, Derry, New Hampshire


December 27, 2012

Leaders who know the meaning of the word


On the school side of business, Derry welcomed Laura Nelson after 10-year veteran Mary Ellen Hannon departed from that office.

Nelson, who still carries Kentucky in her voice, appears to be a good fit. She’s enthusiastic, responsive and has settled in well. There are many challenges ahead for New Hampshire superintendents, as the Legislature continues to debate how to fund the state’s schools. Derry appears to be in good hands.

Londonderry schools continue under the experienced hand of superintendent Nate Greenberg. With declining enrollment and more fiscal challenges than any school board wants to see, Greenberg continues to keep a steady hand on the tiller and should steer the ship well into the years ahead.

He should have some great music to accompany him as he traverses the rough fiscal waters ahead.

The Londonderry High School community could just bust its buttons with pride over the Marching Lancers, a band well known around the globe.

The Lancers were just invited to participate in President Obama’s Inaugural Parade next month. That will be an encore performance for the flashy group of young musicians; they also performed for the president in 2009.

The band would not be what it is today without the enthusiastic leadership of “Mr. Music,” longtime music director Andy Soucy.

Named Londonderry’s Citizen of the Year in February, Soucy also was chosen as the Greater Derry/Londonderry’s Citizen of the Year in 2010.

But the accolades don’t appear to go to his head.

The traditional top hat worn by the Chamber’s person of the year fit quite nicely. Soucy always is quick to give credit to the band and its members.

But few high school bands from towns the size of Londonderry have made such a global impact.

Thank Soucy’s 38 years with the district for its program’s success. The band has traveled as far away as the Great Wall in China, the Rose Bowl parade and is a regular in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

If anyone had cause to blow their own horn, it’s Soucy.

He won’t, so we will.

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