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ALAN G. FETTERMAN Alan G. Fetterman, 79, of Palm City, FL, passed away November 11, 2013 at Hospice of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, FL. Alan was born in Berwick, PA and was an Air Force veteran. He received his master's degree in music from Columbia University in New York. He resided in the Palm City area since 1997, moving to the area from Miami. Prior to retiring, he was a music director for over 30 years with the Miami-Dade County school system. After retiring, he remained active in music and served for several years as conductor for the Stuart Community Concert Band. He was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stuart. Alan is preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Donna R. Fetterman. He is survived by his brothers, David R. Fetterman of Mount Joy and Robert E. Fetterman of New Tripoli, PA. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Thursday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Stuart, FL with Pastor David Albers officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart, FL. Online guest book may be signed at www.heavencalled.com.


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Published in TC Palm on Nov. 16, 2013.
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November 6, 2014
What a band director, instructor, and musician. He taught with precision and demanded excellence. Of which, "WE" his band, Miami Palmetto Marching Band KNEW we had to give. He was dedicated to making us disciplined and quality musicians. We respected him highly. He was the best!!!!

Now that my daughter is in band I find myself reminiscent of the heat, the hard work, the drills, "Sir YES Sir!" and seeing him standing on the directors podium watching over us. There will never be another Mr. Alan Fetterman.

He will be Greatly missed by all those lives he touched.

Sincerely,
Sunny Jordan
Sunsurae Jordan
June 24, 2014
Mr. Fetterman was my Jazz Band director at Miami Killian Sr. High. I was "recruited" out of my keyboard class because no one in Marching Band could play the piano. I still remember joining the Jazz Band that would receive Excellents at state competition for the 1990-1991 school year and I still remember him telling me to "stop noodling" on the piano when it wasn't time to play. He was a very kind man and very passionate about teaching music. His influence was pivotal in helping me become a successful working musician.
Carlos Pepin
May 27, 2014
found this in my Chatonette scrapbook....
Diane Selken
May 27, 2014
Oh my gosh! I am just now seeing this (5/25/2014). SO many wonderful memories flood into my mind. Someone posted pictures from the Stage Band on Facebook. BEST BAND EVER! Mr. Fetterman was THE MAN. 'Neath the Golden Sun now shining..... RIP, friend. Flag Corps/Chatonettes Class of 1977
Diane Selken
February 23, 2014
Mr. Fetterman and his dear wife will always be in my heart and my memory as my best teacher and friends. joe moore class of 1966 outh dade high. Redland Jr high. trumpet .
joe moore
February 23, 2014
Mr. Fetterman and his dear wife will always be in my heart and my memory as my best teacher and friends. joe moore class of 1966 outh dade high. Redland Jr high. trumpet .
joe moore
February 4, 2014
Best to Mr. Fetterman's friends and family. I was a band student of his as a teenager and am still an active musician today. He is much appreciated!
rudy t.
January 3, 2014
A Facebook page has been set up in Mr. Fetterman's honor: https://www.facebook.com/AlanGFetterman

Please feel free to post comments and pictures. His legacy will live one.
Facebook.com /AlanGFetterman
December 26, 2013
Mr. Fetterman was my high school band director. He gave us a great experience by taking the band to Hawaii in 1976-77.
I enjoyed being one of his students.
He and Mrs. Fetterman were great people.
Cecelta Madry
December 12, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the family of the late Alan G. Fetterman.

I was a member of Mr. Fetterman's first band in Hawaii, the University of Hawaii Laboratory School, also known as University High School (UHS). I was recruited from outside the UHS system, being told that Mr. Fetterman was an excellent music director who previously had an outstanding marching band program in Florida. They said that Mr. Fetterman was hired by the University of Hawaii to help build a band for an experimental music project.

These representations proved to be true. When I entered the UHS band as a sophomore, we were playing grade 2-3 music, a grade significantly lower than what I had been playing in the outside middle school. By my senior year, under Mr. Fetterman, we were at grade 5-6, the highest level of difficulty. That year we traveled to Washington D.C. to perform for Congressional leaders.

