Jim Duren, the band director from Gordo who shared music with 1000s of kids for 39+ years

Jim Duren conducting at Oak Mountain
Jim Duren conducting at Oak Mountain. Photo via Melinda Ponder Goode

When you were navigating your awkward teenage years, did you play in band? I did, for four years, with Jim Duren as my band director, and the experience shaped so much about the person I became. On November 5, 2020, Mr. Duren passed away, and the memories have been flooding in. Keep reading to learn more about the life and legacy of this remarkable man who touched so many.

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What 7 Birmingham area high schools are doing for graduation

Waving goodbye to senior year like. šŸ‘‹ Photo via @hannah.katherine on Instagram

Even though things look a little different for the class of 2020, they still deserve to be celebrated, and many schools are keeping their commencement ceremonies on the calendar. Some local schools including Thompson and Vestavia have already held their graduation ceremonies. Hereā€™s what seven other Birmingham area schools have planned for graduation.

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