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Saint Augustine's band director dies at CIAA tournament

Posted February 27, 2009

— The director of bands at Saint Augustine's College died while on a trip with the college band to the CIAA basketball tournament in Charlotte.

The cause of death for William E. Woods Sr. has not been determined, according to spokeswoman Crystal Kimpson Roberts at the college in Raleigh.

"Mr. Woods made a significant impact on the Saint Augustine's College community and our band program, from the program's implementation and founding to the supervision of the jazz and pep bands," college President Dianne Boardley Suber said. "He will be greatly missed."

Woods, who had been at the college since 2005, was also an assistant professor in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

Saint Augustine's men's and women's teams have both advanced to the tournament's semifinals rounds. The women were scheduled to play at 3 p.m. Friday and the men at 9 p.m.

Saint Augustine's is a 142-year-old, private, historically black college.


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  • diwanicki Feb 27, 2009

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family friends and band family

  • SunnyDays Feb 27, 2009

    Very Sad, sympathy to his family and St. Aug's.

  • lockinlady Feb 27, 2009

    RIP, condolences to his family and friends. I love good ol' St. Aug.. I used to work there and it's one big happy family. I'm sure that he will be sorely missed.

  • teacher-mom Feb 27, 2009

    My sympathy to the family and loved ones.

  • headlong Feb 27, 2009

    Thoughts and Prayers to Family, Friends, and School/Students!!!

    I hope they do their best today in memory of what looks to be a happy man...Play It Loud!!!

  • uncalumni02 Feb 27, 2009

    So sad...condolences to his family, friends, and students.

  • tgw Feb 27, 2009

    God bless all involved. Hope the teams can win and honor this man.

  • jtmitch01 Feb 27, 2009

    My condolences to his family and all the Falcons.

  • Adelinthe Feb 27, 2009

    Awww, praying for his loved ones and his students.

    Praying God gives them the strength to carry on at the tournament despite his death, to play on in his honor.

    God bless.


  • gt_football Feb 27, 2009

    Sad day for the Falcons!!!