A lesser known fact is that Mr. Fetterman was the de facto original leader of the University of Hawaii Marching Band. This is according to Dr. Richard Lum, who was the band director of the University of Hawaii at the time. Dr. Lum told me that he had been asked by the University of Hawaii Athletic Department to create a marching band for half-time performances like the major universities on the mainland. Dr. Lum said that all of his attention was focused on running the University of Hawaii Music Department and his well-known Concert Band, so he asked Mr. Fetterman for assistance. For the next three years, Mr. Fetterman did all the work required to get the band on the field and up to Athletic Department expectations. It should be mentioned that for those of us who received partial tuition waivers for playing in the marching band, this explains why the money came from the Athletic Department. Meanwhile, Dr. Lum says that he is especially grateful to Mr. Fetterman for having tirelessly worked to put the program together entirely without pay. Today, the University of Hawaii Marching Band has reached parity with the mainland university marching bands. This is unquestionably a part of Mr. Fetterman's legacy.

There is another part of his legacy here in Hawaii. Two of his former students formed a band instrument repair shop. This repair shop trained
a third person. Today, though they are competitors, their three shops provide most (perhaps up to 90%)of the band instrument repair services for the State of Hawaii.

As for me, suffice it to say that Mr. Fetterman was my father figure during my high school years. Later, when I graduated from law school, Mr. and Mrs. Fetterman surprised me with a congratulatory card. For the past 40 years, there was never a day when I didn't think about them.

Mahalo and Aloha to my dear friends.

Robin Leong
UHS Class of 1973
Robin Leong
December 10, 2013
Alan and Donna Fetterman

Together at last
Melody and harmony
Early, never late!

Your grace and kindness shall continue to live on in all of us.
Aloha and Mahalo nui loa,

Kathy Watanabe Tyler '76
University Laboratory School
Honolulu, Hawaii
December 9, 2013
Alan was a great teacher and a fine man. He loved to teach children how to play music and see the smile on their faces when they did a great job.

Loretta Krause
Principal, University Laboratory School
December 9, 2013
It was only many years -maybe decades- after high school graduation, looking back on our time at the Lab School with my classmates, that realized just how lucky we were to have had a musical education of the caliber given to us by Mr. Fetterman. Such grace! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Fetterman for giving so much of your spirit and love of music to us. I know you both are making beautiful music somewhere with big smiles on your faces! Aloha and Mahalo!
-Carrie Ogami '76, University Laboratory School
December 9, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. Fetterman will be missed by their many students. It is unfortunate that we have to lose people to cause us to think about all of the good their lives brought us. Some of my fondest memories at UH Lab school are from the times spent playing music with my classmates, which would not have been possible without Fettermans encouraging us to play together.
Rick Kam
December 9, 2013
Mr. Fetterman was my favorite among the many special teachers and wonderful characters who I was privileged to learn from at University Lab School.

He made a tremendous impact on me as well as many others, through his love of music and his insistence on excellence. He never allowed us to settle for less than our very best effort...and had such confidence in our ability to perform musical arrangements that we would never have imagined we were capable of. He took our music program (and us along with it) to new heights by never "dumbing down" the music he selected for us, and rearranging or charting music to compensate for our lack of numbers or depth in certain sections. Under his tutelage, we did well in Concert Band and Stage Band competitions against much larger and more established schools.

And all the while, there was so much laughter, fun, and learning going on.

God Speed Mr. Fetterman...I hope that somehow you know what an amazing legacy you've left behind - and the impact you made on so many young lives...including mine, those many years ago.



Kendys Ko Min
University Laboratory School
Class of 1976
December 8, 2013
Mr. Fetterman was one of my favorite teachers at University Lab School, he with Mrs Fetterman, brought laughter, discipline and humanity to our classes. Encouraging all the students to be their best, at whatever we attempted. Not being a basoonist, Mr. Fetterman worked with me to be part of a larger ensemble. The UHS band. He greeted us with a warm crooked smile, sparkle in his eye and humanity in his heart. Mr. Fetterman provided opportunities that could not be resisted and off we all went, up and beyond our expectations. "Good morning" was one of the sayings that I can still hear from both of the Fettermans. If the morning was going well, then let it continue to be good, if it was going poorly, then the Good morning was to usher in a better day. He will be missed by all and has had a significant impact on many of us.
Thank you for sharing his grace with us.
David Komeiji
December 8, 2013
Mr. Fetterman was an inspiration to those of us who played under his direction in band and orchestra. His love of music was infectious, and I know I am only one of very many who will miss him. Rest in Peace

Edward Carl Hylin
University Lab School (Honolulu)
Class of 1977
December 7, 2013
Mr. Fetterman was my band, orchestra and stage band director for just three short years (8th, 9th and 10th grades - 1973 to 1975) at University of Hawaii Lab School in Honolulu. But those three years - so long ago - have made an indelible impression on my life and who I am today. No different than so many of you who were lucky enough to have had him in your lives in Florida.

