Years ago when I was in high school, girls did not have the choice to participate in both band and athletics and since my feet could move faster than my fingers could play an instrument, I didn’t really have a lot of choice in the matter. However, how I remember Mike Brady’s band, the Indian Band From Peanut Land!
Those were the days when the stadium lights were real lights, you know, the kind you could turn on and off and when that old stadium darkened, we knew we were in for a treat with twirlers twirling fire or the band marching with lights on their shoes, and oh my, how that band could play. Forget tapping your toes, those kids could make you want to stand up and dance!!
From Kawliga to When The Saints Go Marching In to the Comanche Indian Fight Song, those band members played their hearts out, and I can still remember how proud I was of them at away games when others were able to hear them as well.
I can also remember band director Mike Brady. In fact, I can completely picture him sitting on a lower bleacher, one cowboy boot behind the other and spitting tobacco (Yes, you could do that back then.) as he watched the game during a break.
Unfortunately, since I didn’t travel with the band, I have no fun band stories to tell so here’s hoping some of you will jump into the comment boxes below and leave us with some of your own band memories…whether you played with this group or not!
(If you read my blog about the old track and field, this photo will show you that it really was a real field once upon a time. Also, please notice how small the band is in this photo and then realize these kids played as if there were three times that number out there performing with them!