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Some people might feel a tinge of nostalgia when they hear the phrase, “Rebeleers, sound off!” It’s the cheer for the East Hardin High School band. Angela Carter wants to hear from those who remember.
Carter, a 1975 graduate of East Hardin High School, is planning a reunion of the East Hardin Rebeleer Band from 4 to 11 p.m. June 16 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The reunion is open to any member, parent or volunteer who worked with the program. Carter hopes many Rebeleers with fond memories will want to catch up.
Carter said she remembers the band program starting when she was in elementary school in the 1960s. She said it was a big deal to be a member of the program, which was very successful during its lifetime.
“You just couldn’t wait to be in the band,” she said.
For Carter, the memories of her time in the band are very vivid, saying she “can feel putting the sash on, I can feel polishing my shoes.”
“It’s just as real to me as something that happened yesterday,” she said.
Because of these memories, she contemplated organizing a reunion.
“It’s been on the back burner in my thoughts for several years,” she said.
The death of Chuck Campbell in 2011, a former director of the band, solidified her decision to bring members of the band together. She wants other directors, such John Shortt, Sonny Cron and her director, Allen Couch, to feel the appreciation of past members.
“I want him to see it,” she said of Couch, who served as best man in her wedding. Carter met her husband through the band program.
The event includes dinner and time to see old friends. Tickets are $20. Carter hopes to find as many people as possible and would like to see hundreds in attendance.