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Pat Wylie

Posted: September 14, 2017 3:59 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2017 1:00 a.m.

We join the community in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of William Patrick “Pat” Wylie.

Wylie, among many other things, was the band director at Camden Middle School for 25 years and was a founder, director, and director emeritus of the Camden Community Concert Band. Many will also remember him as the voice of the University of South Carolina’s marching band, and anyone who ever heard his voice enthusiastically exhorting everyone in Williams-Brice stadium to, “Keep your seats, ladies and gentlemen,” never forgot it.

However, his influence and accomplishments reached far across a wide spectrum. He was deeply involved in music and music education at local, state and national levels. Yet, while his talent, influence and stature in music and music education was a major part of who he was -- indeed, many of his contributions to community, indeed, the world, originated there -- it did not necessarily define him. He was a man of many interests and passions, a unique blend of talent and personality, and a living example of commitment, excellence and morality.

Most of all, he was a good friend to all. He was genuinely interested in people; he was able to see the potential in everyone and had a tremendous talent for showing them the potential within themselves and how to achieve it; and while he set high standards, he led -- and lived -- by example. 

The man “walked the walk.”

Farewell, Godspeed, thank you.


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