At the May 8 annual meeting, The Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur elected three to its Board of Directors.
Dave Brandon is a native of Toledo, OH who spent his formative years in the western suburbs of Chicago, Dave Brandon moved to Decatur in 1985. A recent graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Dave launched the Decatur News Bureau for WCIA-3 (CBS) Champaign. Dave continued in this role, as well as anchoring and producing weekend newscasts, until August 1997 when he left the television news business to join the Alumni-Development staff at Millikin University as Director of Development. In September 2012, Dave was promoted to Vice-President, Alumni & Development and presently serves in this capacity. Dave is married to Kelly and they have two sons; Peter and Patrick. In addition to the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Dave was elected to the Board of Education for Mt. Zion CUSD #3 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Macon County.
Rev. Ted A. Hartley was born in McLeansboro, IL. He has a Bachelor of Music ED from SIU-Carbondale and a Masters in Music from Vandercook School of Music. His major instrument is tuba with a minor in voice and piano/organ. Rev. Hartley taught public school music for 15 years in Fairfield, Illinois. He also was Adjunct Professor of Music and Philosophy at Lakeland College in Mattoon for seven years. He has played and served on the boards of a number of community organizations: Rend Lake Symphony, Centralia Symphony, John A. Logan Community Band and Orchestra, Charlevoix Michigan
Community Band and Harbor Springs Michigan Community Band. Rev. Hartley is a member of the Decatur Municipal Band. Rev. Hartley is single and has a 27 year old son, Chris, who is a professional musician in the Peoria area.
Col Robert R. Tyler has more than 40 years of experience in key leadership positions as a career Marine Corps officer, aviator, DoD acquisition executive, college administrator, and support contractor to the Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security. Bob has a distinguished record of achievement in command, operations, personnel management, training, and scholarly pursuits. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology and a Masters in Safety that serve to inform his focus on human performance and operator error. He is an adjunct professor of Psychology at Richland Community College. Since moving to Decatur in 2009, Bob and his wife, Carol, have become friends of Kirkland, members of the Symphony Guild, and members of the Eastern Illinois University Foundation. Bob serves as the Council President of First Lutheran Church, the president of the Lincoln Land Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, and the 1st Vice-President of the Illinois Council of Chapters of the Military Officers Association of America.