Musicians needed

Family Living Editor

Larry Lillard is asking area musicians to pull their instruments out of storage and join him and the Iola Marching Mustangs in the Sesquicentennial Homecoming Parade on May 23.
Lillard, Iola High School band director, would like to once again see the marching band 100 members strong, as it was in years past under the direction of Dale Creitz.
“We are inviting anyone who loves to play music to join us in the parade, not just alumni of Iola High,” Lillard said.
People who play the tuba or drums but no longer have instruments shouldn’t worry, he said. The school has extra that can be loaned for the parade.
Lillard is also looking for former drum majors, majorettes and Iola letter girls to join the parade.
The uniform of the day will be a white shirt or top and khaki shorts or pants, whichever the wearer prefers, he said.
Musicians need to only learn or review one song, “Iola’s Fight Song.”
Arrangements of the song are available in the band room at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
There will be a rehearsal at noon May 23 at the Bowlus for those who wish to practice prior to the parade. All band members need to be at the Bowlus by 12:30 p.m. to line up for the parade.
“What an awesome opportunity for musicians to march in the sesquicentennial parade. Certainly none of us will be here for the next one in 150 years,” Lillard said.
For additional information call Lillard at 365-4777.