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Robert Dillon

Biography

Robert Morris Dillon (29 September 1922, Downs, Kans. – 14 June 2008, Westminster, Colo.) was an American composer and educator.

Dillon was a star athlete and band member of Downs High School. His early love of jazz and big band music emerged in his arrangements for the band he formed with his cousins. In 1940, he entered the University of Oklahoma, studying music theory.

During 1943-45, he served under George Patton with the U.S. Infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.

Dillon graduated May 1947 from OU with a BA in Music. His master's degree in theory and composition was earned at USC in 1949 under Halsey Stevens. He received his D.Mu.Ed from the University of Oklahoma in 1971.

Dillon taught at the Fine Arts Conservatory in Los Angeles and then for two years in Gravette, Ark. Dillon continued as teacher and composer in Bethany, Okla. From 1951 to 1966, Dillon directed the bands of Bethany Public Schools. In 1967, he became professor of music at University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. He also served as choir director for Central and NW Presbyterian churches in Oklahoma City. Dillon also played for 30 years with the Al Good Orchestra. Dr. Dillon retired from UCO in 1986 and moved to the Denver area in 1999.

Dillon's compositions have been performed nationwide and many have been published. His Violin Sonata won first prize in the Friends of Harvey Gaul national contest.


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