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Renowned Baton Twirling Coach Brooks Going Passes Away

May 8th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Baton Twirlers In The News

The baton twirling community has been saddened by the passing of Brooks Going. Brooks was a legend in our activity, coaching many champions over decades. I remember Brooks in the 1970s as the coach who taught amazingly difficult rolls to his students. He helped many competitors along their paths to championship titles, in a variety of baton twirling organizations.

Brooks passed away in Florida at the age of 71 on April 29, 2010. Services celebrating his life are scheduled for May 15, 2010, 1:30 pm, at Jennings Funeral Home in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

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    I remember Brooks teaching my daughters class in the early 70″s at a studio in Worth, Illinois – even then he was fantastic and my daughter remembers him and she was a small child

  • Gloria Toney

    I am so terribly sorry for you great loss!

    You will be my prayers as will as Brooks.

    With heartfelt support Gloria

  • Bri

    I took lessons from mr brooks months before his passing and i deeply miss him r.i.p mr brooks.

  • Pamela Tallant formerly Wood

    I will always be forever indebted to Brooks. He was one of my private teachers along with LeeAnn and Gloria. All of the hard work and extensive demands he would make on me… from the suggestions of taking a hollowed out thin pipe a little thicker than regulation baton and fill it to weight it down to build up strength on my fingers for rolls… all culminated in my winning Little Miss Majorette 1976 at both the state level and Nationals which were held at Disney World in orlando and even dancing on stage at Disney World. He was demanding… but he could afford to be. He was the best and he only had time for those who willing to put forth the time, effort and dedication.

    The Baton World lost an angel when it lost you Brooks… watch your hands…. and one final salute.

  • Pamela Tallant formerly Wood

    I would love to hear from any of the other “Goings Girls” that are still out there

    • Stephanie Phillips Stockstill

      Brooks coached me from the age of 10 to 23. He was a very special person in my life.

  • Charlotte Johnson

    I too was coached by Brooks. He was a patient and kind teacher. Passionate about the art of twirling. He taught me a lot about rolls and form. Gosh, that was so long ago. It’s great to see that there are so many other people that he positively impacted!

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