Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

EASTER SUNRISE

In the early 50’s the powers-to-be at Hodges Gardens decided to have an Easter Sunrise Service. As a special treat they had invited down the Centenary College choir. My cousin and I, Charles Byrd, were familiar with playing the trumpet in the band. They asked us down to play the Silver Taps. He would get on one island and I would get on the other side and we would sort of echo each other. This was really a big deal for this area. The personnel at Hodges Gardens had worked hard and the gardens were immaculate, and it was certainly going to be a show that morning. They wanted to have practice the night before the sunrise service. They told Charles and me to get in a fishing boat and paddle to another island and play our trumpets. Charles asked me to stand up when we landed at the island and throw out this weight to stable and hold the boat. Not being too familiar with boats at that time I did just that. What I realized when I raised that weight a little high it tilted me over and here I went into the lake at Hodges. Of course, that wouldn’t just happen and I had to holler on my way into the water. To be technical about it, that was the first sound you actually heard before the concert - even before the choir sang. Something like “wow.” In addition to getting wet, I certainly took a ribbing from a lot of folks.

 

 

 

 

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