Letter to the Editor (January 27, 2016)

Band booster is not forgotten

Lewis Hagen was many things to many people, but he was especially important to those of us who not only knew him and heard him play his wonderful trumpet, but to those of us who he performed with, encouraged and had a comradery in music.

He was always a joy to be around. He would often come by the band room to see me and just chat, which always was an encouragement to me.

I am especially glad he performed with the Hills?boro High Band, Jazz Band and Pep Band. Even though he did not record with us on the CD that the 2006-07 Jazz Band made he was right there with us cheering us on.

Another highlight was his participation in the Hillsboro Community Band, along with some other fine friends. It was in that setting that we really got to see the ?real? Lewis. I can still hear him, Don Weinbrenner, Steve Hannaman and Randy Claassen ribbing each other?just like kids in high school.

What a blessed time that was. He often talked proudly of his grandkids, some of whom I had the pleasure of having in band.

One of the last things I had the opportunity to do for him was to make an accompaniment track to ?Down from His Glory? by the Hawaiians. I can still hear him doing that. He was an inspiration to us all.

He may be gone and his trumpet is silent here on earth, but I?m sure he is praising his Lord and Savior with all his might in heaven. I can?t wait to hear that! I just wish someone could pick up where he left off. But then again, it wouldn?t be Lewis.

Gregg Walker,

former director

of Hillsboro bands

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