The impact professors of SUNY Oneonta have on their students is often profound and inspiring. On Saturday, March 28, Rock to Cure, The Music Industry Club and WONY came together to honor the late Dr. Orlando Legname, also known by many as “Dr. Rock Star.” His passing last December has left a void in the hearts of both the faculty and students.
The memorial show featured a diverse bill of both touring acts and student talent. Punk-rock quartet Sorority Noise headlined the night with support from Crying, The Traditional, Naughty and Myron James. The event attracted over 80 show goers and the response was nothing but positive. The crowd was clearly moved by the atmosphere of the night, and you couldn’t make a pass through the crowd without finding someone smiling ear to ear.
The efforts of Rock to Cure, The Music Industry Club and WONY have made it possible through tabling and the memorial show itself to make a generous donation. The donation will be given to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, where Dr. Legname was taken care of in his time of distress. Those who feel moved that were unable to attend the event may donate to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care if they so wish. There will also be a departmental memorial put on by the staff in the next academic year.
The show could not have been made possible without the tremendous effort and support of the students, as well as support from the faculty. Dr. Legname was truly a rock star in disguise, and a man of many achievements. His musical abilities, wealth of knowledge and charisma left an impact on both students current and past, and his loving faculty.
Dr. Rock Star, your legacy will continue to live on in all of us, and you will be missed immensely.