Loren D. Geiger, a music teacher and band director at Orchard Park Central Schools for 37 years, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 63.
A native of Eggertsville, Mr. Geiger followed the path of his parents and attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, earning a bachelor's degree in 1968 and a master's degree in 1970. He joined Orchard Park schools at the elementary level and then moved to the middle school, retiring in 2006.
In addition to teaching instrumental band music, he performed as a tubist in a number of local ensembles, including the Orchard Park Symphony and the Clarence Summer Orchestra (for which he served as librarian), the Amherst Symphony, American Legion Band of the Tonawandas and Lancaster Town Band. He frequently performed as a soloist and a conductor.
A lifelong circus fan, he enjoyed performing with the Shrine Circus and traveling rodeos when they came to town.
He also was a member of Lancaster Presbyterian Church, where he shared his music in worship.
For 25 years he published a band history newsletter, the "Boombah Herald," as a means to promote the history of band music around the world. He became a noted historian in the field and maintained an extensive personal music collection.
Mr. Geiger distinguished himself as an arranger and composer, for both bands and orchestras. He has more than 800 titles to his credit, and his works have been commissioned by ensembles locally and throughout the world, from Sweden to Japan to the U.S. Marine Band.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, the former Elain Sivers; three daughters, Rebecca Hamlen, Sarah and Diana; a brother, Ronald; and a sister, Karen DeFries.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Alden Mennonite Church, 923 Two Rod Road, Alden.