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Band of Blue’s Finigan named to state Hall of Fame

Colleton County High School’s Band of Blue Director has been inducted into S.C. Band Director Association’s Hall of Fame.
The induction will happen on March 15th at Furman University, putting Tom Finigan into the 2020 Class of the Hall of the Fame. The Hall of Fame began in 1996, and currently has 44 recognized members.
“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,” said Finigan, on Monday. “I have been fortunate to teach band all of my career in Colleton County, and hopefully I have had an impact on the lives of thousands of students.”
Finigan also said he was “shocked” and “emotional” when he learned of induction during a recent state convention.
Finigan has been the director of Colleton’s Band of Blue since 2005. During his tenure, he has brought in dozens of awards and accolades through the band, including statewide competition rankings. He also led the band to appear in several national events, including televised parades.
Being named the director, he served as the assistant director of bands, from 1986 to 2004. He is also currently the historian of the SCBDA and is a past president of the statewide organization.
To recognize Finigan for his achievement, the Colleton County School District also released a statement.
According to Sean Gruber, spokesman for the Colleton County School District, Finigan was chosen for the induction into the Hall of Fame because of “his service to the association and his students, schools, and community.”
“Everyone in the Colleton County School District congratulates Finigan on his achievement, and thanks for him for his dedication to serving our students,” said Gruber.
Additionally, SCBDA President Chaz Paxton commented on Finigan and his accomplishments as a band director. In a letter that Paxton sent to Finigan, Paxton said the induction into the Hall of Fame is an honor that Finigan “truly deserves.”
“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,” said Paxton. “This recognition is but a small gesture of our thanks to you and for your service as a band director and leader in instrumental music in South Carolina.”

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