Band Director Ellis receives Key to the City of Anderson, S.C.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Eddie Ellis, Director of BandsORANGEBURG – Eddie Ellis, director of bands at S.C. State, recently received the Key to the City of Anderson, S.C.

Ellis received the honor this past spring after providing the keynote address at the Fourth Annual Scholarship Banquet hosted by the Anderson County Chapter of the SC State University National Alumni Association (SCSUNAA).

The City of Anderson is the county seat of Anderson County, S.C., and is located two hours north of Atlanta, Ga., and two hours south of Charlotte, N.C., in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Anderson County was named an “All-America City” in 2000 by the National Civic League, and the city has a population of 25,500.

So, how does it feel to have the “run” of a small city?

“It feels good,” said Ellis, who is entering his fourth year as SC State’s band director. “It’s the first time I have ever received the key to a city. It’s a great honor.”

Ellis attended the Anderson banquet to share experiences of being in a band, and to solicit support from area alumni and supporters to recruit more students from the Upstate to join SC State’s “world famous” Marching 101 Band.

“This past year, Upstate students made up less than five percent of the Marching 101,” he said. “The incoming freshman class has ten to 15 prospective band members from the Upstate, representing Spartanburg, Union and Anderson.”