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Cloverween Parade Grand Marshall 2016 William L. Cole

Bill Cole Bill Cole Mr. William Cole has been a Music Educator for 37 years, 20 of those years at Cloverdale Community Schools.

He arrived in the fall of 1996 and met his High School Band of 20 students. Mr. Cole continued to develop the Instrumental Music Program at Cloverdale. He taught 5th grade General Music, a guitar class, Percussion class, Music Theory, Jazz Studies, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Winter Color Guard, Winter Percussion, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir. Many Gold ratings were earned over the years, and 2 ISSMA All Music Awards. He was instrumental in hosting the Indiana Bandmasters All Region Honor Band and ISSMA Organizational Concert Contests for many years. His students were honored to march in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. this summer. Many of his students have continued their music participation in college and the local community, including his own children. His students performed annually for the Elementary & Middle School Students. Many of his students will remember that he walked with them on Senior night if their parents could not attend, or presented them with their Academic Awards jacket. Over the last 20 years, he has supported the Cloverdale Community with his many talents. When Mr. Cole retired in July, he left a High School Band of 80 students, 70 students in 7th/8th grade Band, and 30 6th grade beginners.

In addition to his dedication to Cloverdale Schools, Mr. Cole directed Music at Cloverdale United Methodist Church, and appeared in the pit orchestra and on stage for several Putnam County Playhouse productions as well as Cloverdale High School Productions. Mr. Cole asks his students, “What’s the best thing about Band or Choir? What’s the worst thing about Band or Choir? And the kids will shout, “EVERYBODY COUNTS!”

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