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Hitting the right notes

‘Parade’ concert shows off RISD band programs


Top photo, RHS Jazz Band; bottom row (L-R) Jon Machac, Beth Davis, Luke Schweitzer; second row, Jessica Juarez, Travis King; back row, Melanie Ibarra, Autumn Davenport, Seth Smith, Tyler Rodriguez. Top photo, RHS Jazz Band; bottom row (L-R) Jon Machac, Beth Davis, Luke Schweitzer; second row, Jessica Juarez, Travis King; back row, Melanie Ibarra, Autumn Davenport, Seth Smith, Tyler Rodriguez. Young Rockdale musicians were in tune with the past, present and future Thursday evening in the annual RHS Parade of Bands spring concert in the school auditorium.

Every RISD band, from the sixth-grade beginner band to the Big Blue Band From Tigerland performed and there were a couple of special numbers.

Jim Perry, who directed the Big Blue Band from 1981 to 1985, and was junior-high director for most of the nine previous years, returned to direct the seventheighth grade band in a piece named for him and written in his honor.

“Perry’s Legacy” was written by Darrington White, a longtime friend and current assistant director in the Malakoff ISD.

It was the first time the piece, an up-tempo march, has ever been played publicly.


Middle, Faculty Jazz Combo (LR) Adrian Acevedo, Lee Thomason, Lance Walker. Middle, Faculty Jazz Combo (LR) Adrian Acevedo, Lee Thomason, Lance Walker. “We thought that would be a nice way to honor Jim,” Adrian Acevedo, Big Blue band director said.

Perry returned the favor, bringing a long a commemorat ive baton given to him almost three decades ago by a group of RHS students who had Perry as their band director seven consecutive years.

Perr y presented the baton to Lance Walker, current RJH director. “It’s too big for me, but it’s just about Lance’s size,” Perry joked. Walker is 6-10.

About two dozen of Perry’s former band students attended and were recognized in the audience.

Walker, Acevedo and trumpet virtuoso Lee Thomason, a 1981 RHS graduate, teamed up for a rousing jazz rendition of a Herbie Hancock number and drew a standing ovation from the crowd of several hundred.



Bottom, Jim Perry (R) presents Walker with baton once bestowed on him by an RHS band. Bottom, Jim Perry (R) presents Walker with baton once bestowed on him by an RHS band.

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