Mr. Fetterman taught me much more than music, stage presence or musicianship. He taught me that young people will rise to the level of your expectation if they respect you. He taught me self-worth and confidence...and to the dismay of many who I irk today with: "early is on time; on time is late."

I would not be the person I am today but for Mr. and Mrs. Fetterman. And I thank my lucky stars that they spent 3 short years in Honolulu. They showed us the world (all the way from Hawaii to Washington DC, Philadelphia, Majuro, Kwajelein, Ponpei and more!) and showed a belief in us that no one had done before. Amazing that one humble man has made such an impact on so many lives.

Thank you, Mr. Fetterman - and you, too, Mrs. Fetterman, for allowing us to be your kids. How tremendously lucky for us! I hope we did you proud.
Thank you thank you thank you.

Lia Shigemura
University Lab School (Honolulu)
Class of 1976
November 22, 2013
Mr. Fetterman impacted my life in so many ways...ways he did not know. He was a father figure to me..always encouraging me and seeing the best in my abilitites. I never thought I could lead a section of 30 clarinets! I cherish all the memories of trips and parades and competitions and yes, the hard work!! It helped me become who I am today and I am so grateful. Rest in peace Mr. Fetterman...now you really know how many you profoundly affected!!
Prayers of peace to your family...God bless.


Elyse Simpson Volpe
Clarinet-Section leader(86-87)
1984-1987
Elyse Simpson-Volpe
November 21, 2013
When I heard that Mr. Fetterman had passed I felt a great sadness come over me. This great man who was larger than life. Heck if you were a "Marching Panther" he was your life. Daily drills,
sectionals, "early is on time and on time is late", inspections,and Mrs. Fetterman greeting you on the buses in some Hawaiian language which I never did figure out. I was just glad when she would speak English so I could answer her and not get in trouble for being rude. Mr. Fetterman was my mentor as he never let me give up. This meant that I received many, many heavy sighs and the slow shaking of his head. How he did not lose it more often is a total mystery to me. But that was his strength. He cared and he made you care and work really hard. Some of those Summer practices were so hot but we all were out on that field counting and screaming "Line" or "guide right" "guide left" and we did it well because that is what he expected from us. He certainly showed us that he worked just as hard as us but we all know that he worked harder than anyone. He had more musical talent than any Band Director EVER , even if it was all done in some very loud flowery Hawaiian shirt.
Alan Fetterman: thank you for giving us all so much of your time, talent, care, and guidance in that usually quiet and strong manner that was uniquely you.
I think that Gods band just got better.
Amalie Swan
Class of 1979
Amalie Swan
November 21, 2013
Sorry to see a Palmetto Panther fall. My payers to friends and family.
Jeff Endriss
November 21, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I will always remember the great memories at Palmetto High during Marching band and all the great trips he took us on; especially Hawaii (Class of 1976)
Brian Firtell
November 21, 2013
1983 in Ireland. From Band Book
November 20, 2013
I am saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. Fetterman. Although I had him for only one year in 10th grade, his impact to my life was definite. I was in percussion (bass drum) 1984 to 1985 and still remember the drum cadences I learned from him. I remember our Superior rating in band competition, the many football game performances, and his sense of humor. I loved how he joked with the flute section and called them his "teapots". I am always telling my daughter about playing in the Orange Bowl parade and in the halftime show of the football game on New Years Eve 1986. Looking back, I regret having not returned to band for my junior and senior years. He was one of those teachers you remember. God bless you Mr. Fetterman.

-Class of 1987
Mark Morley
November 19, 2013
Ever since hearing the news of his passing, I have been trying to think of just the right words to express just how deeply Mr. Fetterman has affected my life and how honored I was to be one of "his" Marching Panthers. As I attend parades that my own children are in my first thought is normally one of, "Wow, that would have never been allowed in Mr. Fetterman's band."
As for occassion to have felt his wrath, ironically, that came for breaking the golden rule of "Early is on time, on time is late." It was a fateful trip to Disney when Jessica, Lori and I were late back to the bus holding everyone up...somehow I was elected the spokesperson of the group and when I received "the look" as we boarded the bus he turned to me and asked what I thought our punishment should be...never one to think on my feet, I managed to keep a subdued and seriousness as I replied, " I believe that you should make us come back from Epcot early tomorrow"which, to my delight, he found a fitting "punishment"...you see, Jessica and I had already been and had not been impressed. Funny thing was just about everyone had been bored and come back a little early. To this day I'm sure he knew my reasoning but let me feel we had gotten one over on him.
Mr. Fetterman had his gruff, serious exterior but for me, I had no problem seeing through to the genuine caring he had for each and every member.
I will always be proud to have been in "his" band and look forward to one day marching beside him once again.

