McCoury boys receive hometown honor
Thursday, June 4, 2009
– Ronnie and Rob McCoury will receive Distinguished Alumni today during
commencement exercises at their alma mater, Susquehannock High School
in York County, Pa. The high school's alumni association annually
selects a Distinguished Alumni, and this year, because of the
McCoury brothers' achievements, they chose to honor both brothers. In addition to the honor of addressing the graduating class, they will receive plaques, and their photos, along with a
description of their achievements, will join a permanent display in the lobby of the high school.
The brothers have been members of the Del McCoury Band since their teens. This year, they launched a new phase in their joint career, stepping
out in a new configuration called The Travelin' McCourys.
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