Sticking With Tradition

“…creating the musical traditions for band students in the future.”

One of the great lessons we all learned from our experiences as members of ‘The Pride of Pearland’ was what tradition means to a community and to the school experience. This scholarship will hopefully play its own small part—a spark if you will—to creating the musical traditions for band students in the future. We all never know what the results of our efforts here can be, but if the future teachers we support through our humble efforts share their own love of music in the way it was shared with us, the world will be a richer place for it. Traditions matter…here’s to tradition—old and new.

Pearland Band Alumni—picking up their instruments again to perform at JAM with the BAND ‘21 night October 8, 2021. GO OILERS! (photo courtesy of the Pearland HS Band Facebook group)

Remembering Those Days

— “I dare say that many of the people marching in that B&W film from 1972 have seen their own kids compete through the years”

The effort has begun to get all of the old marching shows up on YouTube. See: Pearland Band Alumni. The first one available from the Fall of 1972 was so much fun to see. It’s the one and only in black and white. An interesting thing about that year was, unbeknownst to us, they were going to choose one band from each Region to compete in a newly created UIL State Marching Contest. After seeing all the bands perform, it was announced that little ole us from PHS had been chosen! We were exuberant! The contest ended up not happening, and I don’t know the inaugural year for it — it was after my time. Through the years I’ve seen several of the programs I teach for compete — Even traveling to San Antonio to see my niece and nephew compete with their school. I dare say that many of the people marching in that B&W film from 1972 have seen their own kids compete through the years as well as doing like we all do — go to a football game to watch the half-time show. Who doesn’t want their family being a part of it all — there was just nothing like it!

Retrieving vids and visiting 2/9/20. Jack and me “the survivors!” ; – )