Hitting the right notes
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.
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.