There was a very active music study club in Eastland for many years. Among their numerous activities and endeavors to enrich the culture of Eastland was an event called "Music Week"
It is in that spirit that the band will present Music Week in 2019 from April 9th through April 13th celebrating the cultural history of Eastland and featuring the music of Eastland's own songwriter and trombonist, Collen Gray " Tex" Satterwhite
Satterwhite graduated Eastland High School in 1937 and went on to have a long career performing as a member of the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the 1940's, and then as a music writer and arranger in Hollywood from the 50's until he passed away in 1978. His music appears in movies, TV shows, and was performed by entertainers including Tony Bennett, Patsy Cline, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Kay Star, and Vikki Carr. His parents were Lina Gray and E Collen Satterwhite who lived in Eastland many years. For a complete biography of Collen Gray "Tex" Satterwhite visit the website EastlandBand.com/blog and click on the article with his name.
Satterwhite's daughter Lindsay Kauffman from Los Angeles, CA will be traveling to Eastland to be a part of the festivities.
The week will include the following events, all of which are free admission:
April 9th 7:00PM - Majestic Theatre - Showing of "The Benny Goodman Story"
This bio-drama about the life of Benny Goodman was originally released in 1956. Collen Gray Satterwhite can be seen performing in the band in about 8 different scenes in this movie.
April 10th 6:30PM - 1st United Methodist Church - EHS Wind Symphony in Concert
The Eastland High School Wind Symphony will be performing a concert that will include both traditional church music and Collen Gray Satterwhite original music. The entire Satterwhite family attended church at the 1st United Methodist Church and some of Satterwhites music was clearly influenced by his time here.
April 11th 7:00PM - Majestic Theatre -Eastland Music Concert
The members of the Eastland High School Jazz Band and Eastland Pops Ensemble will combine to bring a concert featuring not only Satterwhite's music, but also historically significant music for the Eastland community to include the original 1936 arrangement of the Eastland School Song and a composition by Eastland Alumni Cody Hutcheson. Dedications will be made to Marsha Vermillion, Verna Johnson, G.W. Collum, Leon Hale, and Phil Hewitt
April 12th 7:00PM - Connellee Rooftop Garden - Swing Dance with live music
Eastland HS band director Stephen Cox and the members of the Key City Jazz Quintet will be performing as many Satterwhite songs as possible in this performance. Come hang out and dance. There will be a free swing dance crash course at 5:30PM
April 13th - All Day - Eastland Jazz Festival - Downtown Eastland near Courthouse
This is the day of the 5th annual Eastland Jazz Festival. Texas high school and college jazz bands will be performing throughout the day at the courthouse during the Rips's Ribs Cook Off. A detailed schedule of this day will be available when we are closer to the date.