Reid F. Lessig Scholarship 2019

The Kutztown University Graduate Organization of Bands is privileged to be able to honor outstanding freshmen musicians through the Reid F. Lessig Scholarship.  This scholarship was created in memory of Reid F. Lessig, a graduate of Kutztown University in 1972.  Mr. Lessig was a member of the KU Marching Unit as a percussionist and drum major from 1968 to 1972.  He continued as a show designer for the Marching Unit until his death in 1994.

All freshmen students who have participated in any of the following large group musical ensembles during their first year of college are eligible to apply: Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Band.

The Scholarship will be presented to the winner during the current Spring Semester.  All award money will be applied toward the following Fall term tuition.


2019 Application Process

1. All applications must be completed electronically through the google form found below.
2. Please give yourself adequate time to answer all questions in one sitting, as you will not be able to return to your application at a later date to modify your answers.  If you would like to preview the application questions, please click here.
3. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM on, Friday, March 29, 2019.


Dedication to Richard G. Wells


On October 7, 2017, Richard G. Wells was honored at the Owen J. Roberts Cavalcade Show of Bands for his years of service as a Music Educator.  After nine marching bands performed that evening, Mr. Wells conducted the combined sounds of the Kutztown University Marching Unit and the Owen J. Roberts High School Marching Band.  A super grand finale followed with all nine bands performing Shut Up & Dance.

During the evening, Mr. Wells was presented with a plaque bearing photos of both the Kutztown University Marching Unit and the Owen J. Roberts Marching Band.  The dedication reads: "In dedication to Richard G. Wells, Director of Band, Owen J. Roberts High School 1961-1968 and Kutztown University 1968-1997.  Thank you for your faithful years of service, for sharing your love of music and all that you have done to inspire thousands of students over the years.  ~ Will Rapp, Jeff Oxenford, Dan Neuenschwander, Todd Mengel.