Clarinet-Band/Flag Corps-Marching Band, 1983-1986
Laura Tyler Morseman
November 19, 2013
Like many of you, I felt compelled to include some thoughts here. Specifically, I wanted to mention three ways in which Alan Fetterman, of blessed memory, influenced my life:


1. While there were certainly more talented performers than me in his department, Mr. Fetterman continually raised the bar for my composing and arranging skills. At the end of my sophomore year, he demanded not one, but two full jazz band orchestrations - deliverables that I had neither been trained nor tasked to produce before (particularly at the age of 15). Up until this time, Mr. Fetterman had either written or arranged these himself or paid professionals to do the same. ??

To my dismay, and at the beginning of each subsequent semester, the number of arrangements and compositions increased. Despite my protests and an ever-increasing workload in other classes, myriad stage band/musical theater performances, and weekly UM School of Music Lessons/Classes - he would hear nothing of it. He simply demanded more and better arrangements.

??At the time, the workload versus the reward seemed so disproportionate. Why on earth he demanded so much extra work from me was never really clear - until many years later in my life.


2. Mr. Fetterman used to continually chastise me (and others) that “we had our heads in the sand” with regard to the music that we listened to.

Admittedly, my classical piano training was counterbalanced by Rock, Fusion Jazz and Top 40. ??But Fetterman knew better: I was missing out on the greats including Miles, Coltrane, Bird, Tatum, Monk, Mingus, Blakey, Dizzy, and Armstrong. ??

Mangione, Meatlof and Maynard didn't cut it with him. He was a traditionalist and while he never sat me down and hipped me to the masters, he let me know that I would have to shed by listening to (and not just performing) the real deal.

??To this day, I am not only studying, but I am producing records of some of the more obscure gems by the great performers and composers of his day. I think Alan Fetterman would like that.


3. Now, as a GRAMMY Producer/AFM Engineer/BMI Composer, I get it. Though he seldom smiled or had a good word to say (at least to me), I know that I'm the better for it.

??Why?

Because his legacy of governing oneself with dignity and pride courses through my veins on a daily basis. My watchwords: ”Deeds - Not Words” are a direct descendent of his “Early Is On Time…” moniker.

Perhaps I happen to (pardon the pun) “mix” a bit more light and laughter into my daily studio routine than he did. Maybe with his office door closed, he actually exhibited a lighter side? I hope for his sake, he did. We must have driven him crazy at times.

All of this notwithstanding, I am fairly comfortable presuming he would have agreed that “being pleasant never hurt anyone in the music business”. ??For that lesson, I'm grateful.

Rest in peace, Mr. Fetterman. ??

Your passing is a fitting "fine" to a life that touched so many. ??

Thank you.

David Ruttenberg
Jazz Band I
Keyboards, Arranger, Composer
1978-1981
www.davidruttenberg.com
David Ruttenberg
November 19, 2013
Being the younger sister of a band geek, I went into Palmetto with a healthy fear of Mr. Fetterman. My first day in his band class he called me out “Hakimipour, put your clarinet down!” You see, I had a tendency to point my clarinet in the air when I played. I obediently pointed it down but over the course of class it kept drifting back upward. Finally at the end of class he barked out “Hakimipour, see me after class!” I was terrified. After class he made me wait, he went into his office and shuffled some papers around. When he finally came out to talk to me I was ready to faint from fright. He quietly and grimly asked me “Hakimipour, is there a reason why you seem incapable of keeping your clarinet down?” I said that the reason I played clarinet was because of Benny Goodman, that he always played pointing in the air so that is how I learned how to play. I couldn't help it because when I pointed it down it didn't sound or feel right. I don't think he expected that answer, he turned away from me but not before I caught my very first glimpse of his now infamous little sideways smile. “Hakimipour, dismissed.” He never asked me to lower my clarinet again.

