This passed week the Eastland Band Program presented music week in Eastland. Centered around Eastland Alumni Collen Gray "Tex" Satterwhite and his music, the band presented programs featuring the history of music in Eastland.
A special guest came to Eastland for the celebration. Lindsay Kaufman, Satterwhite's daughter flew in from Los Angeles. Lindsay has visited Eastland a few times, the first being a visit as a small child in the 1950's to meet her grandparents Lina Gray and E.C. Satterwhite
The week's events started with a showing of "The Benny Goodman Story" movie at the Majestic last Tuesday. Satterwhite appears in several scenes of this movie.
On Tuesday the Eastland HS Wind Symphony, one of the two concert bands at Eastland High School, performed a concert at the 1st United Methodist Church. This included performances of Easter Monday on the White House Lawn, A Childhood Hymn, A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss, and Vesuvius.
Two band students presented vocal performances of Satterwhite's music, Catherine Hernandez singing the Patsy Cline hit Through the Eyes of a Child and Trenton West presenting a song from Satterwhite's personal collection entitled A Child at Prayer. Tex Satterwhite passed away in 1978 and it is believed that this song was never publicly performed until this concert.
On Thursday a combination of students from the Eastland Jazz band and Eastland Pops formed a group nicknamed the Satterwhite Symphony. They performed the Eastland Musical Legacy concert with song dedications to Phil Hewitt, Marsha Vermillion, and G.W. Collum. Verna Johnson and Leon Hale were recognized as distinguished faculty and distinguished alumni respectively.
Friday saw a swing dance at the Connellee Roof Top Garden with live music provided by the Key City Jazz Quintet. Satterwhite, Leon Hale, and their friends used to hold dances in this same location in the 1930's after forming a dance band of local high school/community musicians.
Despite the weather, the Eastland Jazz Festival finished off the week on Saturday in the downtown square with jazz bands performing throughout the day at the Lyric Theatre and the old Texas Band building on the square. Groups included the Eastland Jazz Band, Eastland Pops, Tarleton Jazz Band, Stephenville HS, Jim Ned HS, Wylie HS, Abilene HS, and Howard Payne University.