To all of you ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s WHS graduates and music lovers of Waxahachie, if you didn’t make it out to the WAXAJAM held in the Waxahachie Civic Center Saturday, Oct. 10, you missed a truly memorable event.
This year’s WAXAJAM paid special tribute to Sammy Compton, class of ’65, along with his other music comrades who have gone on before us, Bill Estes ’70, Nick Esparza ’67, Ronnie Dawson ’57, Larry Vasseur ’65, Mike O’Daniel ’63, Terry Roe ’68, and J. Lee Beck ’72.
Musicians from the WHS classes of the ‘60s and early ‘70s were present and on stage to play songs from our favorite groups of that era. Music played that night included hits from Floyd Cramer, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry, The Big Bopper, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Beatles, The Righteous Brothers, Frankie Ford, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Animals, Credence, Eric Clapton, Cream, Johnny Rivers, Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, The Byrds, The Almand Brothers Band, and many other groups popular in our high school days.
I know all of the WHS graduates from the past who were there had to feel the same nostalgia that was running through my veins. What a rush it was as each song opened a door into a time gone by, allowing us a brief but vibrant feeling of our youth and the joy that surrounded it. How wonderful it was to hear a song played by these reunited musicians of WHS and have it remind you of a special period or moment in your life during your high school days. And how exciting it was to look around and see so many of your classmates and friends that you haven’t seen in a long, long time, some 40 or 50 years or more.
During this reunion of musicians and classmates at WAXAJAM, it is certain that most of those in attendance contemplated the subject of TIME. Like, where has it gone? Were we actually that young once? And, my goodness, how things have changed in 50 or 60 years.
I can truly say that for those who showed up, we all shared a glimpse of the past, and what a wonderful experience it was.
Thanks to all of those people associated with the WAXAJAM whose time and efforts made this a special night. Thanks to all of our sponsors and donators of the silent auction items whose generosity was so much appreciated.
A special thanks goes out to Sam and Jean Taylor who not only gave birth to the WAXAJAM, but nurtured it for 12 years into a successful and charitable annual event that brings happiness to many and help to others. Thanks again Sam and Jean.
Richard “Dickie” Todd is a member of the Waxahachie High School Class of 1968 and a long-time WAXAJAM participant.