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Longtime Lugoff-Elgin High Director of Bands awarded Order of the Palmetto

Monday, July 18, 2022

Glenn C. Price, recently retired Lugoff-Elgin High School Director of Bands, has been awarded the Order of the Palmetto. The Order of the Palmetto is South Carolina’s highest civilian honor presented in recognition of a lifetime of extraordinary achievement, service and contributions on a national or statewide scale.

The award will be formally presented during a special ceremony on Saturday, July 23, at 3 p.m. in the Lugoff-Elgin High School auditorium. The public is invited to attend. 

A native of Camden and Camden High School graduate, Price retired this year after 48 years of teaching, serving 47 of these years in Kershaw County School District. After earning a music education degree at East Carolina University, Price taught for one year in North Carolina before returning to Kershaw County to teach at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School. In 1975, he moved to Lugoff- Elgin High School as the Director of Bands where he has led student musicians since.

During his tenure at Lugoff-Elgin, Price’s students were always very competitive in marching competitions, receiving many recognitions including being consistent winners of the Outstanding Performance Award. In 1981 the Lugoff-Elgin band won the AA State Marching Band Championship. 

While Price’s influence was certainly felt locally by his band students and coworkers, he was also very active in the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA), where he mentored fellow band directors. In 2005, Price was inducted into the SCBDA Hall of Fame. His statewide leadership positions over the years have included serving as the SCBDA President (1997-1999), marching band committee chair, adjudication committee chair and more. Price often brought SCBDA events to Kershaw County, hosting State Marching Championships, concert festivals and Region Band clinics over the years.

Price is also a past president of the S.C. Music Educators Association (SCMEA) and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2017.

Price’s nomination for this prestigious award included letters of recommendation from Senator Thomas McElveen, President of the South Carolina Music Educators Association Joe Gulledge, Colleton County Schools Band Director Cathy Meshach, Retired Band Director Nancy Neal, Kershaw County School District Coordinator of the Arts Regina McDonald, Kershaw County School District Director of Secondary Education Dr. Worth Thomasson, Laurie Slade Funderburk and C. Phillip McIntyre.

“As Mr. Price retires after 48 years of teaching, his passion and love of music will continue to burn brightly through all of the lives he has touched over the years. There is no doubt that his students will carry him in their hearts for many years to come,” says Cathy Meshach. 


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