On November 29 a longtime member of the Bandit Lites family, Sam Harden, passed away. Sam started with Bandit Lites in 1994 on his first tour, Brooks & Dunn. Very early in his time at Bandit Sam became the lighting director for Lord of the Dance, a position he would hold for 15 years. On breaks Sam would do short runs with other acts, and there he expanded his network of friends. On the road many people came to love and respect the man affectionately referred to as “Old Skool.”
Sam spent the last couple of years on Toby Keith’s tours, and his free time fishing, playing golf and watching football. Sam was a dedicated family man and deeply loved his family, for whom he dedicated his life.
“Sam was above all else a wonderful human being,” said Bandit chair, Michael T. Strickland. “Those who knew Sam loved him for his even temper, kind heart and cool demeanor. He was always a calming force on any group of people he was with. I could talk for hours about his tremendous skill set in the work place, his huge array of friends and his phenomenal success, but everyone knows that. It was his heart that touched us all so deeply. Sam will be missed by the industry as a whole and by the people at Bandit forever. Heaven is a little better now.”
Sam leaves behind his beloved family: wife Ronei and children Seth and Savannah.