Conductor & Music Director
Ron was born and raised in Naperville, Illinois (actual birthplace is 616 North Ellsworth Street). He is a fourth generation Keller in a city that has grown from 4200 people, in 1940, to over 145,000 in 2006!
He began playing tuba in the Ellsworth School band at age eight. He was awarded the John Philip Sousa Award at Naperville Community High School, and was student director his senior year. Upon graduation he entered Northern Illinois University, majoring in music. Ron received the outstanding senior musician award at NIU and was student director of the pep band.
Assistant Conductor René Rosas was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. His career has taken him to a variety of communities but he is happy to call Naperville "Home!" Having served as director of the band programs at Ss Peter and Paul School and St. Raphael Catholic School he is now Band Director and Music Instructor of the Marmion Rosary Band at Marmion Academy. Most recently he served as an Assistant Band Director at the University of Notre in South Bend, Indiana. René's former Notre Dame students have been featured as guest conductors and performers with the Naperville Municipal Band.
A graduate of El Paso High School, René attended The University of Texas at El Paso where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree. His first job was with the El Paso Independent School District. He was assigned to teach beginning band at Collins Elementary, the full band program at Terrace Hills Junior High School and as Assistant Director at Andress High School.
Naperville Big Band Director
Tracy Oliver holds both a Bachelor and Master degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He began his teaching career in 1982, as an instrumental music teacher in the East Aurora School District. He subsequently taught instrumental music in Carol Stream and Naperville District 203 schools.
Tracy has been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band for 30 years and served as assistant conductor for nine of those years. Tracy has also been a member of the Naperville Municipal Band Big Band since the band's inception in 2004, first as lead alto sax player and as Director since 2011.