Photographs by: Bob Grambling
Submitted by: Greg Grambling
Fortitude and Delicacy for Sports Parade
by Margaret Ann Jones Dampier
This is what was required of a majorette from 1953 through 1958. Sun sweltering August days
were when it began each year. Preparation began for at least eleven football game performances.
Practice made perfect every 3rd hour class period and at least one night a week. Drummers and
majorettes put in extra time after school.
Chalk board graphic studies were drilled for half time performances, district and state competitions,
concerts, special military marching competitions, parades, fairs and festivals. Creating
choreography for the music was always fun but required much fortitude and delicacy. These
routines were combined with band members who wore costumes such as the fanny flappers
(Linda Lee Mims), turn of the century attire (Earlene Mendenhall), tux outfits, suspenders,
suspenders with a wine barrel. There were many varied shows.
In 1956 we caused a laughing riot in the stands during half-time when Mary Celeste Brown
repeatedly lost her majorette skirt while doing an Indian dance. Bob Grambling was furious
because we didn’t move off to the side line, but mostly because we thought it was hilarious fun!
In 1952 and 1953 Jane Grubbs was on parade and Dan Pace took such a fancy that he married
the majorette. Later on in 1957 and 1958 he was closing up his barber shop along with Fort’s
News Stand to watch majorettes on parade. Sandra Pullig’s tan legs and Carla Faye Green’s
blonde hair always drew a crowd.
From 1953 through 1955 the idol among majorettes was Mary Ellen Bailey. Her loving personality
and great leadership was admired by all. Sue Tatom and Barbara Bryan were two of the
majorettes who worked closely with her. She was a mentor to many. We learned to cherish
every day of life as a precious gift. As a freshman band member I sat next to her. The French
horn and Saxophone sections bordered. The whole band loved her dearly.
Mary Ellen was a mentor, a friend, and left a void in band leadership hard to follow. Being a
drum majorette was a major undertaking.
A “Thunderer” whistle was the best. It could be heard two city blocks and was used to be sure
the band was directed clearly over other bands and sounds. Fifteen commands were used with
the whistle and large baton. Each command depends on the route of parade and pace or on the
music and performance routine. Timing and distance paced were imperative. Giving the wrong
signal or command might result in you going one way and the band the other or just a total
disaster! Examples of a mere few of these commands were: drums on the hoops, drums on
the head, full pace, counter march, half pace, roll off for music and flanks.
There was a special bond among majorettes. We had lots of work hours, laughs, and even
silly nick names for each other. The older or experienced ones always helped to train the ones
who were newer and to move up later. In 1955 Jackie “Tootsie” Batton was a prime example
of moving up the rank. She was a stately figure of an intelligent leader who stepped in to fill
Mary Ellen’s boots. Earlene Mendenhall, Sandra Pullig and Barbara Bryan followed as
majorettes. This was a hard time and the only time we had three girls on line instead of four.
However, Ronald Miller was a great feature twirler and helped to fill the void and hurt. He even
twirled fire at times. He tried to teach me, but I was afraid my red hair would really “flame.”
In 1956 Mary Celeste Brown, Belle Zachry, myself, and Earlene served under “Tootsie” Batton.
Earlene and I are childhood friends and had lots of fun. She had a petite figure and turned lots
of heads on parade. Mary Celeste and I could be down right silly and were full of lots of
monkey business. Earlene put up with a lot!
1957 changed my spirit and I received more responsibility as drum majorette. Sandra Crockett
and Linda Monzingo joined Belle and Mary Celeste on front line. They were great girls and
worked so hard. I appreciated them greatly. In the heat of early summer our band parents sent
us to the Cotton Carnival in Memphis, TN. I have never been so hot in my life. Linda looked at
me before the parade in her sweet voice and said, “Margaret! Look how wide the streets are!”
Well, the route was also longer than the State Fair one in Shreveport. When it was over we all
crashed for water in the first Memphis bar we could find. My heavy rabbit hat came off fast.
We earned this honor of parade! In 1958 I continued to lead. Glenda Fields and Diane Green
joined the rank with Linda and Sandra. I began to be a mentor to Sandra just as Mary Ellen and
Tootsie did for me. You have to want the responsibility to be a head majorette. Sandra was a
lovely girl and worked hard. And as goes the history of Minden High School majorettes.
We tried to have fortitude with delicacy. I hope we succeeded.
Bob Grambling's First Band 1947
1947-1948: Front Row: Robert Grambling, Charles Toland, W. C. Floyd,
Fred Berry, Dale Rogers, Billy Don Adams, Colleen Montgomery, Steve
Kirkikis, Billy Gleason, Bobby Warren, Wayne Barron, Tommy Anders, Jeane
Majorettes2.55 This is Bob Grambling's first band.
This picture is dated 1946. Jeanne Owens, drum major. Front line girls Bess Hunter,
Sue Tatom, Joyce Dulany and Dorothy Jean Hunter.I see Will Garriss behind Bess on Bass horn.
Behine Sue, Glover Sanders, Behind Joyce Dulany - Nell Gilbert and behind Dorothy Jean -
I think Perry Sanders ? and then Jimmy Dale Souter.
Does anyone know who the little girl and boy is.
Submitted by Joyce Dulany Anderson, Class of 1952
Majorettes 2.5 for 1947-48
Submitted by Rowland Ivy
Bess Hunter, Bess Wall, Keitha Clement, Gene Pugh, Jeane Owens
Majorette 1 - Jean Owen, Class of 1951
Submitted by Rowland Ivy
Majorette 2 - Left to right Keitha Clement, Jean Owen, and Bess Hunter
Majorette 3 - From left to right: Keitha Clement, Rene Pugh, Jeane Owen,
Gene Pugh, Bess Hunter
After Jean Owens Graduated Bess Hunter became drum majorette.
