Billy Reagan Passes Away

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gadsden State Community College suffers the loss of another legendary member of its community. Alabama Music Educators Hall of Fame member Billy E. “Rip” Reagan has died. He began his tenure at Gadsden State in 1986. He worked as a full-time band director and music instructor from 1986 until his retirement in 1996. He remained band director at Gadsden State part-time until February 2014. Reagan Park located in Alabama City was dedicated in his honor. The band room in Wallace Hall also bears his name. He was teacher, musician, and entertainer to many. Many of his students have become music educators or perform professionally. Interim President Martha G. Lavender remarked: “Our Gadsden State family is deeply saddened by this loss. He was a legend throughout the community for his big heart, knowledge of music, abundance of honesty but mostly for his desire to educate and entertain…He will be remembered for his service to our college and dedication to helping others.”

 

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