Roddy was killed in a single vehicle car accident while driving from Tulsa on Friday night. The 27 year old joined the Bentonville band program this year, and Communications Director Mary Ley says he was already making a big impact in the first two and a half months here.
"In a very short time he's touched lots of people," Ley says.
The assistant band director taught at four schools, leading Freshmen band members at the high school, as well as musicians at each of Bentonville's three junior high schools. Classes are out today, but principals from the schools called parents to let them know what happened over the weekend.
Grief counselors will be on site when classes resume tomorrow, as well as at a band practice scheduled to go forward as planned tonight. The counselors plan to speak to the students before hand to make sure they are ok to play.
"It's very painful," Ley says. "We can teach students math and how to draw, and play music, but I don't know if youever know how to teach somebody to lose somebody."
Before coming to Bentonville, Roddy spent 3 years teaching at a music arts school in Tulsa, and Ley calls the young man an inspiration.
"We were very fortunate to have him, and from what I understand, recruited him heavily and hoped that he would come here and felt blessed when he did," she says. "It's a big loss for everyone."
Visitation will be Tuesday evening the 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Owens and Brumley in Burkburnett, TX. Services will be held Wednesday the 16th at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church in Burkburnett. A graveside service will follow in Vernon, TX. Everyone that is able to attend is welcome.
For those desiring, memorials may be made to Tulsa School of Arts & Science, 3441 E. Archer, Tulsa, OK 74115.
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