Ron Lemon contributed to music and music education, principally in West Texas. He taught horn and brass methods at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, from 1976 to 2008 and played principal horn in the Amarillo Symphony from 1976 to 2003.
Ron had deep roots in West Texas. He was born in 1935 and grew up in Lubbock, Texas, attending Lubbock High School and earning degrees in music education and performance at Texas Tech University. He played in the Lubbock Symphony horn section during high school and his years at Tech. His horn teachers included Guy Knowles, J.W. King, and Robert B. Taylor.
After leaving Texas Tech, Ron joined the US Navy Band in Washington DC, where he eventually served as principal horn and soloist. During his stint with the band, he performed for President Kennedy's inauguration and his funeral. Next he went to the New Orleans Philharmonic for five seasons, three as principal horn. He also performed one season as principal horn with the Mobile (Alabama) Symphony.
Returning to Texas Tech, Ron completed a Master of Music degree under Anthony Brittin (also a Punto Award recipient) and again performed with the Lubbock Symphony. He also studied horn with Barry Tuckwell, Philip Farkas, Dale Clevenger, and Abe Kniaz. He performed four summers as principal horn with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra and twelve summers as principal horn and soloist with the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. Before joining the faculty at WTAMU, he taught at Emporia State University in Kansas, where he performed and toured with the Mid-America Woodwind Quintet.
Ron’s son Jim played horn professionally in Cape Town, South Africa, with the Cape Town Symphony and Opera Orchestra, and also performed for eight months with the Barcelona (Spain) Symphony.
Ron was nominated for the Punto Award in 2012 by Bill Scharnberg, host of the International Horn Symposium in Denton TX.