Stalwart band volunteer has been in musicians’ shoes

Jay Band booster Nancy Gibler stands in front of the Jazz Band during a short break in her duties at the annual spaghetti dinner on Thursday evening in the school’s cafeteria. March is Music in Our Schools Month.

Jay Band booster Nancy Gibler stands in front of the Jazz Band during a short break in her duties at the annual spaghetti dinner on Thursday evening in the school’s cafeteria. March is Music in Our Schools Month. Photo by Kelley McCall.

The muted swish-swish of hundreds of feet slapping the tiny pebbles in-time was a nostalgic sound when Nancy Gibler returned to the Jefferson City High School stadium to see her daughter, Alexandra, march with the Jay Band along the track to the field four years ago.

“The sounds, sights, smells — your memories are tied to those,” Gibler said.

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The long, hot field show rehearsals; the demand for precision in marching and playing; the drive and pride to deliver an outstanding performance — those are family traditions, not only for the Gibler family, but for the Jay Band family as well.

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