Happy Birthday to the K-Rodeo

It’s the big five-zero for the Kindergarten Rodeo this year. The Class of 2031 will be performing this time-honored tradition three times this year for different audiences on Thursday, January 24, and Friday, January 25. One of the performances is designated for the Class of 2019 and former faculty and alumni and will be followed by a special alumni and former faculty luncheon in the Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center. 
 
The K-Rodeo, as it is affectionately known, began in the 1968-69 academic year. Then Kindergarten Teacher Melinda Miller created the program. She tapped Dan Bloch H’06, Middle School Science Teacher, to play the banjo when she saw him playing for his class one day. Bloch embraced that role in the very first rodeo, playing “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” He played for the morning kindergarten and afternoon kindergarten performances, and the performance took place in the advancement area of the Schwartz Administration Building, which served as the kindergarten classroom. Bloch recalls that there were only a few rodeo events done silently – bucking bronco and steer wrestling – in the show and they lasted much longer than today’s events because Miller did not blow a horn to end competition. He loved the rodeo so much that he offered to play background music the following year. Miller said yes. Read more at K-Rodeo.
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