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Las Cruces remembers long-time music educator William Clark

LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces lost a giant in the music world this week with the passing of William Clark, Ph.D.

Clark was director of bands at New Mexico State University beginning in 1985 and founded the Mesilla Valley Concert Band and New Horizons Band and influenced generations of area musicians. As news of his passing from him on July 31 spread, social media was flooded with tributes and memories of the longtime educator who earned a doctorate in music education and was affectionately known as “Doc.” He was 84.

Originally from Arkansas, Clark was one of three children born to an engineer and a schoolteacher. His family of him was a musical one, his father of him playing several instruments and his aunt teaching music to public school students. Clark took up trumpet, then tuba, in his secondary school and higher education days.

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