Cold wave fails to scare bands away

March 8-11, 1960 Freezing weather and threatening forecasts couldn’t keep 16 high school bands away from the 12th annual Heart O’ Texas Band Festival here Saturday. In view of the bitter cold, the bands couldn’t have been blamed if they had stayed at home. But they didn’t and the festival was as big and lively as ever. Only three of the 19 bands expected failed to appear, and even in good weather many find they can’t come because of various reasons. The only cold weather casualty was the street parade. It was called off because of the threat of rain and to let the bands leave for home early. The cold, however, did cut into the gate receipts at Friday night’s marching contest, the festival’s opening event. Only 200 to 300 spectators were brave enough to turn out. They huddled under blankets in the wind-swept grandstand and gave applause’muffled by gloves’to the performing bandsmen. Presenting a “half time” routine, the seven bands in the contest were judged on showmanship, marching and musicianship. Winner of the “Show Band” trophy was the 85-piece Buckaroo Band from Breckenridge High School directed by Jim Campbell. The Buckaroos are the festival’s “most faithful” visitors, having been here every year since the festival began in 1949. Saturday afternoon the bandsmen and other festival visitors filled every seat in Brady High’s auditorium to hear a concert by Raymond Bynum’s McMurry College Indian Band. Playing for an audience of critics, the Indians won applause and cheers for their technical performance and showmanship. Festival director Boyd Hunt presented criticism sheets to each of the bands and then announced the winners. “I hope you will listen to the criticism and make yours a better band,” he said. “I hope you have learned something here and that you have had a good time.” Hard-to-beat Tivy High School of Kerrville took home two trophies, winning both the concert playing and the sight reading in Class AAA. Other trophies went to: Class AA’Luling for concert playing and Coleman for sight reading. Class A and CC’Santa Anna for concert playing and Mason for sight reading. Class B and C’Mason Junior High for concert playing and Eldorado for sight reading. Other bands attending were Del Rio, Robert E. Lee of San Antonio, Caldwell, Llano, Thomas A. Edison of San Angelo, Eden, Early and Baird. The Brady High and Junior bands participated in the festival but were not competing for the trophies. * * * Faulty gas hose blamed for fire Fire badly damaged one room of the Margareta Garcia home at Grant and West White Streets about 11:15 p.m. Thursday. The family was asleep and woke up to find the house filled with smoke. Fire Chief Howard Salter blamed the fire on a faulty hose connection leading to a stove. * * * Weise sets discus mark Bobby Weise, Brady’s champion discus man at the University of Houston, set a new record Saturday at the Borden Olympics in Laredo with a throw of 167 feet 9 inches. The record replaces a toss of 165-10 1/2 set in 1950 by George Kadera of Texas A&M. Weise’s ex-teammate at Brady High, Tracy Byrd won second place for McMurry College in the shot put with 50-8. * * * Broken leg kept BHS boy off TV If Larry Henderson, a Brady High boy, had not suffered a broken leg some six weeks ago, he would have been on television last Sunday night, when the Houston Fat Stock Show was shown nationally. The calf scramble took place during the one-hour show on TV, and that was where Larry was to have been a participant. Several persons from this area had tickets to the performance, but asked for a refund when it was found that Larry’s leg would not heal in time for him to take part in the event. * * * PERSONAL MENTIONS Returns from New York Mrs. Lowell Smith of Placid, returned home last week from New York where she had been at the bedside of her brother-in-law, Ted Pikuritz, for the past two months. Friday, following her return home Monday, she received a wire that Mr. Pikuritz had passed away. * * * Visit in Austin Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Steel attended the Cavalcade of Commerce in Austin last weekend and visited their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Harris Johnson. * * * Visit parents Mr. and Mrs. Max Morris of Norman, Okla., were weekend guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hall.

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