An effort is underway to help “preserve” those memories, according to Josh Roberts, coordinator.
Robert said they are looking for band members who would be willing to share photos, newspaper clipping, VHS and DVDs and other memorabilia.
He said they have talked to several of the former band directors in an effort find pieces.
“We have a great history,” Roberts said. “We want to preserve as much of that history as possible.”
Roberts noted the alumni group working on the project has been given several scrapbook albums — which he refers to as the “holy grail.”
While Roberts efforts are keyed toward the band, the albums are not exclusively band activities. There are photos of the walk made from Arnold School to the new Cleveland High School. There are also clippings on honors earned and more.
He noted it was agreed the high point for the band was its 1979 trip to the Orange Bowl.
Individuals who have more CHS items are asked to contact Roberts at info@Cleveland/ bandalumni.com or 423-244-6432.
Last year, an alumni band was organized to play at the homecoming. The organizers are hoping to have more former band members to join them for the next homecoming.
Roberts said they are making the music easy so former band members can sight read. The group is planning a memory lane party on July 19.
Roberts said the alumni band group is trying to organize so they can provide volunteers to help in band camp and in the future raise money for scholarships.
Former band members are urged to get involved with the alumni project.
“We will have our own cadence and write own music,” he said.