Allan M. Wright
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Allan M. Wright, 77, much loved and admired musician, died peacefully at his home on December 30, 2019.

He received his bachelors of music education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, and his masters of music education from James Madison University. Allan was an award-winning band director at York High School in York County and Lafayette High School in Williamsburg/James City County. He was also the Director of Jazz Studies at his Alma mater, Shenandoah University, where he later received the distinguished alumni award. His composition The Count has Time, was published by Columbia Music and many of his arrangements of jazz standards were played and recorded by college groups and military jazz bands.

Besides music, Allan loved playing golf and traveling with his wife, Pat. He participated in church mission trips to Belize and Ukraine. He also loved being with college students, especially internationals, driving them to and from Sunday school and special activities. Most of all, he loved his family. He loved his former students and special friends. Allan was a compassionate man with a unique wit. He and Pat always found something to laugh about.

He was preceded in death by his parents, T.M. and Moye S. Wright of Roanoke and his sisters, Janet Atkinson of KY, and Dixie Saunders of Roanoke and their spouses. He is survived by his wife of forty-seven years, Pat Crymes Wright; son, Perry Wright and his wife Anita Dunston Wright; step-daughter, Isabel Ferguson of Gloucester; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held January 5, 2020 at 2:00 at Walnut Hills Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation to Latisha's house, P.O. Box 5817, Williamsburg, VA 23188 or Walnut Hills Baptist Church WMU Groups, 1014 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in Daily Press on Jan. 4, 2020.
Memorial service
02:00 PM
Walnut Hills Baptist Church
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February 25, 2020
Best band director that I ever had.
January 6, 2020
So sorry to hear of Allan's passing. Pat, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Fran Hermance and Betsy Thomas
January 5, 2020
I moved to York County from Hampton in January, 1969.
He made assemblies enjoyable for the students
Music was "progressive, update", duplicated by other schools in their half time shows.
John Householder
January 4, 2020
I had the pleasure of being taught music in 1970-1971 by Mr Wright. He was patient and a great teacher. So sorry for your loss!!
Sharon Reaves
January 4, 2020
Dear Pat,

We were so sorry to hear of Alan's passing. I have such wonderful memories of our days at Shenandoah playing and traveling with the Jazz Ensemble and other groups. Marilyn and I also have lots of good memories of time he spent in our home while we were playing in the Al Cates dance band on weekends. He touched our lives and so many others in a positive way.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family and you and hope all the memories you have of Alan will comfort you in this very sad time in your lives.

David & Marilyn Solomon
January 4, 2020
I'm sorry to read of Mr Wright's passing. When someone would ask who was your best teacher. I would always answer Allan Wright. I loved playing in the York High School band under his direction. My greatest sympathy to you and yours. York High School Class of 1973.
Pat Roland Murphy
January 2, 2020
My deepest sympathy, Pat. Reading about him makes me sorry I never got a chance to really get to know him. You are in my prayers.
Emilie Simpson
January 2, 2020
So sorry Pat. Will be thinking of you with love and prayers!
Kathy Wolfe
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