Delaware State University
Assistant Band Director Lenny Knight Passes Away


Lenny Knight, who died Tuesday, 03/14/17, leads his Dover High musicians in the playing of the national anthem
at the 2013 DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game. (Delaware State News file photo)

Mr. Lenny Knight, age 46, was a fixture in directing Dover High School’s band for 15 years and spurred on the award-winning Rolling Thunder Drumline at his alma mater. He left in 2015 to become an assistant band director at Delaware State University. When he unexpectedly passed away on 03/14/17, the news was announced to the DSU Band by former DSU Director of Bands, Randolph J. Johnson, who mentored Mr. Knight when he was a student in the 1990s and later worked with him. Johnson spoke at a meeting for band members on campus Wednesday afternoon, 3/15/17, that included available counselors and school officials. Some Dover High School students also attended.

“My message was that the pain will never go away, but if he touched you in life, even though he’s physically not here any more, he will always be in your heart,” Mr. Johnson said. Click Here for More Information about Mr. Knight.

The sousaphone section of the Band took a special group photo to honor the memory of their former teacher and friend.

L-R: Joshua Reserve, Jorge Vega - Other names to be added.

Included in the above photo are Joshua Reserve and Jorge Vega, Alumni of the East Orange Unified Marching Band. Other alumni in the DSU Band include: Nneka Ajaghanna, Dancer; Neil Davis, Trumpet Section Leader; Desmond Drake, Trumpet; Amanda George, Mellophone; Adnett Tomlinson, Saxophone Section Leader; Natalie Tomlinson, Baritone; and Dominique Turnage, Percussion (Cymbals). You can see most of them HERE.

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