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.