Henry "Buster" Smith, also known as Professor Smith, was an American jazz alto saxophonist and mentor to Charlie Parker. Smith was instrumental in instituting the Texas Sax Sound with Count Basie and Lester Young in the 1930s. Smith played saxophone for a range of musicians including Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Earl Hines, though in his career only recorded one solo album in 1959. Despite intending to release a follow-up in the 1960s, Smith was injured in an accident leading to a follow-up never eventuating.
We had looked at a number of areas before. We were fortunate enough to become involved with the Y and their dreams. This location was excellent and we just feel very fortunate we were able to work something out and secure the property.
It has always been the goal of the city to create a first-class facility that equals those across the state. We want to do it. We want to do it right. We want to have something that Orangeburg and the surrounding area can be proud of.
(My hope is) for it to be a first-class facility that will serve the citizens of Orangeburg and Orangeburg County while also being a facility that will attract teams from all over the Southeast to play on our fields, use our hotels and eat at our restaurants. (It) is going to be a definite economic benefit to the community.