Band director announces retirement

Ethan Weihl
Video Editor

Seniors Lillian Ortinau and Noel Spatola give band director Dane Williams flowers and a card following the holiday concert Dec. 5, in Knight Auditorium. Photo by Zeke La Mantia

Band director Dane Williams is retiring after 31 years of teaching at the high school.

Williams began his work at the high school in 1989. Since then, he and the band have performed countless times at venues all over the world.

However, Williams’ most memorable experience was following the September 11th attacks.

The band was set to march in the Greentree Festival Parade. There was question as to whether or not to perform, but the band decided to play.

“They did the parade because you needed to,” Williams said. “All the way down the route, it was kind of a moment.”

In regards to teaching, Williams hopes everyone feels included.

“There’s a spot for someone who’s gonna be a pro and a spot for someone who wants to balance their life,” Williams said.

Senior and drumline section leader Lillian Ortinau has worked with Williams since she was in sixth grade.

“People like Mr. Williams not only because he’s a great teacher but because he’s always here for his students,” Ortinau said.

Band teacher Jill Young echoed these sentiments.

“Mr. Williams is one of the most caring and selfless people I’ve ever met… [He’s] done a lot of things behind the scenes that get us where we need to be,” Young said.

As for advice for his students, Williams encourages students to “be kind to yourself. Your effort and your thoughtfulness is enough.”


Ethan Weihl – Video Editor

This is senior Ethan Weihl’s second year on ECHO Staff. He previously served as News Editor.  He has not decided on college yet, but he wants to major in Political Science, History and/or Journalism.


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