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Former Millwood band director, alumni say restoring band will take work

Recent efforts to help restore the luster of the Millwood High School marching band have focused on coming homecoming activities. However, the school's beloved former band director, Edgar Scott, and others said they plan to spend the next several years getting the program back on its feet.
by Carla Hinton Modified: October 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: October 8, 2013

She said band alumni have been showing up to help because they remember the band's glory days.

“If we didn't enjoy band, none of us would be coming back.”

Other alumni said much the same thing.

Ann Ali Gaines, 46, of Oklahoma City, said she was a member of the Millwood drum line during the 1981-82 school year. She said she saw a Facebook post about the band's need for alumni support.

“Any way we can give back, we should. We put a whole lot of blood, sweat and tears in this,” Gaines said.

Meanwhile, several band alumni said they may need more time to learn their instruments again.

Jolinda Franklin Daniels, 38, said she tried to help her daughter Cherish, 11, a current Millwood band member.

“I picked up my daughter's flute and I couldn't remember a thing. I could teach her how to blow, but that's it,” she said, laughing.

Plus, some said it might take a while to get back into proper “band shape.”

Rolanda Walker of Edmond, a 1990 graduate who played the flute and served as a flag corps member, acknowledged that most of the alumni haven't thought about marching in a band for many years.

“We may need some Bengay and some Epsom salt when this is all over,” she said, grinning.