Band was the center of our social lives in high school, and Mr. Frye was the center of the band. More than that, he was the most memorable and effective teacher I've ever had. He was the most astonishing character, and an inspirational leader. His dedication to his job and his charges was absolute. His love of music was contagious. As the many other messages attest, Mr. Frye had a huge (positive) impact on a very large number of people at a formative time in their lives. I don't know what better legacy anyone could have. My sincere condolences to the family.
God speed Mr Frye you will truly be missed. You will always be part of the Buchholz Band. R.I.P. c/o 93
I have always remembered Mr. Frye very fondly since graduating BHS in 1988. He taught me tolerance and dedication and to not settle for less than what I was capable of. As a 20 year USAF Veteran, he helped to equip me with the tools to succeed in life. And, he was a great band director too.
To the Frye family your father was a very kind and gentle man. God bless you all.
To the family of Mr Frye..I had Mr Frye as Bandmaster in the sixties...I am one of the first African American students he taught..I found him fair and NON discriminatory..tho integration had just began. He taught me and guided me just as any of his other students. I achieved even when we went to Howard Bishop! I received a music degree..went active duty , and am now Retired as a Military musician. He helped inspire me to reach that goal!
Mr Frye was a wonderful band instructor who will be missed and remembered fondly, by both my husband and myself. We were both lucky enough to play under the direction of Mr Frye at Buchholz High School. God bless.
It can be so hard to face the first year without your loved one, but the love of family and friends can carry you through.
Praying for all of you during this most difficult time. RIP Uncle Richard. You will be missed.
From shy, quiet 7th grader at Buchholz Jr. High School to a confident, somewhat talented trombonist who grew to develop a lifetime of love for all things musical, I have Mr. Frye (along with Mrs. Dorothy Reaves) to thank. His knowledge and love of popular music, and her love of the classics, gave me a foundation for culture that I have never forgotten. Surely, with Mr. Frye's arrival at heaven's orchestral rehearsal hall, Heaven's orchestra has kicked it up a notch. Mr. Frye, all I can do is repeat what you told us before ever single concert (with your back to the audience, of course), "go get 'em". Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Frye family. You've lost a jewel indeed.
You inspired me to enjoy all types of music. We had a great band at Howard Bishop because you taught us so well even when we, as middle schoolers, often would rather talk than tend to the task or learning those wonderful show tunes. But, my greatest childhood memory was when we lived on the same block in Highland Court Manor and I would ride my bike around and around the block and if you were outside I would wave and yell, "Hi, Mr. Frye", and you never missed a wave back at me no matter how many times I went around the block. God bless you and your famiy.
Godspeed, Uncle Richard...
God be with you family during this time of loss. I love you.
Rest in peace, Uncle Richard. At least I know my mother won't be alone anymore. God be with your family.
My condolences to the family. Mr. Frye taught me how to play the Trumpet at the old Buchholz Jr. High. He also taught dedication, hard work and patience. Underneath his stern look was a kind and caring educator. He touched my life and many lives in a positive way. Thank you Mr. Frye.
Mr. Frye was my inspiration for pursuing music further than just Marching band. He was the one who encouraged me to learn to play the bassoon. I will always be grateful that he recognized my potential as a musician and allowed me to indulge my passion for four years in high school.
Rest easy Mr. Frye. Thank you for some of the best memories of my life and for making high school a bearable place. You've inspired and nurtured so many; leaving us with an appreciation that remains in our hearts today and forever. You will be missed.
What a great man who will be missed. He taught me how to play the flute and I so enjoyed band. He made school fun and enjoyable. I still have many friends that I met in Buchholz band. We had so much fun with him at the helm. He is resting among the angels now.
R.I.P. Mr. Frye.....Ron Rush Trombone 89' - 92'.....
RIP Mr. Frye. Thank you for being the catalyst to some of the best moments in my life. You remain forever in my heart.
Blake and Family, I'm so sorry for your loss, I always had fond memories growing up.
RIP Mr. Frye.... Westwood Jr. High would not have been the same without you!!
I cannot even imagine how many lives Mr. Frye postively impacted both directly and indirectly. What he taught us went far beyond just music. No matter how frustrated he got with us, we never lost sight of the fact that he cared about us. That was one of his gifts and a quality I try to emulate with my own students.
I think back to the parking lot of BHS and remember this exchange fondly. Mr. Frye, “Band.” Us, “Band.” Mr. Frye, “Ten-hut.” Us, “One-two.” Rest in Peace Mr. Frye, you made a difference in so many lives. Flag Corp '77-78/Class of '80
My deepest simpathy to the family. He cared for and touched and inspired so many with his dediction and passion. Thank God for him and we thank his family for sharing him with us for so many wonderful and precious years.
I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Mr. Frye from my days in the band at Buchholz--I had to work hard to keep 2nd chair! But I'm so grateful for the discipline that's carried me through the years. My prayers are with you.
Terasa Banks, RN
Buchholz Class of '88
I'm very sad to hear the news of Mr. Frye's passing. Mr. Frye was an influential part of all of our high school lives. He's the one teacher who was with us throughout our high school days, from our first 9-weeks to our last. He taught us the same things that so many value in sports, traits such as teamwork, character, sportsmanship, honesty and timeliness along with things that were unique to band such as making sure our spats were clean and white. I'm sure we all have our favorite Mr. Frye stories. I'll never forget him chasing after a car that drove through our marching rehearsal one day or bleeding from the forehead after walking into a light post, so absorbed in making sure our parade lines were straight that something like a post was invisible to him. He came across as gruff and tough but inside was a man with a soft heart, one who cared about his students and who would do whatever was needed for them. He'll live in my heart forever! RIP Mr. Frye!
