Northside band room named for longtime leader Hale

awoolen@macon.comMay 15, 2013 

Robert Hale was the founding band director at Northside High School and Tabor Junior High School, now Thompson Middle School.

It is only fitting that the band room at Northside be named in honor of the person who named the Blue Wind Band.

Current band director Chuck Herron dedicated the room to his predecessor May 7 at the spring concert.

“He was very greatly thought of by all the faculty and the students,” Herron said.

Hale was the band director at both schools from 1963-1987. He died in 1999.

“He left such a wonderful legacy,” said Herron.

The school won numerous awards under Hale’s direction. His marching band, as well as the concert band, was one of the top in Georgia.

Herron has talked to some of Hale’s former students, and he said they all would agree Hale wouldn’t have thought the dedication was necessary.

“Let’s play some good music,” is what Hale would say to his students.

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