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The 2014 Band of Blue will present halftime production “Out of the Box”

The Band of Blue 2014 halftime production and marching show will feature music by John Meehan. According to information provided by Band of Blue Director, Tom Finigan, he is the arranger and writer for the DCI World Champion Drum Corps, The Blue Devils. The drill designer for The Band of Blue is Bob Buckner. “Thinking outside the box is a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a new perspective,” said Finigan. “This often refers to novel or creative thinking. To think outside the box is to look farther and to try not thinking of the obvious things, but to try thinking of the things beyond them. The Band of Blue will be different and we hope you enjoy our show.”

According to Finigan, the show will be in four different sections and he describes the show in the following: In the Opener, (Part 1) we hear the main theme and set the tone for the show. Our show will have futuristic overtones throughout with short sound clips and visual ideas dealing in creative thinking. In Part 2, we present new and different voices and rhythms on our theme that really stretch your imagination. Listen for a wailing Park and Bark section where the Band of Blue puts a wall of sound right at you! Part 3 brings the beautiful chorale from Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ to re-set the tone of the show and really perform a work of art. In the Closer, (Part 4) we start with a fugue that builds into a drum solo that features the front ensemble and the battery. Look for a full blown drum feature and some very innovative drill and a new segment that will leave audiences saying “wow!” The Band of Blue then has a re-entry section that brings everything back together with a huge loud full ensemble push to the end! All of this is a very “different” approach to our half time production.

Tom Finigan heads into 28th year with Colleton County Band of Blue

Tom Finigan

Tom Finigan is as classic to the Colleton County High School Band of Blue as the name is itself.

He has after all been associated with The Band of Blue either as a student, staff member, or director since 1976. Finigan, a native of Walterboro, will continue as Director of Bands for the Colleton County High School Band of Blue and coordinator of the Instrumental Music Program for the Colleton County Schools. Finigan holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina and the Master of Education degree in school administration and supervision from the Citadel. His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Masters Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, Kappa Delta Epsilon, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, South Carolina Music Educators Association and the South Carolina Band Directors Association.

The Band of Blue, under Finigan’s leadership, continues a tradition of excellence. The Colleton County Band of Blue has continued to perform both innovative and engaging half time shows and has been named a top 12 finalist at state contest every year. Recently, the Band of Blue was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award and received Superior Ratings in Class V at concert festival. They were also a featured performer in the 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, DC and performed in the 2010 and 2013 Krewe of Endyminion Parade in the Mardi Gras in New Orleans, LA. Under Tom Finigan’s leadership, hundreds of students have received numerous excellent and superior ratings and region and all-state chairs at various SCBDA sponsored events. He is the past president of SCBDA and served on the SCBDA Executive Board for the past 19 years. He also served as the SCBDA State Marching Committee Chairman for eight years and is currently serving as the SCBDA Historian. Finigan is also active as an adjudicator and visual designer, having written for many bands and was recently named one of the 2014 Conn-Selmer VIP Band Directors in the US.

Finigan is married to the former Lorraine Cauley of Columbia. They have two sons, Thomas, 18 is a freshman Music Education Major at the University of South Carolina and William, 12 is in seventh grade and plays tuba.

New Assistant Director of Bands named for CCHS and CMS; Gary Stroupe


Gary Stroup

Gary Stroupe has been named as the new assistant director of bands at Colleton County High School and Colleton County Middle School according to Band of Blue Director, Tom Finigan. “Stroupe is a passionate educator and music advocate, who enjoys inspiring and motivating students through the joy of studying music,” remarked Finigan.

Stroupe is a 2007 graduate from the University of South Carolina, where he earned his degree, Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Education, with the distinction Magna Cum Laude.  He was an active performer, on several instruments during his years in college. In addition to studying Oboe professionally, Stroupe also performed Baritone and Alto Saxophone in the Carolina Band and English Horn in the Big Music Machine Orchestra. He is currently maintains professional affiliation with the South Carolina Band Director’s Association, the Charleston County Band Director’s Association, Music Educator’s National Conference, International Double Reed Society and he is an alumnus of Kappa Kappa Psi.

In his free time, he does enjoy cycling, reading, fishing, playing video games, and spending time with his family and friends.

