2012 - Christopher Alan Cates

posted Jul 14, 2012, 8:31 AM by Largo Gold   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 2:25 PM by LBOG AA ]
The Largo Band of Gold Alumni Association has announced that Christopher Alan Cates is the winner of the sixth annual Robert R. Cotter Memorial Scholarship. Chris is the son of Ed and Tammy Cates of Bossier City, Louisiana and is the great nephew of Judge Joseph Donahey (Staff, 1973-1980).

Chris is completing his senior year at Parkway High School in Bossier City where he has been a member of the Pride of Pantherland Marching Band and lead trumpet in the Wind Ensemble. He has been a member of the Golf Team, Baseball Team, Mu Alpha Theta, ASTRA, and has been President of the 4-H Parkway High Club. In the community he has worked as a volunteer for 4-H, Toys for Tots, Shreveport K-9 Search and Rescue, and the Glen Retirement System Canine Comrades. Chris has been a student tutor and trumpet tutor, and played the trumpet for Full Military Honors Funerals. He has also participated in the St. Judes Going the Distance Walk, volunteered at the Special Olympics Polar Plunge, and coordinated a blood drive for a seriously ill girl. Chris plans on attending Centenary College of Louisiana and major in Biology/Pre-Med. He later plans to attend LSUS Medical School in Shreveport to complete his Medical Degree. 

2015 Update.  Chris is in his senior year as a biology major at Centenary College.  He has completed research at Texas A&M and has just been hired as a student worker at a pediatric research lab.  Chris is still active in music, playing in the orchestra and brass ensemble.  He is Vice President of his fraternity and was active in freshmen orientation this year.  After graduation Chris plans on continuing to work at the lab and then attend graduate school to become a physician's assistant. 

2017 Update. Chris has completed his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at Centenary College. He continued his involvement in the local youth orchestra and Greek life. He was also a member of the Golf Team. Moving forward, Chris is now pursuing a second degree, this time in Respiratory Therapy. After completing that program in two years, Chris will either move on to Medical or Physician's Assistant School.


The Robert R. Cotter Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating high school senior who most exemplifies the teachings of former Band of Gold Director Robert Cotter. This will be the tenth scholarship awarded. Starting in 2012 the scholarship amount was increased from $1000 to $2000 due to the rising costs of a college education. Applications for the 2013 scholarship will be available on this website in December. Applicants must be a current member of the Largo High School instrumental music program or be related to a Band of Gold graduate or staff member. The scholarships are funded entirely from donations and the sale of Band of Gold merchandise. The Band of Gold Alumni Association has been approved as a charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service, so donations are tax deductible. 

Those interested in supporting the Scholarship Fund are urged to click on the 'Donate' button to give through PayPal or send donations to:

Robert R. Cotter Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 432
West Palm Beach, FL  33402