Brady prays for fair skies for band festival

March 4-7, 1960 Brady bandsmen were hoping for good weather this weekend as they prepared to welcome more than 1,400 high schoolers to the 12th annual Heart O’ Texas Band Festival. And Thursday the weather seemed to be cooperating. After two weeks of freezing temperatures, ice, snow and rain, the sun was out bright and clear. But anything could happen before Friday night’s marching contest, opening event of the festival at 7:30 p.m. Weather permitting, eight bands will compete for the “Show Band” trophy, each putting on a “halftime” marching routine in Bulldog Stadium. The crowd will see the Brady High Band, Del Rio, Caldwell, Luling, Robert E. Lee of San Antonio, Tivy of Kerrville, Breckenridge and the Brady Junior High Band. The six visiting bands will spend the night here, a few begin housed in tourist courts but most of them in private homes. The Band Boosters, sponsors of the festival, have been working through church organizations to find beds for the bandsmen’a total of 476 of them! Boyd Hunt, Brady band director, praised Brady residents for caring for the bandsmen, “If it weren’t for the help of everybody in Brady, we just couldn’t have the festival.” After the marching contest, the bandsmen are invited to attend a “Play Night” in the BHS gym, with the Brady Stardusters and the Caldwell Stage Band providing the music. Joining the festival Saturday are bands from Lake View of San Angelo, Coleman, Mason, Santa Anna, Llano, Thomas A. Edison Junior High of San Angelo, Eden, Eldorado, Early, Jim Ned of Tuscola, Baird, Mason Junior High and Rankin. The McMurry College Band will be here, too, to play a free concert at 3 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Plus the two Brady bands that will bring a total of 22 bands in town. Ten trophies will be awarded in four different classes. * * * 18 teams to vie in golf tourney Eighteen teams are entered in Brady High School’s fifth annual golf tournament here Saturday on the Country Club course. In a change from previous meets, the teams will compete in two divisions: Division I for 3A and 4A schools and Division II for 2A, A and B schools. Entered in Division 1 are San Angelo, Brownwood, Andrews, Breckenridge, Abilene, Stephen F. Austin of Austin, McCallum of Austin, Waco, Sweetwater, Colorado City and Del Rio. In Division II are Bastrop, Gatesville, Brady, Lampasas, Post, Big Lake and Coleman. Brady High Principal C. A. Ethridge, director of the meet, is expecting about 100 boys. Each school will be permitted to enter six boys and count the top four scores as the team score, an arrangement designed to give the coaches a chance to establish their teams for competition later this spring. Austin, winner of the 1959 Brady tournament, has two veterans back from that team and will be one of the favorites in Division I. The other “teams to beat” are Andrews, second in the AAA state meet last year and Abilene, which always comes up with a strong foursome. Brady and Lampasas will be fighting it out in the lower bracket. * * * Juniors’ comedy tells of fun at girls camp Fun at a summer camp for teenagers provides the plot for “Miss Mischief,” a three-act comedy to be presented by Brady High School juniors next Thursday night, March 10. The play originally was set for Feb. 26 but had to be postponed because of the lengthy basketball season. The postponement proved to be an advantage, however, because since then several members of the cast have been out with the flu. Curtain time Thursday is 7:30 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are 75′ and go on sale at the high school office next Monday. Action of the play takes place at Camp Foresthaven, a girls’ summer camp. But just across the lake is a summer camp for boys, and the girls quickly bring out the field glasses and peer across the lake. Questioned about what they are doing, the girls explained that they are “studying birds.” “Dotty Harris,” played by Nancy Archer, is a teenage terror who is spending the summer at the camp, safely out of the hair of her wealthy mother. But even at camp Dottie can’t stay out of trouble, despite her best intentions. The play also mixes a little romance with the antics of Dottie. Others in the cast are Barbara McCord, Charlotte Kyzar, Tony Flemming, Nancy Pearson, Jerrylyn Lohn, Robert Ricks, Dan Salter, Tommy Kyzar and Lanny Dorsett. The play is directed by Miss Laurie Barfoot. * * * PERSONAL MENTION Miss Brady friends Mrs. Will Hampton of Dublin, long-time resident of Brady, sends a note along with her renewal to The Standard and Herald and says to ‘please keep the papers coming, for we can’t do without them. I look forward every week to the news of Brady and McCulloch County. We miss our friends there very much, and one day we’ll be coming back to stay, for Brady is still home to us.’

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