December 18, 2021
Spotlight on Kirk Randazzo
Kirk Randazzo graduated from UofSC in 1994. While here, he joined the Carolina Band that had a monumental impact on his life, including finding his future wife.
“Some of my fondest memories as a student in the Carolina Band involve road trips,” Randazzo said. “One trip, in particular, took us to Knoxville to play the University of Tennessee, and we spent the previous night in Gatlinburg. As we were unloading buses, Mr. Copenhaver came to me and handed me a large envelope. Inside were 30 tickets to a laser tag arena. Mr. Copenhaver simply said, ‘I don’t do laser tag so invite your friends and have a great time.'”
It was hard for Randazzo to find one reason why the Carolina Band meant so much to him.
“Most recently, when our 17-year-old son, Sam, passed away unexpectedly, it was the Band that stepped up to offer their love and support,” he said. “Our closest friends (all Band members) took care of anything we needed, even if we didn’t realize it at the time. The current Band members sent flowers and notes of love through email, Facebook, and even hand-written cards. And, when we were finally able to hold a public Celebration of Life in Sam’s memory, the Carolina Band showed up to play Amazing Grace/America the Beautiful and Precious Lord Take My Hand. Every time I think of that day, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of those students and the directors. It is absolutely true that the Carolina Band is family and I cannot thank them enough.”
Read the full story, written by Audra Vaz, on the School of Music website.