Donald V. Robb, 69, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, after a lengthy illness. He was born on August 7, 1947, in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Donald H. and Virginia Robb. He married Christy (Blanchard) Robb on September 22, 1984, and she survives.
Don is survived by two daughters, Donna Robb and Jennifer (husband Christopher) Holmberg, both of Erie, PA, step-daughters Sally Davidson and Nancy Blanchard, of Indianapolis, and 7 grandchildren. He is survived by his mother Virginia and two sisters, Priscilla (husband Craig) McAllister and Barbara (husband Donald) Phillips, all of Brockport, New York.
Don, a gifted music educator, graduated from State University of NY in Fredonia, and Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. He began his career teaching in New York State for 10 years, and after relocating to Indiana taught public school choral and instrumental music until 2011, when he retired. Additionally, he was the Founder of the Jordan Jazz vocal ensemble at Butler University in the 1990’s. As an avid church musician, Don was the Director of Traditional Music at Zionsville United Methodist Church from 1988 to 2007. He was also an adjudicator of ISSMA competitions, and had his school music groups participating in the competitive activities. The highlight of his teaching career was the invitation from the Russian Theatre Federation to take his Arlington High School Chamber Singers to Russia for a performance tour in 1993. As a result of that successful effort, he was named the Indiana State High School Music Educator of the year in 1995 by the Indiana Music Educators’ Association. He was a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the Indiana Choral Director’s Association, and the Indiana Music Educators’ Association.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a Memorial Service at 12:30 pm, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 575 W. Northfield, Brownsburg, IN 46112.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Calvary UMC Music Endowment or to the Alzheimer’s Association.