I had the joy of learning from Mr. Frye as a student at Buchholz Junior High School on West University Avenue in the 1960's. He was as endearing a person as one would want to know. He was also cutting edge. We performed Beatles tunes in our concerts. As a Gainesville native, I was pleased to continue to see Mr. Frye from time to time over the years, after his move to the new Buchholz and after his retirement. He was a thoroughly selfless man, dedicated to his music and students. I sometimes regret the cutup that I could sometimes be in class, but know that he forgave me. Thanks, Mr. Frye, for all you brought to my world.
Dick, I hadn't known you and Betty long, but you became like family in a very short time. Dick, I always ejoyed talking to you and you were an inspiration to me! I will miss you very much! Love Jim Reynolds
I am so sorry for your loss. Mr Frye was a dear part of my high school years. He inspired me and helped build confidence in all his students. He's the only one who ever called me "crazy fingers"; usually when he wanted me to accompany a soloist. He taught me how to work and to love music on a whole new level.
Rest in Peace Mr. Frye. You have certainly earned it!
Susan Wood Rowald BHS '73
To the family of Mr. Frye,
May God bless you all.
He was a very good teacher,
Class of '76
Mr. Frye was an important part of my sons' lives as their band director and mentor at Buchholz. We are so sorry for your loss, and we know he will be remembered very fondly by so many he touched.
Mr. Frye was a great man and band director! I am sorry for your loss
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will not be able to be there physically this weekend, but will be with you in spirit. Mr. Frye was such an amazing person, I learned a lot more than music in my 5 years with him. He was such a generous man with his knowledge, his love of music and his time. I remember any time I was back in Gainesville, I could stop by the bandroom and he would always have time for a big hug [grab you around the shoulders and squeeze!] and then ask what was new and what are all the Hales up to? These and so much more are memories that I will always cherish.
Peace, Kathleen [Hale] Salvatore c/o '77
The Class of 1987 offers our sympathy to the family of Mr. Frye. He was a well loved teacher and made an impact on so many lives.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
I am so sorry for your loss. I will forever have such wonderful memories of being part of the BHS Band in the early days...Mr. Frye was like having another father. He was a great man who helped mold a lot of young people into young adults. Rest in Peace Mr. Frye...you will forever be missed but never forgotten...Nancy Cox Marquis c/o 1974
My condolences and prayers to your family. As a member of the BHS flag corp from '89-93, I remember the band camps and afterschool marching practice! He was so dedicated to us students. God bless.
I am so thankful for the years I was in his classes (1970-74), and for seeing him again at his retirement, and at the FirstFryes reunion. His impact on my life went beyond music, to understanding so many life lessons - the value of persistence and hard work, the importance of working together as a team to accomplish something beautiful, the importance of family and faith. May God give you comfort in these days of loss, and reassurance that you will be together again in heaven.
Mr. Frye was my "most memorable teacher." The early years at Buchholz with Mr. Frye leading the band, sweat dripping from his brow, a nod of his head, a slight dip of the baton or strong gestures to enforce the desired result, forever tugging at his belt to pull up the sagging pants, endless hours arranging marching routines and implementing them in the parking lot...these are some of my memories. He was an amazing person. He will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to his family.
A sad day for sure. What a major influence in my life. I still drum and collect music partially because of him. Those that got beyond his "gruff exterior"as a teacher saw a really sweet man. Thanks Mr.Frye
Eric & Cathie,
Fathers are irreplaceable. I am sorry for your loss. I am unable to be at the service on Saturday, but you and your family are in my prayers during this time of mourning and remembrance.
He will truly be missed! He was a great man and an exceptional music teacher. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family.........
Mr. Frye was an icon at Buchholz and some of my fondest memories there involve him and his impact on each and every band member. God Bless you Mr. Frye and "bust a gut"! RIP. (BHS band '78-'81)
He was a great man and a true gift to the Buchholz community.
I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Frye. He was a true inspiration to me, and his influence has reached far beyond those four years. My deepest sympathies to his family.
My heartfelt condolences go to all of you. Mr. Frye was such a generous, smart, intense, and caring teacher and I can't begin to tell you how he impacted my life. He showed patience and humor, along with impatience and frustration when needed! I learned to duck in band because he broke so many batons!!!
I will always remember Mr. Frye and be thankful that he was a part of my high school years.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Frye.
Mr Frye was my inspiration for five years of Band at Buchholz High... I will miss him..
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Remember he will live on in your memeories. He knew how to get the best out of each of us. He will be missed.
Betty and family, my deepest sympathy. I will always be grateful to have known Richard and for the influence he had on Kim and Charles. He had a unique way of challenging his students that will forever benefit them in their lives. My love and prayers for all of you.
Mr Frye was a wonderful man and inspiring band director. I was at BHS under his direction '86-88. He always wanted us to do our best, and would make do over until he knew we were giving 100%. Most of my high school memories are centered around band, and therefore Mr Frye. He will be missed, and remembered always. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mr. Frye was a wonderful band director who really took pride in his job, and encouraged many! I was in chorus next door with Mrs. G. Miller! Class of '73'