Ron Nelson(b. 1929- ) by Mike Silver Born in 1929 in Joliet, IL Ron Nelson wrote his first composition at the age six years. By the time he was in high school, he started conducting and arranging shows. Later in 1952, Ron Nelson received his Bachelor of Music, his Master's in 1953, and his Doctor of Music Arts in 1956 from the Eastman School of Music. He studied in France at the École Normale de Musique and later at the Paris Conservatory . In 1956, Dr. Nelson joined the Brown University faculty. During his tenure, he garnered attention for his efforts as a composer of choral, band, and other orchestral works. Dr. Nelson's writing for concert band took off with Rocky Point Holiday in 1953, his first major work for wind band, when it struck a chord with wind band conductors and audiences, and composing for band became a major part of his compositional life. The work has been said to mark a change in the overall philosophy of scoring for wind bands.