Don McKellar

Don Mckellar was born and raised in Saint Thomas and is from a family of musicians. He graduated from the University of Toronto music faculty followed by graduate work at the famous Rochester Eastman School of Music. Following his academic training, he became comfortably established in Ottawa while teaching secondary school music for five years.

His talents were recognized by the well-known Londoner Earl Terry who encouraged him to move to London to establish a music curriculum for our school system

In 1961, he moved to the University of Western Ontario as a founding member of the music faculty now known as the Don Wright faculty of music. He was also the founding Chairman of the Music Education Department and then became Associate Dean of the faculty. Don was music director of London’s Grand Theatre in the 1950s and 1960s as well as the founding conductor of UWO’s Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra.

He has taught music for 40 years including his 30 years at Western as well as adjudicating music competitions across Canada and overseas. The Ontario Band Association recognized his commitment to establishing bands in Ontario and granted him honorary membership, one of only two people given this honour.

On a personal family note Don is also the brother of our late Noble Ian (Doc) Mckellar who contributed greatly to the activities and atmosphere at Mocha

We were all very pleased to have Don, who is a member of Saint David’s lodge in Saint Thomas, on the baton for our historic concert band as we play it into the second 100 years of our existence.

In January 2016 Don retired as Conductor and Musical Director of the Mocha Shrine Historic Concert Band.


fez                      hospitals

Contact Us.