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Hayes, former Vanguard director, dies

Hayes, former Vanguard director, dies
Hayes, former Vanguard director, dies
Ben Hayes (click for larger version)

Longtime Corydon Central High School band director Ben Hayes died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at his home. He was 60.
‘He was gregarious,’ said Kevin Trobaugh, a fellow teacher at CCHS who assisted Hayes with the Vanguard for many years. ‘He was very outgoing ‘ You didn’t have to worry about having a good time’ when with Hayes.
One of Trobaugh’s favorite memories of Hayes is sharing the stage at Hayswood Theatre in Corydon when the two men played the role of the wicked stepsisters in ‘Cinderella.’
Hayes was also ‘a talented musician,’ Trobaugh recalled.
Hayes was the director at CCHS from 1979 to 2005, when he retired to spend more time with his family, including his wife, Joyce, daughter and son-in-law, Brittany and John Koenig, and son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Michelle Hayes. The family has since expanded to include five grandchildren.
As the Vanguard director, Hayes accepted two invitations for the band to march in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day parade and they led the Electric Light Parade at Disney World in Florida two times. Another year, the band went on a cruise to the Bahamas and performed at Universal Studios in Florida, and they have marched in the Pegasus Parade in Louisville.
The Vanguard became a staple at the Indiana State School Marching Association’s state competition in Indianapolis, advancing to state in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2003.
Gary Crisp, Hayes’ counterpart at North Harrison High School, said he met Hayes about 20 years ago
‘He never met a stranger,’ Crisp said. ‘He was an animated, jovial person ‘ who always had a smile on his face.’
Crisp said Hayes was ‘respectful and kind’ to the Marching Cougars band and its staff.
And while selling band shoes for a brief time after his retirement from teaching, Hayes would travel to the Marching Cougars’ band camp to measure students’ feet.
‘He would sit around and watch the band, and we’d ask him for his opinion’ of the Marching Cougars’ show, Crisp said.
With yesterday’s snow storm, Trobaugh recalled another ‘trait’ of Hayes.
‘He always picked the hottest time for band camp and the wettest days for contests,’ he said. ‘It seems only fitting that his funeral would come at a time like this.’
Hayes’ funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m., Central Time, today (Wednesday) at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, Ky.
A memorial service to be held in Corydon is being planned.