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By Caitlin Knox ‘14

Department of MUSIC Dr. Pete LaRue has seen his students become music teachers, doctors and lawyers. His “band scholars,” as he calls them, can participate regardless of their major/ minor. To Dr. Pete, it’s all about “helping young people grow up.” The Fighting Tiger Grrr… Pep Band is everpresent at football and basketball games, boosting school spirit with every tune. GC’s music department is somewhat unique in that it has a movie star, former skydiver, TV show chef/musician, and accomplished composer wrapped into one professor – Sonny Burnette – who strongly believes that “music contributes to a person’s health and well-being.” Both LaRue and Burnette look for innovative ways to educate liberal arts students in the appreciation of music. LaRue’s “Eight O’Clock Scholars” version of Music Appreciation always has a waiting list, and Burnette’s History of Rock & Roll (offered in both traditional and online formats) has become one of the college’s most popular general education options in the arts.

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Right: Dr. Pete LaRue is an accomplished trombone player and director of Georgetown’s Summer Camps. Below: The Fighting Tiger Grrr... Pep Band, also directed by Dr. LaRue, at a football game.

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The mission of Georgetown College is to prepare students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an ex...

GC Magazine Summer 2014  

The mission of Georgetown College is to prepare students to engage in their life’s pursuits with thoughtfulness and skill by providing an ex...