Duker founded the Quincy Concert Band in 1982 under its original name,
the Quincy Breakfast Kiwanis Concert Band. He
band until 1984, when it reorganized and became the Quincy
Community Concert Band in 1984. Although his tenure as a
conductor ended, Duker continued to serve on the Board of Directors,
and also played in the band for many years.
in the Army from 1967 to 1970 included a tour of duty in Viet Nam.
Then, after working at United High School in Tolono,
Illinois, and then at the Effingham, Illinois, Public Schools as band
director, Duker became the elementary and junior high band director for
Quincy Public Schools - a position he held until 1985. He
continued with QPS as the principal of Baldwin School until his
retirement in 1994.
Paul Duker passed away in 2013, after a
28-year battle with health problems caused by Agent Orange exposure in
Viet Nam. In 2016, the Duker family commissioned a special
composition, "Elegy for
the Wall's Unnamed",
honoring Paul Duker and all other servicemen affected by Agent Orange.
The Quincy Concert Band performed this work at its March 16,
concert, and also at Illinois Music Educators' Conference in Peoria on
January 28, 2017.