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Cooper's Final Farewell

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Hal Cooper ended a 32-year career on Saturday, Aug. 13, by standing before a group of musicians as Arkansas Tech University director of bands for the final time.

Cooper (photographed) directed the Arkansas Tech Wind Ensemble during summer 2011 graduation at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday as his final act as director of bands. Cooper is one of only three people --- Marvin Williamson (1913-50) and Gene Witherspoon (1950-79) are the others --- to hold that title at Arkansas Tech.

Christopher M. Anderson, who previously served as associate director of bands and director of athletics bands at Texas Tech University since 2003, will take over as director of bands at Arkansas Tech this fall.

Click here to view more photos from summer 2011 commencement.

Click here to read an article from April 2011 when Cooper announced his decision to retire.

Click here to read an article from June 2011 when Anderson was chosen as the fourth Arkansas Tech director of bands.

Click here to learn more about the Department of Music at Arkansas Tech.