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Longtime band director dies in Edwardsville
[December 27, 2012]

Longtime band director dies in Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE, Dec 27, 2012 (The Telegraph - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The community's music fans are mourning the loss of the former director of the Edwardsville Municipal Band.

Mary Ann Davis, a fixture with the band since 1964 and the director from 1983 until last year, died Monday at the age of 66 at the Relais Bonne Eau Hospice Home in Edwardsville.

At a City Council meeting in May, Mayor Gary Niebur honored her for years of service.

"The immeasurable time she has given of herself for the betterment of this community is no doubt reflected by an almost incomprehensible number," Niebur said at the time. "Mary and her colleagues continue a 150-year-old tradition -- an important part of Edwardsville's 'quality of life.'" He added: "Edwardsville is only 'special' because of the extraordinarily special people like Mary Davis." Davis started her music career as a band instructor in elementary schools in Granite City and moved on to the junior high school level. She was known as a talented woman who could play not one, but four instruments -- the trombone, tuba, trumpet and euphonium.

She taught in Granite City for 34 years. For years, in local school band competitions, she served as an adjudicator for the Madison County Band Directors' Association. She also was an officer of the Illinois Retired Teacher Association and of Delta Kappa Gamma.

Davis' husband, Jon, a longtime math teacher and coach in the Edwardsville school system, died in 2007.

She is survived by, among others, two daughters, Patricia Davis of St. Louis and Jennifer Fowler of Alton.

Her visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Weber and Rodney Funeral Home in Edwardsville. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Edwardsville.

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