In memory of
Darcy B. Davis Jr.
In memory of
Darcy B. Davis Jr.
Darcy B. Davis Jr., 93, of Agawam, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on January 29th surrounded by his family. Darcy was born in North Adams, MA on October 18, 1926 to the late Darcy B. Davis Sr. and Alice Davis of North Adams. He was a graduate of Drury High School in North Adams, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps before graduating from Williams College. Darcy taught music at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA and the Bennington, VT Public Schools before moving to Agawam in 1955. During his 36-year teaching career in Agawam, Darcy served as band director and supervisor of music for the Agawam Public Schools. Highlights of his career included his producing of over 20 Broadway musicals and leading the Agawam High School Band to numerous awards and achievements both locally and nationally. One of his proudest moments was the selection of the Agawam High School Band to represent the state of Massachusetts at the world premier of The Music Man in Mason City, Iowa. Darcy’s legacy as “Agawam’s Music Man” lives on through the many performances at the Darcy B. Davis Jr. Band Shell located at School Street Park in Agawam. A long-time participant in the drum and bugle corps movement, Davis came to national prominence as a member of the world champion Lt. Norman Prince Drum Corps where he was one of their featured soloists. During this time, he won two national championships for individual bugle solo performance. For many years, he also served as an adjudicator at drum corps competitions in the Boston area. In 1987, Darcy was elected to the Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame. During his retirement years, Davis continued his musical involvement, performing with the Marksmen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, the Memories Big Band in Somers, and the Agawam Senior Center Melody Band. He organized and directed the Agawam Senior Center Chorus, and was Parade Marshall for the daily afternoon parades at the Eastern States Exposition. In his free time, Darcy enjoyed playing the trumpet and the piano, collecting comic books, watching concerts, parades and UConn Women’s Basketball games. He was most fond of spending time with his family and friends, especially his granddaughters, Hillary and Hannah. Darcy is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth, and two children, Darcy G. Davis and his wife Karen of Vernon, CT, and Lynn Davis of Boston. He also leaves two grandchildren, Hillary Davis Burgdorf and her husband Paul of Chicago, and Hannah Davis of Hartford. Visiting hours will be held at the Agawam Funeral Home, 184 Main Street, on Sunday, February 9th from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Agawam, 760 Main Street. The family asks that any donations in Darcy’s memory be made to the Agawam High School Marching Band or the First Baptist Church of Agawam.
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Darcy B. Davis Jr.
Darcy B. Davis Jr., 93, of Agawam, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully on January 29th surrounded by his family. Darcy was born in North Adams, MA on October 18, 1926 to the late Darcy B. Davis Sr. and Alice Davis of North Adams. He was a graduate of Drury High School in North Adams, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps before graduating from Williams College. Darcy taught music at Tabor Academy in Marion, MA and the Bennington, VT Public Schools before moving to Agawam in 1955. During his 36-year teaching career in Agawam, Darcy served as band director and supervisor of music for the Agawam Public Schools. Highlights of his career included his producing of over 20 Broadway musicals and leading the Agawam High School Band to numerous awards and achievements both locally and nationally. One of his proudest moments was the selection of the Agawam High School Band to represent the state of Massachusetts at the world premier of The Music Man in Mason City, Iowa. Darcy’s legacy as “Agawam’s Music Man” lives on through the many performances at the Darcy B. Davis Jr. Band Shell located at School Street Park in Agawam. A long-time participant in the drum and bugle corps movement, Davis came to national prominence as a member of the world champion Lt. Norman Prince Drum Corps where he was one of their featured soloists. During this time, he won two national championships for individual bugle solo performance. For many years, he also served as an adjudicator at drum corps competitions in the Boston area. In 1987, Darcy was elected to the Drum and Bugle Corps Hall of Fame. During his retirement years, Davis continued his musical involvement, performing with the Marksmen Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps, the Memories Big Band in Somers, and the Agawam Senior Center Melody Band. He organized and directed the Agawam Senior Center Chorus, and was Parade Marshall for the daily afternoon parades at the Eastern States Exposition. In his free time, Darcy enjoyed playing the trumpet and the piano, collecting comic books, watching concerts, parades and UConn Women’s Basketball games. He was most fond of spending time with his family and friends, especially his granddaughters, Hillary and Hannah. Darcy is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth, and two children, Darcy G. Davis and his wife Karen of Vernon, CT, and Lynn Davis of Boston. He also leaves two grandchildren, Hillary Davis Burgdorf and her husband Paul of Chicago, and Hannah Davis of Hartford. Visiting hours will be held at the Agawam Funeral Home, 184 Main Street, on Sunday, February 9th from 4-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Monday, February 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Agawam, 760 Main Street. The family asks that any donations in Darcy’s memory be made to the Agawam High School Marching Band or the First Baptist Church of Agawam.
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