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To All Band Alumni - 55
11/23/01     Mr. Mac      jbmac2002@yahoo.com
Greeting from Mr. Mac! Hope you all are doing well and are in good health. I retired a year ago and am enjoying the free time. I am teaching a few private lessons and that is going well. Would love to see and talk to all of you, I really miss working with all of you. Hope that you all will stay in touch. It is always great to hear from you all. You can send me an email from the listed email address.


Mr. Mac
12/06/01     Allen  (1990)      dabell@kimbanet.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
it's great to hear from you. hope you are enjoying retirement. you desevre it.
12/13/01     Nelson Smith  (1969)      Fearless0351@aol.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hey, Mr. Mac--glad to see you up online. Often wonder how you tolerated Eddie Dameron and I. I saw you at Hazel's when I came into town for a visit, but didn't get to say hello. Keep in touch & enjoy retirement.
12/21/01     Ernie Wagoner  (1969)      ewagoner@mindspring.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Nelson, I don't know either, and I was playing Baritone next to you! I spoke with Mr. Mac when in M'ville for Thanksgiving.
12/24/01     Amanda Goebel  (1995)      goebel_amanda@hotmail.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
It is so good to hear from you, Mr. Mac. I hear your son is working with a friend of mine from college. What a small world this is! About the only thing I miss from Martinsville is my Marching band and concert band days. I continually try to find a musical fix in Fredericksburg, but an elementary school leaves a lot to be desired. :) Hope you and your family are in good health. If you are ever in the DC area, I would love to hear from you!
01/09/02     Steve McCann  (1992)      stevemccann@triad.rr.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Mr Mac,
Just wanted to write to tell you that you made my only year at Mavahi the best. I appreciate all of your help. You are the greatest.
01/15/02     Monique Poole (Martin)  (1984)      afgdhr@aol.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hey Mr. Mac! This is absolutely great to be able to talk to the people you spent so much time with. I will forever treasure my days on the FLAG CORPS and serving as captain of the squard.....It's me Monique Martin. I am glad that you are resting and enjoying life. You gave us many, many years of great fun that we will never forget. Everyone loves and will always remember MR. MAC!
02/05/02     Pamela Carter  (1984)      PamtweetyDC@aol.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hi Mr. Mac!

It's been a few years since I have seen you, however, my nieces, Ingrid & Celeste Barton, had informed me of your retirement. I hope you are truly enjoying your leisure time.

It seems like yesterday that I was preparing for your class, carrying around my sticks. All of those years playing drums under your direction were absolutely fabulous! I miss those days. I think I'll go out and buy a new pair of sticks this weekend!

By the way, I was hanging out with Keith Lockhart this past 4th of July & this past Christmas. The director of my church choir is Renese King. She's a featured soloist with the Boston Pops. Maestro Lockhart is a very goofy man but an excellent conductor!

How's your family? I would love to hear from you.
I'm still in Boston.
02/26/02     Conrad Jones  (1973)      william.jones@verizon.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hey Mr. Mac!!!!
This is Conrad! Glad to hear you finally reached that stage in life where you could take it easy! I am working on putting together a list of the class of 1973 with email addresses, and I will include you in the list and the email when I send it out. I'm up in the Northern Va. area now and doing well! I can be reached at william.jones@verizon.com
Hope to talk soon!
04/18/02     Carol Matthews  (1984)      cvirginiam@hotmail.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hey Mr. Mac,
Congratulations on your retirement. I am sure you are missed a MHS. I often remember the days of marching band and how much fun we had. I went on to march in the Hampton University Marching Band for several years. Thanks to you I was able to meet the challenge. Take care of yourself and enjoy your retirement.

Carol Matthews
06/15/02     David Young  (1973)      BYoung1441@aol.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hey Mr. Mac! It sure was great to bring my son over to visit you last summer, I'm hoping to see you again soon! Come visit us in Atlanta, and I'll be sending you a CD that we're releasing here in Atlanta later this summer. Take care!
07/22/02     Julie Dameron  (1992)      JulzDam@aol.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hey Mr. Mac. I just wanted to say hello and let you know I appreciate everything you did for me to further my musical development. Some of my fondest memories of high school come from being involved in the marching and jazz bands. Although I haven't played the trumpet in a few years, I did pick up the guitar and am constantly learning. Believe it or not, I was in a reggae band in college! Fun stuff. Hope all is well with you and your family. Take care.
10/15/03     Melissa Agnew  (1992)      missyagnew02@yahoo.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Mr. Mac:

Great to hear you are doing well and enjoying retirement. I often think about the wonderful times I had in the marching band, especially my drum major years. I obtained a sense confidence in band that will stay with me forever. Although I haven't played the clarinet since high school, I still have a love for all types of music. In fact, I'm going to take piano lessons next year. :)

Hope to see you when I visit Martinsville.

Much Love,
Melissa Agnew
12/31/03     Nelson E. Smith  (1969)      fearless0351@aol.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Wanted to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday. Wanted you to know that, in spite of all my shenanigans I pulled in band, you were a definite influence on what talent I had and my continued appreciation of all kinds of music. Some of my talent seems to have rubbed off onto my boys, 11 & 14. Though my oldest no longer participates in the strings orchestra at school, he still loves to tinker around on musical instruments and occsionally writes music on the computer. My youngest started band this year on the trumpet, however, he wants to switch over to the baritone (that's my boy!) next year. Hope to see you sometime when I come into town. Take care and thanks for the patience and memories.
01/26/04     Shelby Scales-Bratcher  (1992)      srbratcher@adelphia.net
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hi Mr. Mac its me shelby scales-bratcher c/o 92 glad to hear from you, I played the clarinet, also im doing some traveling my husband is in the us marines and we have 2 kids, and we are stationed here in Quantico for the next 3 years hope to hear from you soon take care.
09/17/04     Jackie Harris Sanders  (1982)      toobootyjudy@hotmail.com
Re: To All Band Alumni
Hello, Mr. Mac,

I hope you and your family are doing well. My three children and I are surviving.

I haven't been on this site in quite a while. I see a variety of your former students have responded to your message. I saw where Carol Matthews had replied. She and I both marched in Hampton University's band. I marched from 1982 to 1986 on their flag squad, two of those years as a section leader. We had a lot of fun.

From time to time I run into Vernon Butler here in Greensboro. I saw him in the mall just three weeks ago. He was "clearing his mind" for the game that night. In case you didn't know, he is the band director at Smith High School, the arch rival of my oldest children's high school, Dudley High School. He seems to be doing quite well for himself.

My daughter just graduated from Dudley and is now enrolled in the commnity college in Salisbury, NC. She graduated with honors in the National Honor Society just like her mom and is doing well. She wants to open her own daycare. She played the clarinet also, but not as long as I did and didn't march in the marching band.

My oldest son is doing well at Dudley also. He's an honor roll student now also. I don't have a clue what he wants to to upon graduation and he doesn't either, but he has a brilliant engineer's mind. He played the trombone for about three years then he hated it. He reminded me of my cousin, Sal Burman. Remember him?

My youngest son just turned seven on Sep. 11. He's in the second grade, and he's a mess. He's just as smart as the others.

Well, I've got to go. Take care and enjoy not having to design marching patterns for the next football game.
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