfield, PA 19440,
The Stephen E. Frederick Music Award, Attn: Mike Britcher, 1340 Valley Forge Rd., Lansdale, PA 19446, or St. John’s UCC Organ Renovation Fund, 500 W. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446.

As always, our deepest thanks,
Steve's family

 

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