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SFA Lumberjack Marching Band, Twirl-o-Jacks alumni to perform before SFA game

Among the participants will be feature twirler in 1948 and 1949, Mary Jo Morris. She’s no 90 years old and will be twirling. (Source: KTRE Staff) Among the participants will be feature twirler in 1948 and 1949, Mary Jo Morris. She’s no 90 years old and will be twirling. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Participants in the pre-game show will be performing a familiar routine to Wabash Cannonball. (Source: KTRE Staff) Participants in the pre-game show will be performing a familiar routine to Wabash Cannonball. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Among the participants will be feature twirler in 1948 and 1949, Mary Jo Morris. She’s now 90 years old and will be twirling. (Source: KTRE Staff) Among the participants will be feature twirler in 1948 and 1949, Mary Jo Morris. She’s now 90 years old and will be twirling. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

The Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Marching Band and Twirl-O-Jacks alumni will show off their talent and spirit on Saturday. 

They'll be at the pre-game show of the Lumberjack football game. Members are practicing their moves in preparation for the big performance.

SFA Lumberjack Marching Band Alumnus Brandon Beavers is a sport. He's not accustomed to a saxophone solo of Wabash Cannonball with a few former Twirl-O-Jacks He remembers performances this way.

The tune is catchy. So is the bond said Chelsey Brewer, a Twirl-O-Jack from 2002 to 2007. 

"I still get goosebumps when I hear the drumline and when I see the band come on the field,” Brewer said. “There's just a sense of pride."

That thought is reflected through pre-registration for this weekend's reunion and pre-game performance. Paige Pattillo Brown, the feature twirler from 1996 to 2000 says its beyond her expectations. 

"This year there are 115 that have registered,” Patillo Brown said. “There are 70 that have agreed to perform out there on the field. For pre-game there are people that have been in the band and twirlers from 1948 all the way up to last year."

Mary Jo Morris at a young 90 years old plans to perform. The feature twirler out of three back in 1948 and 1949 is a true inspiration for much younger Twirl-O-Jacks. 

"She's coming back and yes, she's twirling,” Patillo Brown said.

Participants said they're a bit nervous about Saturday's performance, but one thing is going for them said 1993-2003 Twirl O Jack Candice Curbow. 

"Wabash was one of those routines that you will never forget,” Curbow said.

Over the years, the directory for former band members was lost.

Any alumnus who is hearing about this weekend’s reunion for the first time is urged to register by Friday on the SFA Lumberjacks Band Facebook page. 

The pre-game show starts shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium on the SFA campus. 

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