CHS alumni band forms; first performance is Oct. 18

Alumni Band

Among founding members of the new Crestview High alumni band association are 1968-69 drum major Al Aplin and Graham Fountain, shown in his 1979 yearbook photo.

Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:53 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Former Crestview High School band members are sought to join the new Big Red Machine Alumni and Friends Association.

The non-profit group, organized by former Crestview High band members Graham Fountain, Al Aplin, Theresa Fleming Riley and Lane Holland, will hold its first public performance Oct. 18.

Fountain said Choctaw and Fort Walton Beach high schools have similar band alumni programs that are successful in raising funds for their respective bands.

Organizers took the plans for an alumni support group to current band director Jody Dunn, who embraced the idea.

"We're hoping to have as many alumni and directors and staff members, and anybody else who can claim they've been a part of the Big Red Machine as possible," Dunn said.

Crestview Mayor David Cadle, former band director, and late director Louis Lindsay will be honored for their service to the band and community during the event, Fountain said.

The association has also invited the daughter and grandson of Romulus H. Thompson, the band's 1938 founder, Fountain said.

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