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Distinguished alum lauded on marching fields
SoVaNow.com / October 23, 2013
For the 30th annual Bluestone Marching Barons Band Invitational on Oct. 12, representatives of Elon University traveled to Skipwith to present several honors to a distinguished alumnus — Ricky Allgood, celebrating his 37th year as director of the Baron Band program.
Allgood received a congratulatory plaque from Tait R. Arend, interim director of Alumni Engagement at Elon University, and a congratulatory letter from Dr. Jack O. White, who was band director at Elon when Allgood was a student there. Arend noted that Allgood’s professional achievements demonstrate the spirit and ideals of Elon University, and he wished the Bluestone band mentor continuing success in his important work.
In his letter of congratulations, White pointed out that Allgood’s leadership as a Bluestone teacher has provided several generations of students with a solid foundation in music and in life. Raul G. Barcenes, the current band director at Elon University, was also in attendance at the band competition. Despite the less than ideal weather, the Marching Barons pulled off another highly successful competition. The band performed their 2013 show, the Wizard of Oz, in exhibition to cap off the day’s performances.
The Baron Band Invitational attracted a strong turnout of bands from Virginia and North Carolina, including the Marching Dragons of Park View.
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