These students are believed to be the first members of the Seguin High School Band in 1918-1919. The Matador Band this Friday looks to celebrate its 100 year anniversary with a special celebration which includes former band students. The group will share the field during a special half-time performance. Courtesy photo.
(Seguin) -- Get ready to hit the field as the Seguin High School Matador Band celebrates 100 years of making music. Joining the band for the Friday night celebration are over 150 former band members -- members who over the course of the last century donned on an uniform and helped cheer teams to victory.
Band Booster Club member Tammy Bargfrede says the excitement is definitely brewing for Friday's 100th Anniversary Celebration. Bargfrede says adding to the overall excitement is the newly recruited SHS Alumni Band.
"It actually started a couple of years ago when the directors located a photo in an old yearbook at the high school and it was a picture of hte original Seguin High School band which was taken in 1918 so since that time, they have been talking about or questioning or trying to figure out what we could do to celebrate 100 years of the band's existence. Mr. (Stan)Mauldin, the current director of bands, came up with the idea of having an alumni band so this Friday, we are officially celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Seguin Matador Band by hosting alumni from the 1950s through 2018 who are going to be joining the Matador Band on the field at halftime along with going to the pep rally at the high school that afternoon. We will be having a rehearsal with the high school band. We will be having a dinner for them and then marching over to the field with the band and performing at half-time with them. Instruments are optional. It's really more of an exhibition but we do have quite a few who are bringing instruments as well. So we are looking forward to a really fun evening," said Bargfrede.
Over the last several months, the band has been searching and inviting former band students to join them on the field. She says during its search, the band has been reunited with dozens of former students including one special member.
"We have one special guest coming. Her name is Dotsy Beauchamp and she was the drum majorette and graduated in 1956. She's going to be out on the field with us and will lead the band as the drug majorette on Friday night. We are also anticipating of the arrival of some previous band directors," said Bargfrede.
Bargfrede says not only is the idea of returning to the field exciting for alumni band members, but it has also been exciting for current students.
"The kids are really excited. They are going to be paired with an alumni and they are looking forward to having that responsibility and just being able to have that person that they share the time with and hopefully they will learn a lot from each other. To my knowledge, this is the first time that Seguin has ever had an alumni band and those who are participating have made comments about being out on the field 'one more time.' They are just looking forward to kind of going back in time I believe and being a part of that band," said Bargfrede.
Although sign-up to participate in any of the Friday events was encouraged early, Bargfrede says the band is making accommodations to welcome anyone who is now just learning about the invitation. Plus, she says there's always other options for those who just want to show up and be part of the overall festivities.
"If you are not wanting to get out on the field with us, at least come out to the game and support the football team and the band," said Bargfrede.
Those wishing to sign-up for the event are encouraged to do so as soon as possible by visiting tinyurl.com/MatadorBand100.
In addition to the special half-time performance, the band will honor its 100 year anniversary with a final last performance of its show “Cien años del Matador”-100 Years of the Matador after the game. Kick-off for the Matador football game is at 7:30 p.m.