Geneva’s 2018 alumni band: a record attendance
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Geneva College’s 2018 Homecoming marked the fifteenth alumni band under Coach Donald Kephart’s direction. The performance on Reeves Field featured two hundred fifteen returning alumni joined with one hundred five current band members.
Typically between seventy-five and eighty alumni participate in the alumni band. As this was the final alumni band led by Kephart, there was an overwhelming response.
This year, musicians from all across the United States were featured, as well as a flute player returning from London.
The band performed “Elk’s Parade,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “We’re an American Band,” and “Trooper Salute.” Participants were given the music and learned the pieces the morning of the performance.
Coach Kephart started at Geneva in 1983 and the alumni band began in 1990. About forty alumni returned in 1990. The roster of alumni has increased with the program’s growth.
“It’s been a real family feel for group,” said Kephart. “That’s the way we’ve always tried to establish the band, and it’s not just the playing. It’s not just ‘you’re an instrumentalist’. We want you to keep doing that. God has graciously given you a gift to be able to perform in that way.”
Over the years, a number of notable alumni returned to participate in alumni band. Madge Adams, a matriarch of the college, from the class of 1944 once played with her son and granddaughter. Charles McBurney from the class of 1938 once played with his son and granddaughter.
Kephart will be retiring at the end of the 2018-19 school year with thirty-six years of memories.