HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM)– There wasn’t a dry eye Monday night as band members from across Washington County gathered to pay tribute to tri-state music legend Bradly Smith.
Smith taught music from 1964 to 2003 and was South Hagerstown High School’s Band Director from 1975 to 1994. Smith was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and generations of band members wanted to thank him for his contribution to music. The only way to do that was to perform the rebel’s fight song “Are you from Dixie?”
“Bradley Smith touched so many people’s lives in this community from elementary, middle to high school,” said Rebel Class 1985 Tuba Player Rick Conrad. “Not only in music but he taught us all that if we can gather together as one and fight for the same common goal, we can achieve anything. He’s not going to be with us much longer and we want to get this message to him that he made a difference in thousands of people’s lives.”
Smith wasn’t able to be in attendance but got to watch the performance on Facebook-live and thanked his band members for playing the fight song one more time.