Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Wellborn High to name band room after longtime director

Jeff Lenard directed Wellborn's band for 25 years. Photo: Ken Elkins/Anniston Star file photo

In Jeff Lenard's tenure at Wellborn High School, the Marching Highlander Band director participated in an Oxford-Wellborn rivalry that spilled over from the football field to the halftime shows.

At Oxford's game against Pelham on Friday night, the respect Oxford and Wellborn shared for each other was evident.

Oxford's band cut short its usual halftime performance to pay tribute to Lenard, who died Friday after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 60.

With fans from both sides standing, Oxford's band played "Amazing Grace" in Lenard's honor.

Lenard lived his final day knowing he would be remembered at Wellborn High School.

The school's band room will bear the name of the longtime director. The Calhoun County Board of Education approved the honor at its meeting Thursday night.

"Jeff was always laid back and easy going in his dealings with folks," said Wellborn principal Ed Whatley.

"I think it meant a lot to parents to know he could be so personable, but when it came to the music program, he was very serious."

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