Stacey Miller, Color Guard Director and Visual Coordinator continues to lead Band of Blue Guard



Stacey Miller

Stacey Miller, in his 10th year of teaching with the Band of Blue, is the Color Guard Director and Visual Coordinator for the Colleton County High School Band of Blue. “Mr. Miller’s participation as a performer and designer/instructor spans over thirty years,” reported Tom Finigan, Director of the Band of Blue.

Miller began his career as a member of the Hoke County, North Carolina High School Marching Band and Color Guard. He went on to become a member of the 1984 Cavilers Drum and Bugle Corps Color Guard from Rosemount, Illinois. Later, he was the guard instructor for the Bands of America Grand National Champion Rocky Mount (NC) High School and has since helped dozens of programs throughout the southeast.

He has produced highly successful programs at Carolina Forest (SC) High School, Gaffney (SC) High School, James F. Byrnes (SC) High School, Northwestern (SC) High School, Olympic (NC) High School, Scotland (NC) High School, Traveler’s Rest (SC) High School. In his past nine years as visual coordinator and color guard director at Colleton County High School and Colleton County Middle School he has helped accumulate many accolades some of which include SCBDA Winter Ensemble State Champion for 2013 and the 2014 CWEA Scholastic AA Championship.

According to Finigan, Miller has been critical in the developing and running the Carolina Winter Ensemble Association and has served as president in the past. He finds time to be an active adjudicator and visual designer, having written for many area bands and color guards. He also serves on various boards and appointed positions and is most importantly an advocate for students.

William Thomas named as Band of Blue Visual and Marching Instructor


William Thomas

William Thomas has been announced as a new addition to the visual and musical staff with the Band of Blue for the 2014-2015 school year.  Thomas, according to Band of Blue Director Tom Finigan, is a jack of all trades in the guard and drum corps world. He will continue his work with the Colleton County Guard Program, where he helped the guard earn First Place in the 2014 Carolina Winter Ensemble Association Championships.

Thomas performed in the 2012 Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps Colorguard.  Through this experience, Mr. Thomas performed at Drum Corps International’s World Championship Finals, at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He is a native of Hampton County.  He attended Charleston Southern University, performing Tenor and Baritone Sax in the Buccanner Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Wind Ensemble.  At Wade Hampton High School, he served as Drum Major for two years and marched Alto Sax and Mellophone.

Colleton native E.L. Manigo shines as educator and leader


E.L. Manigo

E.L. Manigo is the Associate Director of Bands for the Colleton County High School Band of Blue and Director of the Colleton County Junior Band and Middle School Bands. Manigo, a native of Colleton County, is in his twenty-eighth year of teaching. He is a 1980 graduate of Walterboro High School and earned his BME in Instrumental Music Education from Winthrop University and a master’s degree in Education from Southern Wesleyan.

Manigo has taught at Westside High School in Augusta, GA; Beaufort High School; R.W. Groves High School in Savannah, GA; Manning High School; Greenwood High School; and most recently at Wade Hampton High School in Hampton, SC. He was awarded teacher of the year in 1996 at Manning, 1999 at Greenwood High School and in 2002 in Hampton School District One.

His professional affiliations include Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, South Carolina Band Directors Association, Georgia Music Educators Association, Georgia Band Directors Association, South Carolina Drum and Bugle Corps Association, South Carolina Educators Association and the National Educators Association.  He has served on the SCBDA Marching Committee for several years.

Under Manigo’s leadership, hundreds of students have received numerous excellent and superior ratings and region and all-state chairs at various SCBDA sponsored events. He has won the SCBDA 3A Lower State Marching Band Championship three times and won the SCBDA Outstanding Performance Award nine times at the high school level and five times at the middle school level.

Nick Infinger in 9th year with Band of Blue


Nick Infinger

Nick Infinger is in his ninth year with the Colleton County Band Program. He holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of South Carolina and a master’s degree in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. He is a member of Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Music Educators Association, The International Trumpet Guild, and the South Carolina Band Directors Association.

Infinger was a member of the USC Symphonic Band, USC Concert Band, USC Marching Band (featured soloist), USC Trumpet Ensemble and the USC Left Band Big Band. Mr. He has performed for President George W. Bush and the past 3 South Carolina governors.

Mr. Infinger taught at Spring Valley High School and Gilbert High School. While at Gilbert, he was a brass instructor and visual tech. During that time, the Marching Indians, won two Class 2A Lower State titles and finished runner-up at the 2A SCBDA State Championships. Mr. Infinger maintains a private studio, teaching young trumpet players.

