Memory Lane: Sept. 21, 1972


From the September 21, 1972 edition of The Wayne Herald

Band Day participants drop simple routines

Band Days have changed in recent years. Wayne State's annual Band Day Saturday demonstrated again what has developed in both music and marching.

The 24 high school bands and the college band treated spectators at the morning parade to something more intricate than the simple marches that used to be the main marching fare. Many of them played music of concert complexity.

March routines also looked fancier when some of the bands broke into steps one might see on the dance floor. And the fancy maneuvers seemed not to hinder the quality of music.

Once they arrived in Wayne, the bands had only an hour to put their show together on the WSC football field. There were two problems to be solved under the guidance of Dr. Lee Mendyk, college band director, first, getting on and off the field in quick, orderly manner; second, rehearsing the music and keeping so many musicians on the beat in so large a formation.

Both problems were solved.

Wayne's Chamber of Commerce and the City of Wayne contributed to the day's success by providing lunch for the band in the Willow Bowl.


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