Robert Oldroyd leaves Troy a better place
Robert Oldroyd has left his community - the community of Troy - a better place.
Recently, Oldroyd stepped down as conductor of the Troy Town Band to pursue his musical career. He is seeking a job in the Chicago area.
His accomplishments as the head the of Troy Town Band are feats of hard work, dedication and professionalism.
Oldroyd, 23, started the band with 25 members and now it's grown to 55. Remarkably, he was only a junior in high school when he took on this major task.
While serving as conductor, Oldroyd brought in many professional musicians to perform with the Troy Town Band. They came from Ithaca College, where Oldroyd graduated with a bachelor's degree in music education and horn performance. This young man facilitated many beneficial things for the band during his term, including the acquisition of a timpani (a set of four drums) and timpani covers, plus other instruments.
The original price of the timpani was somewhat daunting - $24,000. However, Oldroyd and the band were able to work out a "great deal" with Percussion Source, a merchant company, that allowed them to obtain a timpani for $9,000. And it was practically brand new.
The band also purchased two snare drums, two concert floor toms, a concert bass drum, a marching bass drum stand, an E-flat soprano clarinet, and a euphonium. The band also acquired a Manhasset stand rack, and 30 Manhasset stands with the collaboration of Troy's Rotary Club.
All these instruments and accompanying items can be used not only by the band, but the school district as well. They are housed at Troy High School Memorial Auditorium in Troy.
Under Oldroyd's tenure, a scholarship fund was set up for a senior who is pursuing a major in instrumental music at an accredited school of music. Importantly, Oldroyd had a rallying influence on the community, as not only people sought to play in the Troy Town Band but important donors came forward to help out.
And when there was an issue concerning fees for the band with the Troy Area School Board, Oldroyd personally intervened on behalf of the band. Eventually, the board waived the fees that the school district charged the band for use of its facilities.
Today, the town band has a board of directors who will take up Oldroyd's responsibilities as he embarks on a new chapter in his life.
Although Oldroyd may move away from Troy, his legacy will live on each time the Troy Town Band plays.