In the beginning...
Robert "Bob" Warrender lived in southeast Kansas his entire life. Music was his passion and his pastime. Born in Ashton, Kansas, he graduated from Arkansas City High School in 1950 and went on to receive a degree from Arkansas City Junior College (now Cowley College) culminating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University.
He served in the United States Army with the 129th Army Band.
For 36 years, Bob taught instrumental music in public schools. Bob taught school at Ford, Sedan for seven years, El Dorado for three years and later returned to Sedan where he was the band director for 21 years. He was well respected and loved.
In retirement, Bob volunteered much of his time with the Winfield Intermediate School teaching music to the students. He also was giving private music lessons to Winfield students in fifth through 12th grades.
He was a member of and pianist for the Geuda Springs Community Church and a member of the Arkansas City Community Band, the Senseney Band, Shrine Concert Band, Shrine Ensemble and Shrine Dance Band of Wichita.