From the AFSC President, John Fry
As I sit and write this, I am still on a little bit of a “high” from the events of this past weekend at Texas A&M. For those who were unable to attend this year’s AFSC Reunion, you were truly missed and our hope is that you will make it next year. I invite all to follow the Singing Cadets
and the AFSC
on Facebook for upcoming concert dates, cities, and reunion news such “save-the-date” information regarding the 2017 reunion.
The weekend began with a spirited Open Rehearsal in the MSC Flag Room. There was a great crowd and the current group sounded exceptional! There were several moments that really stood out to me during Open Rehearsal. My first observation was the sheer talent of this year’s group. There was the always well-received, patriotic portion which reminded me that most DO respect our country and its flag. The beautiful arrangement of “Amazing Grace”, inspired by the events surrounding the 1999 Bonfire and performed alongside the Women’s Chorus, was truly moving. Finally, it was great seeing so many Formers, families, friends, and the awe-inspiring Diana Connor who were in attendance.
Our esteemed director and Pit Master, David Kipp, used the pit he received for his 20th
Anniversary leading the group to smoke roughly 30 briskets and 50 lbs. of sausage. This all-nighter began shortly after Open Rehearsal with David loading the meat onto the smoker in his tux prior to attending the Distinguished Alumni Dinner. Thank you David for sharing your new talent with all of us.
Saturday began with a picture perfect morning in Aggieland. The air was crisp, College GameDay was on hand, and formers and currents enjoyed another Sing-a-long together along with visitors, special guests, and even a few of our friends from Knoxville. It was an honor to have Mrs. Al Meyer in attendance. Our friend, Dr. Al Meyer, was missed, but had to be smiling down on all who attended Sing-a-long. Other VIP’s there were Missy Holloway and Condy Carter. During Sing-a-long we heard from Torii Kapavik
, Director of Development for Student Affairs, from the Texas A&M Foundation. She shared with us about the new Music Activities Center which will house the music programs of T.A.M.U., including the Singing Cadets. To learn more about this exciting project, please click here
or contact Torii Kapavik at 979.862.1247 or firstname.lastname@example.org
to learn more about how you can be a part of making this project a reality. Following Sing-a-long, attendees were treated to a delicious BBQ lunch with all of the trimmings. The food was excellent as were the drinks! Paul Dague came through once again with his famous margarita machine. Thank you Paul! The day concluded watching the Aggies BTHOT.
A special thank you to Holly Moore and Vickie Cook for all of your hard work in making this year’s reunion a success. We are so grateful for all of your efforts all of the time! Finally, I would like to again thank, on behalf of the AFSC Board, Corey Bowers '18. Corey is our Liaison this year and has done an amazing job keeping everyone informed. Thank you Corey for all of your efforts to make this reunion a success. Your behind the scenes work does not go unnoticed. Finally, I hope everyone will make an effort to support the Singing Cadets by attending one of their many concerts throughout the 2016-17 year. As we all remember, it means a lot to share the risers at the end of a concert. BTHO Bama! John Fry III AFSC President