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Friends, colleagues, students remember school band leader

To his students, he was the favorite teacher who could make them learn while having fun. To his fellow musicians, he was the virtuoso who never ceased to amaze. To his family, he was the glue that held them together and brought them joy.

Donald V. Heald, the former band director at Dedham Middle School and bass player at Skipjack’s Sunday jazz brunch in Boston, died at age 54 late last month after a long struggle with ALS.

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