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I remember cold Wednesday night rehearsals in the stadium under William Stewart
when he was so hoarse he could hardly talk. And I remember the lights in the hats.
He persuaded William D. Revelli to come and conduct the band, after which
Revelli interviewed a few students, offered me a scholarship and accepted me
into the Symphony band at Michigan. At the time, I didnít know there were
 no women in the marching band at Michigan. I then went on to earn a Bachelors of Music in
music education, met my husband and had six children, one of whom also played
 in the U of M marching band as did my husband, while he was in Law School.
I am sorry that I do not have any pictures, only memories. Like when the whole band
sailed to Milwaukee on the Milwaukee Clipper to play in a music conference. And
I remember playing in War Bonds programs during the war And playing in parades
 that always ended in Hackley Park. I graduated in January 1947 but stayed in
school for the next term so I could play in the band and orchestra.


Sally Bennett Roach

MHS Class of '47

I played 1st and 2nd chair trombone in the band and orchestra (thatís about all we had at the time)
 from September 1956 to May 1960. It was a great time and experience thatís been with me all my life since.
I was sad to hear the cap lights are not used anymore. In the winter of 1959, during a major game with big, thick snowflakes falling, we formed a cathedral front, turned on blue cap lights, turned off the field lights and played Bachís Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Iím told that the radio announcer was so struck by the sight and sound he announced he was going to shut up and stuck the microphone outside the booth so the radio audience could hear the music. He apologized that he couldnít broadcast the sight. It was just one of those moments.

Dan Nickell
MHS Class of '60

Symphony of Winds
University of Michigan, January 1968.

MHS Street Beats

Send along your memories from your days in the band.