Logan honors Elkins

Former Logan High School band director Don Elkins, second from left, was presented a key to the City of Logan during Logan’s Tuesday night council meeting. Picture is, from left, Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti, Elkins, WV Freedom Festival Queen Lindsay Ellis and Teen WV Freedom Festival Queen Haley Mullins. Both queens were also crowned during the meeting.

A legendary local band director who took his students across the United States during his tenure as band director at Logan High School was honored on Tuesday night at city hall by being given the key to the city.

These days the amiable Don Elkins is mostly known as the backbone of the Kiwanis Club of Logan, an organization he has been a strong and proud member of for four decades. But he was also a vital part of the business community in downtown Logan for 40 years and he made a mark that may never be matched as a marching band director.

Elkins became a band director in the early 1960s and in 1964 took his band to the Miss America pageant to perform. In 1965 the LHS Marching Band performed in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York as well as the state fair. In 1967 the band performed at the World Expo in Canada. In 1969 they participated in the parade for the Orange Bowl.

“You are one of a kind,” said Logan Mayor Serafino Nolleti who became very emotional and had to fight back tears when he recalled his own background with the legendary band director.

“I watched the LHS band at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” Nolletti said, noting he was about ten years old at the time and decided he wanted to be in that band someday.

When he was in the sixth grade Elkins became his teacher.

“Being in that band made me a better person,” the Mayor said, asking Don Elkins and his wife Eleanor and son Chuck to step up to the front of the meeting room where he was presented with the key to the city.

“This is the highest honor we can give you,” he said.

Elkins said he was on cloud nine as he had been honored at another event earlier last weekend. “I came to Logan at the right time and it was the right place and I met the right people. I am honored.”

Elkins said his wife Eleanor was another reason why so many good things had come to him in his lifetime.

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