Marion King Roberts
Inducted in 2017
Marion King Roberts received his Bachelors Degree in Music
Education from William Jewell College, his Masters in Music from
Kansas State University, and his D.M.A from the University of
Kansas. He was a Kansas Bandmasters Founding Member and KBA
Past President. He served as the KMEA Board College
Representative, KMEA State Audition Chair, KSHSAA State Large
Ensemble Manager and the NFHS Region Five Outstanding Music
Dr. Marion Roberts, or "Doc", is a native of Hutchinson, KS, where
he began playing piano at age four. He was his high school band's
drum major and performed as baritone soloist and drum major for the
Sky Ryders Drum Corp. Doc Roberts has conducted bands all over
the world, from Japan, to the United Kingdom, to Washington D.C.
While at Blue Valley North, his bands have performed at Omaha
Beach for the 50th Commemoration of the D-Day invasion and in
France for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. Marion taught and was
chair of the music department at Baker University for ten years and
finished his teaching career with twenty-eight years at Blue Valley
K-State Director Frank Tracz says, "Even after retirement Marion
continues to donate his time, energy, talents and support to all in
promoting the Kansas band and music education cause."
Former band parent, Barbara Wolock says, "In addition to his
musical talents and influence, Doc fostered the development of an
entire generation of BV North students into responsible, engaged
members of their community. He took pride in all of the students'
accomplishments, whether musical, academic, athletic or
community related. His interest in each one of our children
contributed to their confidence in themselves."
Former student, Jason Charney says, "Band was a social and
familial space for many students, and in addition to constantly
striving for musical excellence, he made sure his students felt safe,
accepted, and were having fun. I remember many moments in which
he would take a little time out of rehearsal to share an anecdote
about love, acceptance or equality."