Majorette 3.5. Bess Hunter
1952 Drum Majorette
Submitted by Ben Hunter
Majorette 4 - Majorette Practice in 1953 - Majorette Practice 1953,
#4, Sue Tatom, Bobbie Moore, Jane Grubbs & Mary Ellen Bailey
Carla Faye Green, Nan Hunter Jimmy Dale Souter & Mrs. Grambling
Majorette 5 - Jane Grubbs, Bobbie Moore, Sue Tatum and Mary Ellen Bailey
were majorettes in 1952. Head Majorette was Bess Hunter
Majorettes5.5 Jane Grubbs, Bobbie Moore, Mary Ellen Bailey, Sue Tatum and
Bess Hunter was drum majorette in 1952
Majorettes 5.55 Jean Owens, Class of 1951
Submitted by Rowland Ivy, Class of 1952
Majorette 6 - Mary Ellen Bailey was the head majorette in 1953.
Majorette 7 -Barbara Bryan, Sandra Pullig, Carla Faye Green, Ronald Bryan,
Jackie Batton and Mary Elen Bailey
Majorette 8 -1952-1953
Seated left to right are Barbara Bryan and Sandra Pullig
Standing left to right are Carla Faye Green, Mary Ellen Bailey and Jackie Batton
Majorette 9 - Barbara Bryan, Sandra Pullig, Carla Faye Green, Jackie "Tootsie" Batton, Mary Ellen Bailey
and Ronald Miller 1953
Majorette10 - 1953-54 Ronald Miller - Jackie Batton - Sandra Pullig - Mary Ellen Bailey - Barbara Bryan
& Earlene Mendenhall 1954
Majorettesthree - . Mary Ellen Bailey, Carla Faye Green and Sandra Pullig
Majorette 11 - Jackie Batton, Classs of 1956
Majorette 12 - Earlene Mendenhall, Barbara Bryan, Jackie Batton, Sandra Pullig and Robert Miller
2TWIRLER53 -Ronald Miller, Class of 1955
Jackie Batton, Belle Zachry, Margaret Jones, Mary Celeste Brown, Earlene Mendenhall
Majorette14 - 1956 - Earlene Mendenhall, Mary Celeste Brown,
Margaret Ann Jones, Belle Zachary, Jackie Batton
Majorettes 15 - , School year 1956-57. L to R: Margaret Jones, Belle Zachry,
Linda Monzingo, Sandra Crockett, Mary Celeste Brown
These are the majorettes from the 1957-58 school year. Pictured L to R are Linda Monzingo,
Glenda Fields, Sandra Crockett and Diane Green. I'm sure the person behind Bob Grambling
is Margaret Jones, the head majorette.
Majorette16-They are picture in the 1959 Grig, but not in the same order. From left to right:
Glenda Fields, Judy Crockett, Sandra Crockett, Diane Green and Patsy Kleinegger
Majorette17-Sylvia Holomon Norwood & Jann Aldredge
Clanton @ Ole Miss majorettes' camp ca. 1962.
Majorette18-This is a picture of the majorettes taken at the Memphis Cotton Festival in the spring of ' 63. Left to right: Brenda Rushing, Waynette Farrington, Sylvia Holomon, Pam Hoefield, Jann Aldredge, and Eve Baskerville and Mary Margaret Evans, head majorette. Photo taken by Bob Grambling.
Submitted by Waynette Farrington Sharon
Majorette19-Taken majorette camp in the summer of '63 at Kilgore
Junior College where we met and worked with the wonderful Gussie
Nell Davis- founder of the famous Kilgore Rangerettes. Top row left to
right: Bettye Lou Cunningham, Cindy Williams, Jann Aldredge, Sylvia
Holomon, Mary Margaret Evans. Bottom row: Eve Baskerville, unknown
girl from Texas, Waynette Farrington.
MAJORETTE 20 -1962-63 L-R: Brenda Rushing, Waynette Farrington, Sylvia Holomon,
Mary Margaret Evans, Pam Hoefeld,
MAJORETTE 21 -MARY MARGARET EVANS, CLASS OF '64
MAJORETTE 22 -Betty Lou Cunnigham McClure, Cindy Williams Brewer, Sylvia Holomon Norwood,
Jann Aldredge Clanton, Eve Baskerville, Mary Margaret Evans Fattel,
& Waynette Farrington Sharon
MAJORETTE 23-Waynette Farrington, Sylvia Holomon,
and Eve Baskerville
MAJORETTE 24 -Mary Margaret Evans '64
MAJORETTE 25 - Cindy Williams, head majorette,
Majorette 26 - Janice Smith, Cheryl Parker, Anita Jones, Sharon Fussell,
Sitting Susan Garcia, head turned
should be Suzanne Haywood, though I was not familiar
with the back of her head so I cannot be 100% sure.
That is why the picture was never used. She was a majorette that year.
This picture was identified as 1965-66 Majorette's
Identified by Greg Grambling
Janice Smith Allison ____ (was once married to Jimmy Allison)
Suzanne Haygood Odom
Anita Jones Kratzer Dulaney
Sharon Fussell Graves Walker(?) (Graves died and she remarried
a man from Homer whom I think is named "Walker.")
Margaret Baird (know only maiden name) (She would be a granddaugher of F.B. Treat, Sr.)
Majorette 27 - 1965 Grig, page 84 Cindy Williams, Betty Lou Cunningham, Cheryl Parker,
Barbara Garlang, Anita Jones and Janice Smith
3. Cheryl Parker Whatley
4. Suzanne Haygood Odom
6. Anita Jones Kratzer Dulaney
Majorette 28 - June Allison Smith - 1966
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