Over the weekend, the Boise State Athletic Department mourned the passing of long time Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band director David A. Wells.  

“The loss of David leaves a void at Boise State University and within our athletic department,” said Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing and Promotions, Brad Larrondo.  “First and foremost, David’s service to the university and the students was truly remarkable.  Beyond that, his dedication and preparation from a game experience for Bronco Athletics will be missed.  David’s passion was unmatched and he exemplified what Being a Bronco’ was all about.”

Wells spent 23 years directing the Blue Thunder Marching Band and the Boise State University athletic pep band, and was founder of the Idaho High School All-Star Marching Band.  He retired from Boise State in March of this year.

Among his many achievements, Wells led Boise State marching band appearances the in tournament of Roses Parade and Orange Bowl Parade, oversaw various high school and college marching bands, producing NFL/AFL Pro-Bowl, Hall of Fame Bowl and Holiday Bowl halftime shows, taught at the high school and collegiate levels and guest conducted at various nationally recognized festivals, symphonies and orchestras.

Before coming to Boise State in August 1986, Wells directed the marching bands at Murray State University in Kentucky. He also was supervisor of music and taught instrumental music in public schools in Ohio, beginning his teaching career in Cuyahoga Heights High School and Hillsdale Consolidated Schools.

By his side every step of the way was his wife, Lavaughn, as well as the couples two sons and grandsons.

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