Dr. Ken Caldwell

July 13, 1933December 17, 2013
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Dr. Ken Caldwell, of Texarkana, TX

Dr. Caldwell was born July 13, 1933 in Bessamay, TX. He was a veteran of the Korean War; a member of First Baptist Church of Texarkana where he was a member of the choir; he was a founding director of Texarkana Community Band, known as Second Time Around Band; and he was owner of Loveall Music Company from 1986 – 2009. As a Doctorate of Music Education, he was best known for Clinicing bands all over the world. He was a guest conductor for All-State-Bands in Texas, California, Arizona, Wisconsin, Louisiana and Arkansas. He has been an international guest conductor in England, Scotland and Switzerland; guest conductor at the Los Angeles Raiders and LA Rams. He opened up the Edinburgh Highland Games of Scotland; and Festival of Fete Des Vignerons in Geneva, Switzerland; and Tournament of Roses Parade.

Dr. Caldwell taught at Timpson, TX, Navasota, TX, Nacogdoches, TX; Weslaco, TX; Arizona State University, Tempe AZ; El Camino College of Los Angeles; University of Wisconsin; Northwestern State University, Natchitoches; and Arizona State in Flagstaff.

Thank you to all his 3815+ students over the 50 years of teaching and directing.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Jo Caldwell; a son-in-law, Mark Glenn and brother-in-law, Kenneth Childress.

Survivors include his son, Victor Kenneth Caldwell, Jr. of Texarkana; daughter, Stacia Glenn of Texarkana; granddaughter, Peyton Elizabeth Glenn of Texarkana; brother, Michael Caldwell of Midland, TX; sisters, Shirley Roark of Nacogdoches, TX and Judy Smith of Lufkin, TX; and son-in-law’s wife, Nelda Childress of Lufkin, TX. And many family and friends.

Memorial service will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 21, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 3015 Moores Lane, Texarkana, TX under the direction of East Funeral Home - Moores Lane.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a music scholarship to: Dr Ken Caldwell, BankCorp South, 3113 Richmond Rd., Texarkana, TX 75505, Account #1120951619.

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  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 21, 2013

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Sharon Donoho-Partridge

January 12, 2014

Both my brother Douglas Donoho and myself were students of Dr.Caldwell's in the early sixties in Nacogdoches Tex. He was very much loved and respected by my family. Not only was he a huge inspiration musically to my brother. My brother had such a respect for Dr. CAldwell not only as a teacher but for him as the wonferful man he was. My prayers to his family for their loss of such a kind and caring man.

Bette Bunger

December 24, 2013

Dr. Caldwell was my band director in Timpson, Texas many many years ago. He was such a dedicated teacher and inspired us to work hard to achieve our goals. It was a joy to have him as the director. I was thrilled when he came to my 50th High School Reunion. So many people loved him and I know he will be greatly missed.


December 24, 2013

Dr. Caldwell was my band director in Timpson, Texas many years ago. He was a very special teacher and he always had such enthusiasm for his work. He came to my 50th Class reunion and it was so fantastic to see him. He will be missed greatly.

Allen Wimberly

December 23, 2013

I will cherish the times I spent with Ken. He mentored me as a young teacher, and I am forever grateful for his help. He will be missed, but I'm glad to know he and his good buddy Bob Ingram are together again.

December 21, 2013

I am sorry for the loss of your loved one. May your family be comforted at this difficult time by God's promise that he will hear your prayers (Psalms 65:2).

Meredith Skeeters

December 20, 2013

Mr. Caldwell was a very big influence in my life during high school in Weslaco, TX, and I will always remember him with love and affection. He will be missed on this earth! May your family be comforted by memories of his love of music!


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Ray Vardaman

December 19, 2013

Ken was a dear friend that had a tremendous impact and positive influence on students and teachers in Music Education of the Four States area. He will be greatly missed.

Cheryl Corkran

December 19, 2013

He taught music with such passion. I learned so much about music and the teaching of music while playing in his bands at NSU. I also understand he was a driving force in public school music in the 4 states area through his Loveall Music store. His influence in the world of music education was far-reaching to be sure, as there are many directors whose success is due in large part to his mentorship. The world of music education has suffered a tremendous loss.

Hal Cooper

December 19, 2013

Although I did not see Ken often, I always looked forward to times where we might be together. He is one of my favorite people, and the music world as a whole will miss him terribly. I wish I had been able to play in one of his bands. Just listening to him talk about bands and music, I get the feeling they were really good groups!! I am writing a book "Everything I Know, I Learned at Wednesday Directors' Seminar!!"