The second time I experienced that smile was during our first marching band inspection. I thought I had done everything white – my boots were polished, with brand new tassels; I had new gloves and had even ironed my flag. But when Mr. Fetterman came to my line in inspection he asked me to step forward. “Hakimipour, are you aware that you are required to be in uniform at all times?” I panicked, I thought I had everything covered. “Sir, Yes, Sir!” I replied. “Then, Hakimipour, can you please tell me why it is that your hat appears to be missing its dent?” I informed him that I had so much hair that it pushed the dent up. Mr. Fetterman again turned sideways and you could tell he was trying not to laugh. “Hakimipour, you may step back”. That was the moment I knew he wasn't the big scary man I had thought him to be.

It wasn't until I found out my family was moving to Chicago that I realized he actually believed in me. Having THIS man believe in me was perhaps the most impactful thing in my life to that point. I was heartbroken over having to move and the worst part was my new school did not have a flag corps. When I told Mr. Fetterman this news he quietly said “Well, maybe that is why you are going there, to make sure they get a flag corps.” So that is what I did, I went to my new band director and asked if I could start a flag corps. He didn't care what I did as long as I came up with the money and routines myself. So, using my Palmetto playbook we did every kind of fundraiser. I held training camp and auditions. We raised money for our own flags and uniforms. My new marching band never moved, they marched out onto the field in a block, turned to face the stands, played, and marched back off in a block. But my flag corps moved. I charted our movements across the field. I could not stand still after being in Fetterman's band.

Mr. Fetterman's belief in me gave me the confidence to believe in myself. At that point in my life there was no man that I respected more in the world. To this day – he still stands out as one of the most influential people I have ever known. I do not know how he managed to make such an impact on each and every person he met, but he truly did and I am eternally grateful for the short time I got to be in his band. It shaped my entire life.

Melanie Hakimipour
Concert Band: Clarinet 1983-1985
Marching Band: Flag Corps 1983-1985
Melanie Hakimipour
November 19, 2013
Just found out my band director from High School, Alan Fetterman, has passed away. Im really sad as I had dreamed of having a long conversation with him at some point about music, and his profound influence on me. He was the first major impact in my life in music. Mr. Fetterman put together an amazing program at Miami Palmetto High School, where he had several concert bands, a (350+ piece counting rifle squads and such) marching band, and an award winning jazz big band (Stage Band). He had a great school and a great parent based support system that was very organized in raising money. So as a result we had great equipment, lots of gigs and more touring opportunities than most high school band programs.

We played with the marching band in every orange bowl halftime show (or worked on the halftime show as stage help) and parades, many trips to Disney world, even Macy's. With the stage band, we gigged on average twice a month. Mostly Elks clubs and such, but what amazing opportunities to understand the art of gigging and playing with a big band. The band was amazing, and it gave me deep roots into the repertoire of 40s dance bands. We played great arrangements of songs like "Moon over Miami", "Moonlight Serenade", "Sing, Sing, Sing", and other popular standards from the 40s as well as a good bit of "real" Jazz (Basie, Duke, etc) for big band, and famous for our Andrews Sisters tribute.

Mr. Fetterman wrote out our charts, by hand, and gave me my first insight into music engraving and arranging. His charts were a lot of fun to play and pushed us to excellence. He also did many of the marching band arrangements and did all the field plotting for the halftime shows. He even engaged us in pretty experimental avant-garde situations, like an improvisational show with the entire marching band inside a new building over 7 floors of riding escalators. It was "interesting" to say the least lol. But it gave us insight that music is not always what you expect and there are borders to be crossed.

He pushed me harder than any teacher, and inspired me to become a musician with an understanding of what focused excellence can bring to music. I was grateful to have had the opportunities I did, like being student conductor of the 2nd concert band for a bit, and playing 1st tenor chair in the stage band for a few years, pushing me to learn to solo even when I was SOOOO clueless and really pretty terrible. He arranged for me a summer of private lessons with the guru of the University of Miami jazz program, Whit Sidener. I am sure they both were like Ohhhhh no, this kid is terrible! And having only started in 9th grade and without a lot of discipline yet, I am certain that would be accurate! But Mr. Fetterman saw how much I needed music and so he put me into a position of learning as much as possible in my short time of beginning music.

Thank you Alan Fetterman, your bright light changed my life and the lives of MANY of my friends who experienced you over your tenure at Miami Palmetto Sr. High School. I hope you are running a big band for the ol' man upstairs 2 days a week and playing drums and percussion with the best of the best on the other nights!

