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Scecina alumni keep on twirling

   Scecina's Twilight Twirlers gathered before their stint in the Irvington Halloween Festival on Oct. 28. Their next gig is Dec. 2 in Nashville, Ind.    

By Charles Sinclair '67

Too old to twirl a baton? No way! say the Twilight Twirlers. 

Loosely modeled after a group in the Villages, Florida, these Scecina alumni prove that you’re never too old to go out and entertain the community.  The group’s inaugural performance was at the Irvington Halloween Festival parade on Saturday, October 28. Well, it’s hard to march without drums, so they’ve added a drumline. And banner carriers. And even a drum major.

Twilight Twirlers have had six practices in the parking lot at Little Flower Catholic Church this fall. Great way to get back in shape and even better way to make new friends and renew old friendships! No high aerial tosses, but the group has a sharp, coordinated look. The women work together to plan their routines and design “uniforms” appropriate to the performance.

The Twilights wish to invite other Scecina alumni who can twirl or play percussion to join. They are also considering adding a pompon group and flag corps. Interested? Just ask to join the Twilight Twirlers group on Facebook or send them a message. Even better – ask one!

The Twilights’ next performance? The Christmas Parade in Nashville, Ind., on Saturday evening, December 2. They’ll have wearable lights and lighted batons and drums. The group is also slated to march in the Indy St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday, March 16. 

Current members of the Twilight Twirling Corps include leaders Cindy Werner Woods ‘67, Ginny Walters Allen ‘68, Ann Bower Holmes‘70, and drum major Eileen Griffin Walters ‘71. Twirlers and banner carriers include Connie Eaton Hagist‘64, Melanie Munchel Sheets ‘66, Linda Harris Jerrell ‘68, Mary Ann McMahon Lowe ‘68, Katie Fahey ‘69, Vicky Spalding ‘69, Marilyn Smith Hasty ‘69, Barb Fiddler Lewis ‘73, Cheryl (Smith) Spencer '73, Michele Whisler '73, Diane Moorman Tracy ‘79. Members of the drumline are Charles Sinclair '67, Joe O’Connell ‘74, Rene DeLano ‘78, and Mike Bowron ‘78. Our photographer is Maureen Griffin ‘68

10 comments (Add your own)

1. Jan Schmidt Burkhart '62 wrote:
What a fun idea! As a former Scecina Band member, "Scecina Sweetie" twirler and Purdue All-American Marching Band majorette, I can testify that being a part of band was one of the best experiences of my life. Congratulations and good luck to the inaugural Twilight Twirlers, especially my cousin Mary Ann McMahon Lowe.

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2. Kathy Harbor Class of 71 wrote:
Love this concept! Crusader women (and men) rock!

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Not too late to join! Always looking for twirlers and drummers. Also wanting to expand with a pompom corps!!!

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