‘Former band director praises reunion effort

Dear editor,

My wife, Joan, and I were in Rockdale last Saturday for the Rockdale Big Blue Band reunion and it was fantastic.

Over 350 Big, Blue Band exes were there and it was almost like old times. I saw and chatted with many of my ex-students (and some I did not speak with only because there just was not enough time) and relived the days when Bill Grusendorf, Jim Perry, and I were their band directors.

I was told stories that I remember well, and I was told some things that I did back then that I swear I did not do!

After all, it was about 30 years ago when I left Rockdale.

I just want all of Rockdale, and especially my ex-band students, to know that those days Joan and I spent in Rockdale, and those students that we taught will always be very special to us.

I hope all of them continue to remember the wonderful times we had.

I especially want to thank Mike Brown, Bill Cooke, and The Rockdale Reporter for all the publicity that was given to our band back then.

You guys are great. Long live the Rockdale Big Blue Band.

Don Thoede, Ex Big Blue Band Director

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