The renaming of the William Fleming High School music room.

The renaming of the William Fleming High School music room.

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Wayne Shorter started this petition to "William Fleming High School"

My goal for this petition is to honor the life and work of a man that loved teaching music to young people. He served as the band director at William Fleming High School for several years until the 1986-1987 school year. From my knowledge, Mr. Broadneaux ran a tough band camp. one in which his students loved to learn from him. The marching band would have their annual fundraiser of selling oranges. These funds would help support competitions the band would perform in.

William Fleming was the home of the Magnet School of Performing Arts beginning the 1986-1987 school year and Mr. Broadneaux was selected to be the director of music. At this time Mr. Broadneaux became the first director of the Jazz Ensemble for the Magnet School of Performing Arts. The Jazz Ensemble would play at different occasions throughout the Roanoke area. Our Christmas programs at Center on the Square and Roanoke College were a few of my favorite.

Mr. Broadneaux asked me to switch from the alto saxophone to the trombone. He supported me as I learned the new instrument and I became a better trombone player than a sax player. He was like a father figure to so many students at William Fleming. I feel that it's time for us to give back to him.    

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