Ron Duncan is currently a Staff Sergeant and trumpet section leader of the 38th Infantry Division Army National Guard Band in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a member of the 38th Infantry Division Band Duncan has performed solo “Taps” at the 2011-2015 running of the Indianapolis 500, the 2011 Brickyard 400, and the Indiana Ice hockey team. Earlier this year, Duncan had the honor and privilege of performing our National Anthem at the Indianapolis Colts wildcard playoff game.
Duncan has served 15 years as a public school music educator. As a music educator, his ensembles have consistently earned superior ratings in marching, concert band, and choirs at OMEA State Finals, and has consistently been a finalist at Mid-States Band Association and appeared at Bands of America Grand Nationals the last several years.
Before becoming a music educator, Duncan studied trumpet performance and earned a Bachelor of Arts in music business from Anderson University. He received his Master’s Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. During this period at MTSU, he was the graduate teaching and conducting assistant. Prior to his placement at MTSU, he served for five years as a member of “The Commandant’s Own” United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in Washington, D.C. While a member of this elite musical organization, Duncan performed for the President of the United States, foreign dignitaries, and various heads of state.
In 2012 Duncan was featured on WHIO News Channel 7 segment titled “Making a Difference” by James Brown highlighting teaching methods used in bringing the military band traditions into the classroom. He was also featured in the full length documentary titled “Veterans Day 11.11.11” produced by nationally acclaimed producer John Goheen of Terranova Pictures in 2012. Cameras documented Duncan and his students and what it means to be a veteran teaching our youth of today.
Duncan has received many honors to include Panera Breads “Top Teacher” video contest in 2012. The video produced by students described why they were inspired to do great achievements through teachings in and outside the classroom. He earned the Honor Graduate Award at the Advanced Leadership Course, US Army School of Music in 2013, where he received advanced training in producing, arranging, and performing musical productions for various audiences. Duncan has earned the Army Individual Achievement Medal on two occasions as well as the prestigious Army Commendation Medal for exceptional military service.
Duncan currently resides in Pleasant Hill, Ohio in a log cabin back in the woods with his wonderful wife Jodi, their three kids, Josiah, Jesse, Jailee, their dog Sniffer, and a black cat named Vader.
2015 National Anthem performance at the Indianapolis Colts Wildcard playoff game.
2011 “Taps” Performance at the Indianapolis 500
“Making a difference” video by WHIO’s James Brown