Hail to the chief!
Christopher Alpiar
November 18, 2013
"Early is on time, and on time is late." I still live by that rule today. Mr. Fetterman was a huge influence in my life. Band was my life in high school. He ruled with an iron fist, but a soft heart. I received the "look" too many times to count, but it was always nice when someone occasionally made him smile. We also remember Mrs. Fetterman always by his side. He cared for "his kids" and it showed. His guidance and support were what carried me through my high school years and beyond. He never let us settle for mediocre, it always had to be our best. I am a better person today because of him. He will be missed, but his memory will live on in his students. He will always be a part of me. Thank you Mr. Fetterman for all you have given me. God speed and March on. Mahalo. A hui kaua.

Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band
Class of 1978
Leslie Barter Proctor
November 18, 2013
I am sure I was the cause of many of his gray hairs, but if it wasn't for Mr. Fetterman I would never have played tuba... never have been a Marching Chief ... and my life may have been very different. Thank you for seeing the potential in me even when I didn't see it myself.

Heather S Gallagher class of 87
November 17, 2013
We are all better people for having known Mr. Fetterman!

As his student, Mr. Fetterman taught me vitally important lessons. There were the stated lessons written on the band room walls like "Early is on time and on time is late" but even more impactful were the unstated, life lessons such as excellence of character, respect towards others, leading by example, and striving for excellence.

I am personally grateful for the proud memories that were made under Mr. Fetterman's "superior" guidance. I am also thankful since I met my future wife while in band. My family and my life continue to be enriched daily by my association with this honorable man.

Mr. Fetterman was that ONE special teacher who made a profound and ongoing impact in my life. His memory will be cherished and shared.

Stephen Silverberg
Band Captain and Asst Drum Major, 1986
Percussion, 1984-86
Stephen Silverberg
November 17, 2013
It was an honor to have had Mr. Fetterman as my high school band director at Palmetto in 1978-1980. He is one of 3 teachers in my 19 years of schooling who will always be remembered. He taught so many of us about so much more than music and inspired so many of us to be better people. We can not say enough good things about him and Donna Fetterman. Our lives would not be complete without their input. He was loved by many and will be missed dearly.
Laura Durden
November 16, 2013
I treasure my memories of Mr. Fetterman and the three years I spent in his band. He made me feel like I could do anything I set my mind to and was always there if I needed him. He had such an incredible impact on my life and all the other kids that were fortunate enough to learn from him. I can't even imagine how many hours he worked each week preparing for our games, gigs, contest, fundraisers, trips, parades and everything else we did. I pray he knew how much we loved, admired and appreciated him. Our lives are infinitely better because of him.
The lessons I learned from him have carried me through every day of my life. I'm a better person because of the years I spent with him.
I'm forever grateful to you, Sir. God bless you and thank you. We will never forget you.

Chatonettes 1983-1986
Kelly Radman Morris
November 16, 2013
My condolences to Mr. Fetterman's family and friends... he will be remembered by many for years to come.
My memories of high school marching band are among the best of my life. Thankfully, Facebook has allowed us self-proclaimed "band geeks" to get back in touch and share pictures and memories of those amazing times.
I was never a musician, but when I saw the rifle and flag corps perform, I knew I had to join. We worked together with the musicians seamlessly as a family, and his band room was the best place to be. We were there whenever we had spare time, not just when we had to be there.
I still quote "early is on time, and on time is late", however I am not as good at following it as I was then! The pride we felt under Mr. Fetterman's leadership still gives me the best feeling when I recall those memories. We EARNED every superior rating we received, it wasn't just handed to us. He worked us hard, but we loved it. He taught us the meaning of responsibility and about giving your all for the group to attain excellence.
He had such a positive influence on me and I will remember and respect his memory always.
Rifle Corps and Marching Band, 1982-1984
Melissa "Missy" Resch Fleet
November 16, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with his family. May you find comfort in knowing how this man, Alan G. Fetterman, affected so many lives in a hugely positive way and was revered by all of us who had the honor of having known him.

Other than my father, Mr. Fetterman may have been the most influential man in my life. I spent countless hours with him, just the two of us, riding back and forth to stage band gigs or having lunch in his office. I got to see the more private version of this man and I was a true beneficiary of his wisdom.

What I learned from him still guides me today and I am grateful and blessed to have had him and Donna in my life.

WE are your children, Mr. Fetterman. God bless you, and thank you. You will truly be missed.

Andrew Shubert
Palmetto Class of 1983
Andrew Shubert
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