Rockdale,TX Class of 1965
Big Blue Band Reunion - June 22, 2013
RHS Big Blue Band Reunion
The third Rockdale Big Blue Band reunion will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Apache Pass Ice House, according to former RHS band director Jim Perry. “The Classes of 1983, 1988 and 1993 will hold reunions at the same place and time,” Perry said. “Bill Grusendorf and Don Thoede (also former band directors) will be there.”
Rockdale Reporter - June 13, 2013
RHS Big Blue Band
The third Rockdale Big Blue Band reunion will be held Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Apache Pass Ice House, according to reunion director and former RHS band director Jim Perry.
“We will officially start at 4 p.m. but if we can find a large enough venue, it would be great to meet earlier for lunch and talk. The Classes of 1983, 1988 and 1993 will hold their reunions at the same place and time as well, so it will be a large gathering,”
Perry said. “Bill Grusendorf and Don Thoede (also former band directors) will be there and we want to see everyone, so please put this on your calendar.
Musical Memories - Reporter/Mike Brown
That’s three decades of Big Blue Band directing excellence from left in top left photo as Bill Grusendorf (1957-72),
Don Thoede (1972-81) and Jim Perry (1981-85) got together with scores of their former musicians Saturday at the Apache Pass Ice House. Above right: Grusendorf had some special visitors. Nancy Baggett Coleman
(L) and Rosemary Cumbie Lawrence were twirlers (then called majorettes) for his marching bands between 1962 and 1965 and (below left) Dr. John M. Weed III was drum major in 1962 and 1963.
LOTS OF ‘CLASS’ - Rockdale High School graduates from the 1950s through the 1990s gathered in one place Saturday, the Apache Pass Ice House. A much-anticipated Big Blue Band reunion was timed to coincide with class reunions from 1983, 1988 and 1993.
Below, from left former Big Blue Band director Don Thoede greets Ricky Roe and former director Jim Perry catches up on old times with Coy Kouba. Also present was Bill Grusendorf, who directed the band from 1957 to 1972. He hired Thoede, who then hired Perry.
Photos by Mike Brown - Rockdale Reporter