EDMOND — A group of Edmond High School students were making their own sweet music while the Beatles were changing the rock and pop music world in the 1960s.
Bands with aspiring young musicians popped up all over Edmond playing at proms and fraternity parties.
After high school, they all went their own way. They became a college dean, an attorney, a former vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, a chief executive officer and a mathematician.
Greg Moss, a 1968 graduate, wanted his fellow-high school musicians to play together again at his 40th high school reunion.
The group of old high school friends agreed and the Old Bulldog Band, named after their high school mascot, was created. They took to the stage for the first time with only 10 songs ready to play.
The band, now with more than 100 songs ready to sing, is still together playing at reunions, fundraising events, Grand Lake and the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab.
“When we play we don't take it too serious,” said Phil Moss, the band's leader. “We are not Bon Jovi.”
They are just a group of men and women who used to hang together in the late 1960s and '70s
“The point is not to look at how good we are,” said Phil Moss, 61. “We are reflecting back to high school — recreating a moment, a feeling.”
Old Bulldog Band started out playing at one reunion a year. But their popularity took them to three gigs in two weeks this month.
They were back at the class of 1968 reunion. This time it was five year's later and Greg Moss' 45th reunion. They also played for the State Regents at an event put on at the Jazz Lab by UCO President Don Betz. Then there was a cancellation at the Jazz Lab the next day so they agreed to fill in.
“We sold out in 10 days,” said Phil Moss, of the class of '70. “We had to turn people away.”
Up to 25 people, who have played at one time or another with the Old Bulldog Band, were members of popular Edmond bands, Destinies, Knyghts, Mother Blues and Burton Court in the 1960s and '70s.
“It depends on who is here at the time,” said Greg Moss, 63.
John Haworth, a 1968 graduate, now lives in Boston, and has come back for a couple of performances.
“He gets the award for furthest distance traveled to play with us,” Phil Moss said.
Band member Kent Yoesting, a 1970 graduate, comes back to Edmond two or three times a year from Houston.
The Mosses' brother, Kevin, a 1976 graduate, also plays when he is here from Nashville, Tenn.
In addition to the Moss brothers, others are Bill Humes, 1971 graduate, David Sisson, 1969 graduate, Valarie Fried, 1969 graduate, Brian Howell, 1970 graduate, Greg Dennis, 1969 graduate, John Hamilton, 1972 graduate, Richard Greenhaw, 1966 graduate, Linda Fieth, 1971 graduate, Debbie Howell, 1971 graduate, Betty Beall, 1973 graduate, and Robert Young, 1968 graduate.
The band mainly plays 1960s and '70s music. They once strayed to play some 1980s and '90s songs. Fans didn't really like it so they stick with the 1960s and '70s music, Phil Moss said.
“I love this music,” Greg Moss said. “The music of the '60s, I think was just great. The Beatles, the Stones, Motown sound — I always listened to it. I still listen to it.”
Old Bulldog Band is scheduled to play at the Jazz Lab on Dec. 20. Fans are saying that is too long to wait.
“To me, the fact that other people want to come and hear it is amazing,” Greg Moss said. “We just have a great time.”