Letter to the Editor

Calling all former CHS band members

Thursday, November 20, 2008

To former Cassville High School band members and students of John Knight:

The Cassville Wildcat Band is working to bring a legend of the music world to Cassville High School. John Knight was director of bands in Cassville around the 1970s. John is currently professor of music at the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. It is our desire to bring Mr. Knight back to work with our students in the Wildcat Band.

I have contacted John Knight, and he was very excited about returning to his old stomping grounds and work with our students. We also want to provide John with a bit of a reunion with his old students. John will arrive in Cassville on Jan. 23, 2009, and will conduct the band on Jan. 24.

We are hoping to reserve a room at a restaurant on the Jan. 23 so that former students can visit and remember the good old days. This will be followed by a concert with Mr. Knight conducting on the Jan. 24. The concert will be at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

If you were a former student of John's and want to participate in this reunion all you need to do is call the high school office at 847-3137. Tell them that you would like to register for the reunion with John Knight. Leave your name, address and phone number and we'll contact you.

John has volunteered to do this free of charge. Thus, we would appreciate donations from attendees to help defray the cost of his flight. When making your reservation, please let us know if you could make a small donation. We will contact you within a few days of your phone call and let you know all the plans.

John is really excited to see his former students. If you know of any former students that may not see this letter, we would appreciate you contacting them and letting them know about his return to Cassville. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


Steven L. Lyons

Director of Instrumental Music Education

Cassville High School

Cassville, Missouri