In the last sixty years, the West Aurora High School band has had only three directors. For fully half that time, the man with the baton was Warren Felts. A master of the tuba and string bass, Felts led West High's band for 35 years before retiring in 1977. He died March 24, 2006, at Rush-Copley Medical Center from complications of a respiratory infection. He was 87. Born in Harrisburg, Ill., to a state health inspector who gave music lessons on the side, Felts was surrounded by music all his life.