by Chief Musician Jamie Way
When we began our tour in New Mexico, they were receiving their first colder days of autumn. The accompanying photo should give you an idea of the beautiful short-sleeve shirt weather that greeted us in Fort Worth.
The evening's concert was at Paschal High School (pronounced "PASS-kle), which was founded over a hundred years ago. We always perform a medley of songs from the big band era, and Musician 1st Class Bill Dunn's rendition of "Stardust" received a warm response from the audience. Years ago, the former principal at Paschal lost his son in World War II, and "Stardust" was his son's favorite song. The school band started to perform it, and it was the school song for a while.
Also in attendance were several family members of Musician 1st Class Casey Elliott, who spent part of her youth in Fort Worth. She is shown here with her mother.