Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1982

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Big Purple members aid children, :ontinue traditional halftime shows The approximately l85-member Big 'urple Marching Band carried on two 'aditions 3 football marching shows and Christmas patty for needy children. The football halftime shows gave the lhis page: left A Woodwind section tembersg right - The Big Purple Mar- hing Bands performance gains sparkle 'om twirler Cara Sue Miller. Opposite Inge: top - Woodwind and brass section zembers: bottom left - During the lomecoming performance Oct. 31, tephan Touchstone, left, and Chris 'ourtright provide rhythm for the mar- lzing bandg bottom right - Trombonists lay while they perform one of the Big urple's maneuvers. n-Eu- A . Big Purple most of its recognition and took most of the band members' time. But they also found time to prepare and put on the band's Christmas for Children party for needy children. John Whitwell, Big Purple director and associate professor of music, said the party has been given annually since he played with the band as a student in the early 19605. Whitwell said the band purchased food, toys and warm coats for seven children. The students and the children celebrated in the Big Purple band hall, which was decorated with a huge Christmas tree. Douglas Fry, director emeritus, played Santa Claus at the Dec. 6 party, which band members funded with more than 51,000 in donations. Members com- peted to see which class could give the LONT ROW N Donna Newell, Debora Daniell, Mae Lane, Mindy Lovell, Michelle Gilbert, Brenda :Mahan, Terry See, Deborah Barth, Sally Gary, James Carter. ROW 2 - Denise Lyons, Melody Townsel, l Smith, Karla Pace, David Hoelscher, Katie Harper, Julie Hibbs, Bonnie Brock, Kathy Kelly, Beth Arm- ong, Jana Palmer, Joy McAlister. ROW 3 - Suzanne Hickey, Brenda Mullins, Laurie Wolford, Vivien lbert, Jymann Hokanson, Tammy Barnett, Melany Ayers, Karen Spence, Dena Sutphen, Kristl Halfacre, aron Mitchell, Rendi Young. ROW 4 - Kristy Pendcrgrass, Sheryl Vanderford, Susan Lovell, Cammy born, Diana Hughes, Shelia Arnold, Thonie Williams, Geri Mooney, Kristi Lively, Debbie Corner, Faye mstrong, Pam Wilson. most, and the seniors won. "And that was just from within the band," said Eddie Meaders, president of Big Purple and a senior from Houston. "We didn't seek outside help on that." Besides continuing its traditional party and marching shows, Meaders said the band also performed at basketball games and in concerts. "There's more to Big Pur- ple than marehing. We do sit-down con- certs, and put on our tuxedosf' he said. Instrumental musicians performed as the Big Purple in the fall semester only. ln the spring semester the band split into two groups, Symphonic Band and Concert Band. The Symphonic Band played "more serious music" and the Concert Band played "easier-style music" and "more popular-type works," Meaders said. Big Purple

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