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.