Hall of Fame - Lorraine Paris, Awarded Posthumously
Ms. Lorraine Paris, a 1944 graduate of Parker High School, gave her life to music, serving for 47 years as the band director of Newberry High School. In this capacity, she had many opportunities to positively influence multiple generations of families in the community. Through her pioneering spirit and dedication, she shaped and maintained one of the most outstanding band programs in South Carolina. Ms. Paris’ influence was so inspirational that she charted the course for many students to follow in her footsteps and become band directors. She made countless contributions to the South Carolina Band Directors Association, including leadership roles as president, executive secretary, and treasurer. She was a member of Phi Beta Mu, the American School Band Directors Association, and the National Women’s Band Directors Association. Two of Ms. Paris’ most coveted honors were being inducted into the South Carolina Music Educators Association Hall of Fame and being named recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto.