Retiree honors pact, auditions for FSU band

Published On: Aug 05 2014 08:59:38 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2014 09:00:41 AM EDT

A 72-year-old man is making good on a pact he made with a friend during graduate school at Florida State University. He's returning to Tallahassee to audition for the FSU Marching Chiefs band.
Graham Shaw of Lynn Haven began practicing with gold-colored cymbals in April. He told the News Herald of Panama City that his late friend Doug Kerley provides the inspiration to "make the band" after retirement.
His efforts will raise money for cancer research in honor of Kerley, who died in 2000.
Marching Chiefs' assistant drum major Michael Keyogh says Shaw will find lots of competition in the percussion section, which typically has the most students auditioning. But he wishes Shaw all the best in his Aug. 15 audition.
Shaw is banking on keeping his 50-year-old pact.


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