Richard A. Humbert of Westminster was recently honored for...

VOLUNTEER OF THE WEEK

February 14, 1993

Richard A. Humbert of Westminster was recently honored for 50 years of dedication and service to the William F. Myers and Sons Band of Westminster. He is the first recipient of the 50-year award.

Mr. Humbert joined the band as a child. At age 7, he was marching and playing the trumpet with older band members. The band rehearses for two hours each week, marches in parades and plays at county events. As the band's conductor for the past four years, Mr. Humbert selects music and makes sure each member has copies. He also helps recruit new members.

Organization's comments: Band president David Reifsnider has worked closely with Mr. Humbert for nearly 40 years. The award was the organization's way of honoring Mr. Humbert, who is helping the band by training young members. "Mr. Humbert is a very likable man, who is capable of leading youth and helping them gain a knowledge of music," he said. "Many of our young musicians are playing because of him." He always has the best interests of Myers Band at heart."

Volunteer's comments: "Both my grandparents worked for the Myers Meat Packing Co. Since employees had to have a family member in the band, they gave my brother and me music lessons and put us in the band when we were very young. I have been playing ever since."

The band became a real family affair. His father, "tired of hauling his sons back and forth," decided to stay and practice with them. He studied the clarinet and played for several years. His brother, William, also remained with the Myers Band until he moved to Harford County, where he plays with the Bel Air Community Band.

"Music became my career. I would encourage anyone with an interest in music to try a band."

Background: Mr. Humbert, 56 and a lifelong Westminster resident, retired recently after a 30-year teaching career in Carroll County schools. For 21 of those years, he taught instrumental music and conducted the band and orchestra at Westminster East Middle School. His wife, Linda Humbert, is the secretary for pupil services with the school system.

To nominate someone, call 751-7900 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Nominations may be faxed to the office at 751-7916.

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