Memory Book

The following essays have been submitted by individuals who have special memories of their Band of Gold experience. Please sit back, relax and enjoy some of these special stories. Perhaps they will trigger some memories, and inspire you to contribute your own chapter to the Memory Book. New essays are always welcome. Feel free to submit yours to the following address:

admin@lbogaa.org
  • The Wizard of Ahhhs, by Barbara McCalister Seven years of memories of Band of Gold members, yes, all of you, parades, concerts, contests, seemingly endless bus rides, dirty spats, wet wool trousers, gold shirts to be ironed ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:40 AM by Largo Gold
  • Letter after 2002 Reunion, by Karen Cotter Roughton Dear Alumni and Associates: I hope you have all had time to reflect on the extraordinary weekend we recently experienced at the Belleview Biltmore. For those of you that couldn ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:35 AM by Largo Gold
  • The Things We Remember, The Things We Learn, By Jim Wright I remember being an 8th grader in the summer enrichment program and picking up a sousaphone for the first time. I remember Dave Brittain teaching me what a Bb, F ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:28 AM by Largo Gold
  • Memory, by Evelyn Rose Throughout my adult life, I have maintained excellent attention to detail, a skill that has been extremely helpful in my career as a clinical pharmacist monitoring medication use in patients ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:23 AM by Largo Gold
  • Dear Mr. Cotter, by Julie Howdeshell Dear Mr. Cotter, When you thought I wasn't looking.......I saw you hug a band mate, and I knew despite the yelling and foot-stomping when our music was ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:19 AM by Largo Gold
  • Thoughts of Mr. Cotter, by Maelouise Tennant He's the reason I walk without bobbing.He's the reason I don't shy away from hard work.He's the reason I'm on time to appointments ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:14 AM by Largo Gold
  • Reflections of the Band of Gold Experience, by Troy Fontaine It is said that the stimulation of the senses is what revives memories. For me, there are two things that always bring me back to the Largo Band of Gold ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:09 AM by Largo Gold
  • Memory #5 - How Bob Cotter Brought Out the Best, by Joe Donahey It should not come as any surprise that many of my memories of Bob and the BOG are of practice sessions during the school year and at camps. It was ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 7:03 AM by Largo Gold
  • Memory #4 - The First Trip to Europe, by Joe Donahey How many of you recognize the name Hans Schillings?How many of you who went to the Netherlands in 1974, remember the very tall and very thin young Dutchman with ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:55 AM by Largo Gold
  • Memory #3 - I Become Involved at Practice, by Joe Donahey After attending my first rehearsal of the Band of Gold and sitting in the stands, listening and watching, I was back at the next evening practice. Only this time I ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:51 AM by Largo Gold
  • Memory #2 - My First Band of Gold Practice, by Joe Donahey Sometime after receiving Mr. Cotter’s invitation to drop by the band room someday, I did just that. On a day in the fall of 1973 I was on my ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:41 AM by Largo Gold
  • Memory #1 - My Introduction to the Band of Gold, by Joe Donahey During the month of August 1973, if memory serves me correctly, Tena and I were in Miami to visit a couple who had been friends of hers for years but ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:32 AM by Largo Gold
  • Reflections of The Boss, by Joe Donahey - Jan. 21, 2001 “THE BOSS” January 21, 2001Dear Mary Lou, Bob, Donna, Karen, Bill, Bobby, Thomas, Chris and Jason, as well as all members of the extended Band Of Gold family:When ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:26 AM by Largo Gold
  • An Open Letter by Joe Donahey - July 8, 2000 Written by Joe Donahey Saturday, 08 July 2000 AN OPEN LETTER TO LARGO BAND OF GOLD ALUMNI & FRIENDSFROM THE DESK OFJOSEPH G. DONAHEY, JR.JULY 8, 2000 GREETINGS ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:17 AM by Largo Gold
  • From the Desk of Robert R. Cotter - Nov. 7, 2000 Hi to all you survivors of your years in the BOG. The thoughts of having a real quality web site to reunite us all is exciting and long over-due ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2012, 6:21 AM by Largo Gold
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