Crestview high alumni join Big Red Machine performance (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM.

"It's neat for me 'cause my son's in the band so we'll be able to experience something together," Craig Shaw said, noting his son, Nathan, holds the same drum line section leader position this year that he held in 1977.

About 100 alumni turned out for Thursday night’s rehearsal with the current high school band, and even more turned out Friday night, Graham Fountain, one of the alumni band's organizers, said.

During the performance, Jeanette Cramer, Nellie Fleming, Lamar Garrett, Helen Parkton, Claudia Patten and Betty Thigpen, members of the 1938 Okaloosa County School Band, which evolved into the Big Red Machine, were introduced to the cheering audience.

"We're having so much fun," 1983 color guard captain Carolyn Smith said. "It makes you feel young again."

Crestview Mayor David Cadle, the band’s former director, mounted the conductor's platform and led the massed band in the school fight song as the performance finale.

"That felt good!" Cadle said.

"You haven't lost your touch," Crestview High Principal Bob Jones said to Cadle, who had brought the band to national prominence with many televised appearances.



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