I was in the band from 1969-1972 and it was the most fun I had in high school, due in large part to the great atmosphere Mr. D. created. Rehearsing, marching, concerts, the album we recorded--it was all a great time. He was a kind and patient teacher and tolerant of youthful exuberance. Once when the risers were moved to the auditorium for a concert and the band room was a big,empty arena, a hockey game broke out and Mr. D. joined in just long enough to get body-checked by someone from the percussion section. He picked himself up, made a dignified exit into his office, and impressed everyone with his cool. Great guy and a great leader. I'm happy he had such a long life. He deserved it.