Tate Showband Of The South Getting A New Band Tower

June 21, 2022

Now this will bring back some memories for a lot of people.

Construction on a new band tower at Tate High School began on Monday.

“The first tower was located on the original front sideline facing the visitor bleachers. It was put up in the mid 70’s,” District 5 Escambia County School Board member Bill Slayton wrote on social media. He  was the band director for the Showband of the South from 1971 to 1987. “This tower (pictured) was put up when the new cafeteria was built and the field was turned 90 degrees.”

It is expected to take a few weeks to finish construction on the new tower.

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5 Responses to “Tate Showband Of The South Getting A New Band Tower”

  1. Thomas porter on June 23rd, 2022 9:56 am

    i was here at tate when they started building that and it looks good so far and i like it can’t wait to see the finish product they are doing real good in this heat I could not do that in this heat

  2. Whisperjet on June 22nd, 2022 5:44 am

    …well , I was in the Tate Band from 1959-1963…Joyce Sidorfsky never had a tower…she was probably 5 feet 6 inches…and that is as high as she.ever. got…but Tate band was always fun…

  3. '83 Band Member/ Drummer on June 21st, 2022 1:24 pm

    Many great memories from both the tower and the black top back in the early 80’s. Graduated in ‘83 and Mr. Slayton was definitely the one that helped to get most of us through school and become pretty good adults. Was not easy but certainly taught us responsibility. For that, I will always be grateful to him. Best friendships ever made was back in those days!

  4. Janice Stafford on June 21st, 2022 1:04 pm

    I remember this. Class of 1976. I was not in band but sure loved watching them. I lived close by and would ride my horse to the school during the summer and watch the band and football team practice.

  5. 1991Trumpet on June 21st, 2022 9:52 am

    This wasn’t my tower, it came after we left, but man there are many memories on that black top under the watchful eye of Mr. Hooten and before him Mr. Slayton! Many tan lines made over those summers and friendships still 20+ years later.

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