HOTMello2005 Posted September 15, 2008 Group: Member Topic Count: 0 Content Count: 1,066 Reputation: 0 Days Won: 0 Joined: 11/13/2005 Share Posted September 15, 2008 Dear Members of the Herd of Thunder Family, present and past: It has been brought to our attention that Dr. Sid Haton, the first director of the Herd of Thunder, passed away on Friday in his office on the campus of Gardner-Webb University. Although it has not been officially confirmed, the cause of death was said to be a heart attack. Dr. Haton had been hired by Garnder-Webb in 2006 to begin a marching band program from scratch, something he had done twice before. While at USF, Sid had been known as a very capable musician and marching band director whose affable personality was well suited to the task he took on in 1999. A number of HOT traditions and the foundation of excellence that currently underpins the band can be traced to his leadership. Prior to his stay at USF, Dr. Haton had worked the University of Oregon. He had just recently completed his doctorate in music education at the University of Georgia. On behalf of the Herd of Thunder, the HOT staff will be in contact with Sid Haton's family to express our deepest sympathy for the untimely loss of his meaningful life and to recognize in a suitable manner our appreciation for his contributions to our band program and university. We will likewise send our condolences to the members of the Garner-Webb University Marching Band. Individual expressions of sympathy may be channeled through Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Sincerely, Dr. John CarmichaelDirector of BandsUniversity of South Florida Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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