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Legendary Londonderry High music director Andy Soucy to retire

Union Leader Correspondent

February 20. 2018 10:16PM
Londonderry High School Music Director Andy Soucy speaks to his musicians in this 2008 photo. (Union Leader file photo/Trent Spiner)

LONDONDERRY — Andy Soucy, the highly accomplished longtime music director at Londonderry High School, has announced he will retire this June.

Soucy has been with the high school since it opened in the 1970s and in 46 years has transformed Londonderry’s music department and marching band into one of the most decorated, well-respected programs in the Northeast.

“I have grandchildren that I’d like to spend time with; I’ve spoken with my family and now’s a good time,” Soucy said on Tuesday morning. “It’s really been fun.” He thanked the many who helped make it all possible, adding, “we have a great staff.”

Londonderry School Superintendent Scott Laliberte presented Soucy’s resignation letter to the school board on Tuesday evening. The board reluctantly accepted his resignation and gave him a standing ovation, even though he was not present.

Londonderry High School Principal Jason Parent said Soucy could have had his pick of jobs and the district had the good fortune to call him theirs for nearly a half-century.

“That type of longevity is a testament to his leadership and vision, and has earned him an impeccable reputation coast to coast. Andy has built an iconic high school music program that has provided incredible opportunities for thousands of students, and has become a dynasty which many other music programs seek to emulate,” Parent said in a written statement read into the record during the school board meeting.

“He has always viewed each performance as an audition for the next invitation, and each time his program has delivered, resulting in an incredible ripple effect of success.”

The Londonderry High School Marching Lancers Band has been one of the most traveled in the country, appearing at both inaugurations of President Obama, holiday parades in New York City, multiple bowl games in Florida, performances at sporting events in Manchester and Boston, and the Great Wall of China in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics.

He has also taken the marching band to southern California to the Tournament of Roses Parade five times, earning himself a brick in front of Rose Bowl Stadium right next to conductor John Williams.

“We have a popular program and we have wonderful kids who enjoy participating,” Soucy said. “Our kids are a terrific group — we have scholars, athletes, we have quiet kids — it’s just a nice, comfortable group of kids in the department who have found an exciting way to go through high school.”

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