My 1958/59 teaching year covered two mixed choirs in Jones and Lamar Junior High and one mixed choir and Study Hall in SFA high school.
I was relieved of the Jones job and had a girl’s choir added at SFA. I also organized a Madrigal group and two girl’s ensembles. My twelve voice ladies group was in Lamar and was named, “Three/Fours” and an SFA ensemble named “Sweet Sixteens”. I couldn’t think of a name for my SFA girls so they became “The Emanon Choir” (no name, backwards). My final year teaching in Bryan brought about a very large girl’s choir(128 from 7,8 and 9) and a fine boy’s chorus. The Lamar Boys were very popular at civic clubs in Bryan that year.
My years in Bryan blessed me with a number of fine young singer-members of Honor Choirs, both Regional and All State. All my choirs rated very high in Texas Interscholastic competition, and my 1964-65 A Cappella Choir was selected as “Outstanding” among 4-A high schools in the State of Texas.
My wife was given the sponsorship of an excellent squad of girls I named, “The Lasso-s” and a girls drill team I named, “The ShyAnnes”. Just as in college, I was blessed to be the ‘halftime’ voice of the Bryan Bronco Band. I have no idea as to the actual number of fine young people who graced these choral organizations. I also have lost count of the number of weddings I sang for, nor do I recall all the fine accompanists who graciously gave up singing time to play for us. I continue to be blessed by continued contact from so many of my former students, thus I can honestly say I am “Too Blessed to be depressed and Too Anointed to be disappointed!”
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
And, that’s what I get from MY box of chocolates. AMEN