Red, White and Wow! … Lamar University President James Simmons earned another elite honor with induction into the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame at the latest Texas Bandmasters Association annual convention in San Antonio. In selecting Simmons to become part of the Hall of Fame 2012 class, the international bandmasters fraternity continues its tradition of honoring outstanding Texas band directors. Simmons was thrilled to observe that the honor puts him in the record books with his mentors and up for recognition by his peers. Val Rose, a friend and colleague for more than 50 years, nominated Simmons for this honor. Way to go, Mr. President!
Fraternizing fun … Rao’s Bakery was the venue when Lamar University alumni gathered for a fun filled Jazz Night. Linda LeBlanc, director of Alumni Affairs at LU, did an outstanding job organizing and promoting this ener-jazzing evening with a huge turnout of Lamar grads. Enjoying the jazz performance by LU students and playing conversation catch-up with their fellow alums were bakery owners Mary and Jake Tortorice,Leila and Rickey Melancon,Jean Ornelas, Johnnie and Vernon Durden,Cherrie and Alan Hefty,Phelicia and Veryl Williams with son Miles, Jennifer and Ken Parker with son Sam, Nancy and Larry Beaulieu, Alica and Tom Sigee, Sally and Kent Palculict, Micki and Ronnie Platt, Betty and Ross White, Rusty Chimeno, Dean Terrebonne, Beverly and Fred Escamilla, Antoine LeBlanc, Camille Mouton, Kaycee Doyle,Harold Wilkinson, Antoinette Mays, as well as Patti and Floyd McSpadden. Can’t wait until the next LU alumni gathering!
Ever loyal … Hats off to Barbara Tipton Young, Craig Fecel and Gene McFaddin for their skills in gathering the Beaumont High School Class of 1962 grads to celebrate their 50th reunion. Coming from all parts of the country to reminisce with lifelong friends, enjoy dinner and dance to the sounds of The Innovators, this group partied all weekend. Several groups gathered at The Grill and Carrabba’s on Friday evening, with the guys enjoying a round of golf at the Beaumont Country Club. Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. at the MCM Eleganté, libations were served and guests were welcomed and entertained with hulahooping by Suzan Szafir Golman and magic tricks by Ralph Felder. Kit Ohmstede managed to find beautiful purple flowers to fashion floating arrangements in large glass cylinders on each table. Dinner was served around 8 p.m. and dancing started at 9 p.m., lasting until midnight. Having a blast were Sherri and Paul Horwitz, Beverly and Jim Price, Karleen Humphrey Watson, Kathy McQuiston Tacl, Marilyn Maness Mehaffy (the first reunion she was able to attend), Tifton Simmons, Andi Anderson Barnett, Ed Childress, Celia Crittenden, Tommy Currie, Julie Terry Hise, Sue Wallace Dailey, Dude Turney, Betty Bando, John Bissell, Jane Bevil Honovich, Bill Miller, Carol Ann Webber Paddock, Robert Murphy, Jane Landrum Hendricks, John Beck, Kay Fowler, Bill Shepherd, Jane Wheat Parks, Karen Bill Marlow, Karen Hudler Gafford, Horace Bonner, Cissie Carey, Kay Henslee Neild, Frank Fuller, Judy Foreman Scardino, Vivian Hodges Wright, Dickie Cordray and too many more to mention. What fun!
Candles and cakes … Belated best to Macon Ware, Susan Sampson and Dykie O’Shell. Birthday greetings to Elizabeth Winslow, J. Shane Howard, Jenna Miller, Alex Stelly, Erik De La Rosa, Chuck Barbee, Ramey Rose Saba, Jay Tortorice, Keith Henke, Hannah Jenkins, Ford Phelan, Gracelyn Miller, Susan Berndt, Dean Terrebonne, Ruthie Williams, Dette Toups, Carol Smith, Patricia Adams, Frances Bethea, Dana Bundy and one of my dearest gal pals, Carol Snowden.
Until the next RSVP!