Amory alumni organize reunion for band members

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

Strike up the band, Amory High School’s music makers are having a reunion.
The event, which will be 1 to 4 p.m. May 7 at the First Baptist Church gym in Amory, will honor former director Ernest C. Cadden, who lead the Amory High School band from 1970 to 1977. Organizers are making an extra effort to reach out to his former students, but the reunion is open to the entire community, said Susan Bolding, a 1975 Amory grad who played flute and piccolo in Cadden’s bands.
Cadden made a huge impact during his time at Amory High School.
“He took a floundering band program and rebuilt it,” said Bolding, who now lives in Belmont.
The first year Cadden taught band, there were 38 musicians. By 1977, students auditioned to make it into the 150-member ensemble, said Bo Miller, a Class of 1977 tuba player from Amory.
“At the height… a quarter of the high school was in band,” Miller said.
But Cadden was more than a music teacher for many of his students.
“He was like a second father to many of us,” said Sheila Howell Nivens, Class of ’75 clarinet player, inspiring self-discipline, responsibility and pride in their work.
With help from the CREATE Foundation, the band alumni have created a endowed scholarship in Cadden’s honor for Amory High School graduates who have been involved with music, Bolding said. They plan to recognize the first recipient at the May 7 event.
Contact Michaela Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@journalinc.com.

Event details
– 1 to 4 p.m. May 7

– First Baptist Church gym, Amory

– Honoring former director Ernest C. Cadden

– Open to the community

– Guests are asked to RSVP to Susan Bolding at (662) 424-3800