Stephen E. Frederick

Stephen E. Frederick

Stephen E. Frederick

Stephen E. Frederick, founding director of the Montgomery County Concert Band, passed away on July 20, 2013 after a long illness.

Mr. Frederick was a graduate of West Chester University, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Villanova University, where he earned his Masters degree in Secondary School Administration. He taught music in the Colonial and Central Bucks School Districts before becoming director of bands at North Penn High School. In 1990, he began his tenure as a school administrator. Mr. Frederick retired in 2003 after 35 years as a music educator and administrator, concluding as Principal of North Penn High School.

Mr. Frederick served as a clinician, guest conductor and judge for marching, concert and jazz band events throughout the country. He was a co-founder and director of the Montgomery County Concert Band. He served as Executive Consultant to the US Scholastic Band Association, based in Allentown. Through the years he supervised student teachers for West Chester University, served on the Board of Governors for the former Gibbs School, hosted programs for WNPV radio (1440 am) in Lansdale, and was active in a variety of community and professional organizations.

Website visitors are invited to leave their thoughts and remembrances below the video.

Remembering Steve

39 comments on “Stephen E. Frederick
  1. Kate Sheaffer says:

    Steve will always be in my thoughts. He was the best mentor anyone could ever ask for. His friendship will truly be missed.

  2. Ron Frick says:

    Few men have impacted my life more. His body is gone, but his spirit lives on in all of us he touched.

  3. Wanda Cattalo says:

    We have lost a wonderful man, but he leaves an amazing legacy through his wonderful family, who allowed us to take him and make him our own. The thousands of lives he has formed through his love of music will keep him alive through countless ages. All of us are sad that you are no longer walking beside us, Fred, but we all know that now you are watching over us. Rest in peace. You have no clue how much you were loved and admired.

  4. Paul R. says:

    Thank You Steve for teaching me the potential for greatness IS!

  5. Lucinda Warren says:

    I will never forget you Fred. You were an awesome band director of the North Penn Marching Knights. Thank you for guiding me and helping to mold me into the person I am today. I will miss you at the tree lighting in Lansdale too. To his family I will be praying for you. HUGS and Love to all of you.

  6. Mike Long says:

    Thank you Steve for helping make me the man I am today! Thank you Dot and Stephanie for sharing your incredible husband and father with so many!

  7. Jean Wietecha says:

    We lost an awesome man yesterday, May he R.I.P.

  8. Cliff Buetikofer says:

    I’ll always remember Steve for “stretching” my musical ear to some really non-standard band literature. Sure the band could play the classic marches but Steve was always trying to reach that next level.

    I remember one rehearsal Steve said it wasn’t just the notes, it was the silence in between the notes that was just as important. I think I’ll observe some silence today in a tribute to Steve.

  9. Adam Tucker says:

    The influence Steve had on my life is undeniable. I am truly a better educator because I knew him and saw what he could accomplish with a musical ensemble. The time I spent getting to know Steve and his wonderful family will always be some of my favorite memories. Much love goes to them in this time of remembrance. Thanks Fred.

  10. Deb (Ruehmling) Fialkowski says:

    So sad to hear about Steve “FRED” Frederick’s passing. May God comfort his wife and family. He has become a legend and will always be remembered by many former NPMK band members and we band front members…even us former majorettes. He made us work hard from July through November, from the blazing hot summer days at band camp to the freezing cold evenings in competition. That inspiration to work hard and strive for perfection in band competition has paid dividends as we have been inspired to work hard at everything in life…from academics to career and everyday life. We will miss him here on earth but thank the Lord for the gift of memories that we will have FRED in our hearts for a very long time.

  11. Kevin Manero says:

    There are few people who will ever come through this community and make as much of a positive impact on so many different groups of people as Steve did. Whether as a band director, principal, sports fan, educator, or friend, Steve connected on a genuine level with so many people and made the NP community a much better place. Never a conversation without a joke and smile, never a shortage of humorous digs on one another, and never a moment with Steve that didn’t also include wisdom and advice. His legacy will live on forever through all that has the fortunate circumstance of sharing these kinds of moments with a truly great man.

  12. Deb Derro says:

    Didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Steve till Montgomery County Band. He made me feel so comfortable in my efforts to play again after so many years. Your smile and kind ways will always be remembered.

  13. Robert Peters says:

    Thank you Steve for being a great teacher and friend! Many a time sitting in my father’s barber chair Steve would share stories, insights and invaluable wisdom that would help guide me through the years, as well as razz my dad haha. You will be missed greatly and my prayers and thoughts go out the Frederick family. God speed.

  14. Stephanie Kligge says:

    I would like to say this man will always be close to my heart as I step in front of my students. He was a great man!

  15. Shelly Geib says:

    Rest in Peace Steve. Your legacy will live on. Was truly a great man. Glad to have known him

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