LOOKING BACK: Formative years of the Crestview High School band

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM.

At the same festival in 1940, Thompson took an incredible risk and entered the band — which still should have been in class “D” — in the highest level, class "A." He believed the Crestview students’ talent and work ethic would offset their inexperience. The band competed against the larger, more experienced Pensacola band and again received another “First Division” rating.

The Crestview High School Band and its incredible young bandmaster’s fame gained attention from many throughout the state, including the administration of the Leon County School District in Tallahassee.

Thompson was hired to start and organize the Leon High School Band in Tallahassee. Thus after only two years, Crestview’s band, through firmly established, was without a leader.

Several directors followed Thompson — none staying more than a few years until the long reign of David Cadle, today Crestview's mayor. Perhaps most notable was Virginia Ferdon, the Crestview High School band’s only female director, who served 1942-1946.

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