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Wildcat Marching Band

The School Band Organizes in 1947


The School Band was organized in the summer of 1947 under the Direction of Paul Creech. The band consisted of sixty-eight members and five mascots. Several of the civic organizations and other individuals in the county were responsible for donations and securing instruments for the band. The uniforms were furnished by the Elks Club. Monetary donations from Lions Club, Attorneys Rosin and Paderewski. A.B. Pearce and H. F Johnson secured the instruments. needed. (Board Minutes, Vol:2, page 209)


The School Band made it’s first appearance at the football games. Later on in the year, they participated in nearby parades. The most significant event they entered was the District Contest held in Fort Myers where they placed second.   Other Events that year included : Strawberry Festival in Bowling Green, Concert at Fort Meade High School.


On New Years Eve they marched in the Lakeland Rodeo Parade. They also went to Tallahassee on January forth for the Inauguration of the Govenor. In addition, they participated in the Gasparilla Parade held in Tampa, Fort Myers Pageant of Lights, Plant City’s State Strawberry Parade and the Spring Music Festival at Wauchula.


All in all, the band was busy throughout the year and became a favorite for our community.


Although, the school yearbook of 1949 clearly states that the band began in the summer of 1947, an article was found in the local newspaper indicating that the school band was already in existence several years earlier.

The article states the following information:

“A long needed attraction is to be added this year in the form of a complete band, under the direction of Miss Kate Hadsel. Much credit is due Miss Hadsel as she is training the band gratis and they will be seen between halves in maneuvers on the field and will play during the contest.”

(The Advocate, ______1945 or 1946)





                       1948-49          1949-50












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