Who is behind ronmacmusic

The answer to this is Karen MacKay.

Karen Mackay received her first music training having Ron Mackay as her father and growing up in a musical family. Her formal training began in 1980 at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S. graduating with a Diploma in Jazz Studies 1982 and a Bachelor of Arts in Music -Advanced Major -Trumpet with a minor in Psychology - Special Education/Child Psychology in 1985.

After two years performing professionally in the Atlantic Provinces, Karen went back to school to study music education at Dalhousie University specializing in instrumental and classroom music. Karen taught instrumental and classroom music from Grades 6-12 for 25 years as well as worked in the field of Special Education supporting students with Behavioral and Academic needs. As a band director her bands received Gold at Music fest Canada at the Atlantic division in the Junior High Concert Band and Senior Jazz band class and Bronze in the Canadian Nationals Junior High Concert Band class.

Karen has been composing, arranging, transcribing instrumental and vocal arrangements for small combo, concert band, big band, and jazz band for the past 30 years. Her arrangements and compositions consist of all musical genres from beginner to advance and from jazz to contemporary style.

The Legacy of Ron MacKay

Ron MacKay received his formal music education at the Canadian Armed Forces School of Music, St. Francis Xavier University, and Dalhousie University. Beginning music instruction at age 10 on Baritone horn in Dunnville Ontario. Ron joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1946, serving for 20 years in the Armed Forces band as a French horn player, bandmaster, and instructor.

His professional career as a French Hornist encompassed a variety of additional organizations, including the Halifax Opera Company, Halifax Symphonette, CBC Orchestra (Halifax) Halifax Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
Ron retired from the Navy in 1966 and began a career in music education as an instrumental music teacher in Truro, Nova Scotia at Cobequid Education Center High School and its feeder school programs from grades 4 through 12. During his tenure as band director in Truro, he developed one of the more prominent school bands in the Atlantic Provinces and throughout Canada, over 300 students went on to pursue careers in music.

When Ron retired from teaching in 1991, he was very active as a clinician, adjudicator, conductor, and composer throughout Canada and the Atlantic Provinces. Ron held positions as conductor of the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band, St. F. X. University Wind Ensemble, the Scotia Wind Ensemble, Dalhousie University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the conductor of the Halifax Concert Band and the Scotia Brass Ensemble.Ron spent much of his time arranging and composing music for young bands and community groups with over 100 published works.

These included 8 commissioned works. He received a number of honors and awards for his contributions to music, including:

Life membership in the Canadian Band Association of Nova Scotia,Nova Scotia Music Educators Association, The Nova Scotia. Band Association, the Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia (MIANS, now Music Nova Scotia)

1997 recipient of the Canadian Band Association's National Band Directors Award

Honorary Member of the Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu

The Roger Taylor Medal from the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Mayann Francis

Even after his death, Ron continues to insire young musicians throughout North America, having tought literally thousands of students in his time as an educator and leader in the music field.