Same tune, second verse

Big Blue Band members to gather Saturday for reunion

Theme from the 1962 movie became anthem for Rockdale Tiger football team that year. Theme from the 1962 movie became anthem for Rockdale Tiger football team that year. Okay, former Big Blue Band members, if you ever wanted to get with your old bandmates and play “Exodus” again this might be your chance.

The second RHS Band Reunion is set for Saturday at the Patterson Civic Center and former director Jim Perry says a special invitation has been extended.

“We have been offered the use of a band hall, drums and some of the larger school instruments,” Perry said.

“If we want to knock the rust off the old horns and play ‘Exodus’ again, let me know,” Perry asked those planning to attend.

There has already been some interest expressed in “Exodusing” on the reunion’s Facebook page.

R EU N ION—T he r eu n ion gets under way at 1 p.m. in the air-conditioned Patterson Civic Center. “It will continue until ‘whenever’,” Perry said.

Perry and former directors Don Thoede and Bill Grusendorf plan to attend.

Perry said donations will be accepted to cover the $425 cost of renting the venue. A concession stand will be open, staffed by the Matinee Musical Club.

The first reunion, in August, 2010, grew out of Facebook conversations Perry had with former band members.

“We decided to set a time and place and see if anybody showed up,” Perry said.

A crowd estimated at 350 came to The Ranch during the afternoon and a similar crowd attended that evening.

Organizers estimated about 450 different persons attended one or both of the sessions.

EXODUS—Grusendorf began to play the then-popular “Theme from Exodus” in the fourth quarter of football games in the fall of 1962 when opposing crowds began to leave with their teams trailing the state finalist Rockdale Tigers.

The piece became not only an anthem for that year but evolved into a tradition and then a legend.

It has become the single most iconic piece of music performed by Rockdale bands.

Grusendorf was presented a rare, original 1962 vinyl record album of the “Exodus” soundtrack at the 2010 reunion.

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