He offers private studio lessons for trumpet players and enjoys arranging and practicing his own trumpet. Infinger is an avid golfer and loves to fish and hunt. He is also a “die-hard” GAMECOCK fan.

2014-2015 BAND OF BLUE
Chakieria Allen Drum Major Kiana Broughton Flute
Brianna Evans Drum Major Michelle Buncombe Flute
Makayla Smalls Drum Major Cassidy Carter Flute
Aubre’ Brown Alto Sax Brianna Caudillo Flute
Diamond Brown Alto Sax Kandis Ferguson Flute
Shakey Clayton Alto Sax Deonna Frasier Flute
Cody Dalton Alto Sax Chelsea Moyer Flute
Destiny Dobison Alto Sax Cheyanne Rice Flute
Jacob Ellington Alto Sax Erin Strauss Flute
Cassie Headden Alto Sax Robert Adams Front
Delaney Howard Alto Sax Jasminee Bowers Front
Justin Parker Alto Sax Zhareah Burison Front
Shaquasha Parker Alto Sax Jahnechia Cillien Front
Montavius Pinckney Alto Sax Demontre Ferguson Front
Malik Rhodes Alto Sax Vikki Glover Front
Zander Richards Alto Sax Chelsae Roberts Front
Maya Stephens Alto Sax Tara Shider Front
Maria Baruffi Baritone Jalia Thomas Front
Zawadi Brown Baritone Alan Washington Front
Jessie Crandall Baritone Lauren Arabis Guard
Anthony Crimley Baritone Nadia Bowlin Guard
Jameel Drayton Baritone Jessica Brown Guard
Holden Duffie Baritone Whitney Bryan Guard
Kaleb Faulkenberry Baritone Priscilla Chapman Guard
Andrea Jenkins Baritone Ashley Dantzler Guard
Chris Lollar Baritone Kyla Davis Guard
Breana Mitchell Baritone Trinity Holt Guard
Coleman Sams Baritone Brooke Hudson Guard
Britney Woodbury Baritone Katie Hudson Guard
Gean Johnson Bass Drum Tiffany Infinger Guard
Justin Pinckney Bass Drum Shaquanay Kelly Guard
Josh Pontoon Bass Drum Elizabeth Lawton Guard
Ricky Regins Bass Drum Suzie McLauchlin Guard
Ryan Russell Bass Drum Deanna Munro Guard
Michaela Bennett Clarinet Tara Neuroth Guard
Ashila Brown Clarinet Kim O’Quinn Guard
Kaylah Edwards Clarinet Courtney Padgett Guard
Shadell Frasier Clarinet Bailey Raez-Johnson Guard
Taylor Fussell Clarinet Emily Rahn Guard
Haleigh Gamble Clarinet Makayala Smith Guard
Amare Gethers Clarinet Heaven Leigh Teal Guard
Shakayla Gill Clarinet Alixa Villalobos Guard
Natalyn Gillison Clarinet Asia White Guard
Sarah Guerette Clarinet Makayla Woods Guard
Alexis Hamrick Clarinet April Wright Guard
Ashley Hooks Clarinet Tylan Gant Horn
Alexis Lawton Clarinet Anna Hawkins Horn
Ashley Lynah Clarinet Nicolette Lisbon Horn
Maria Manaeva Clarinet Xavier Pope Horn
Deanna Whitten Clarinet Jazmine Salley Horn
Sydney Wolfe Clarinet Deonre Way Horn
Seyvon Broughton Snare Drum Noah Barco Tuba
Eric Ferguson Snare Drum Devin Crosby Tuba
Chyanei Ford Snare Drum Luke Driggers Tuba
Issac Robinson Snare Drum Carlyle Frazier Tuba
Josh Craven Tenors Hannah Gamble Tuba
Yunas Miller Tenors Jimmy Manigo Tuba
Aaron Breedlove Trumpet
Jim Bunton Trumpet
Robert Dent Trumpet
Caleb Grinberg Trumpet
Nicholas Jackson Trumpet
Kevin Morales Trumpet
Hunter Moss Trumpet
Megan Newton Trumpet
Hunter Pinckney Trumpet
Justice Rhodes Trumpet
Maverick Sineath Trumpet
James Stanley Trumpet
Matthew Thurston Trumpet
Mariah Todd Trumpet
Alex Wallace Trumpet
Toni Wilson Trumpet
Miriam Yale Trumpet
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