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Band of Blue Director Tom Finigan was elected to the South Carolina Band Directors Association’s Hall of Fame on January 30, in recognition for “all of his service to the association and his students, schools and community.”
“I am so honored and humbled to be named to the 2020 Class of the South Carolina Band Director’s Association Hall of Fame,” Finigan said. “The band directors in the Hall of Fame are icons in our state and have been the most influential and effective band directors in South Carolina since 1937. I have been fortunate to teach band all of my career in Colleton County and hopefully, I have had impact on the lives of thousands of students.”
The SCBDA Hall of Fame, started in 1996, has 44 recognized members.
SCBDA President Chaz Paxton praised Finigan’s accomplishments as a band director in a letter, stating that the Hall of Fame induction was an honor Finigan truly deserved.
“I hope this day will be very special to you and your family, because I can assure you that it is very special to the South Carolina Band Directors Association,” Paxton said. “This recognition is but a small gesture of our thanks to you for your service as a band director and leader in instrumental music in South Carolina.”
“Everyone in the Colleton County School District congratulates Finigan on his achievement, and thanks him for his dedication to serving our students,” said Sean Gruber, coordinator of communications for the Colleton County School District.
Finigan has been the director of bands at Colleton County High School since 2005 and was assistant director of bands from 1986-2004. He is a past president of the SCBDA and currently is serving as the historian.
Finigan will be inducted on March 15 at the SCBDA All State Band Concert at Furman University.