Here you will find the dedications for the Eastland Musical Legacy Concert that was held at the Eastland Majestic Theatre 4/11/2019
Collen Gray Satterwhite
Basin Street Blues- Phil Hewitt
This performance is dedicated to Phil Hewitt. He directed the Eastland Band in the 1960's and again in the 1980's. He lead the program to their first known sweepstakes in 1989 and started the jazz band program. This song is one of his favorites that his students remember playing many times.
Prof. Collum - Hail Alma Mater
G.W. Collum was the band director in Eastland, TX from 1935-1937. The band in Eastland was strong and Prof. Collum would be remembered in Eastland for many years after he left. He introduced the Eastland School song in 1936. Read more about him in the Band Director Hall of Fame.
Verna Johnson/ MArsha Vermillion
Verna Johnson taught for many, many, years in Eastland, TX. She was known as Teach Johnson to her students. Many times has she been honored in Eastland. Tonight we tie her to her successor Marsha Vermillion who is in attendance tonight. Marsha was a student of Verna Johnson and eventually took the same post at Eastland, leaving her own legacy.
She originally came into our view in photos of her visit with Collen Gray Satterwhite in 1976.
Leon is a band alumni and a long time columnist in Houston, TX. We have recently posted Leon's memories and biography here.
Tonight we have with us Lindsay Kaufman, daughter of Tex Satterwhite, picture visiting her grandparents home of Seaman St. as a child and again this week:
In 1960's Ina traveled to LA, California to be on the TV show "About Faces." While there she met Satterwhite and shared her experiences with us.