Robert Mevec is an ambitious man.
Mevec has set out to do something no one has done before: to collect photos, sound recordings, memorabilia and all sorts of other items and to create an archival DVD commemorating the Liverpool High School marching band's first 40 years.
It all started out with scrapbooking, Mevec, a 1979 LHS graduate, said. I have a lot of pictures and memories. I've been going to a lot of reunions. I started thinking that people would really enjoy looking at this.
Mevec comes from a long line of marching band alums. He was a member from 1978 to 1979. His sister took part in color guard from 1977 to 1980, and his brother was in the drum line from 1980 to 1984.
It's just something about marching band, Mevec said. If you were in it, you got the bug and you always have it with you.
Mevec has a friend who was part of West Genesee's marching band who took on a similar project. The West Genny grad put together a four-DVD set memorializing the band's early decades. Mevec decided he wanted to follow suit, focusing on the band's first 40 years.
I couldn't find anything earlier than 1950, so that's my starting point, he said. I think the tradition of the beginning is more important than what's going on today. There's no history in today. I don't want to lose anything from the original time. That's why I'm focusing on the first 40 years.
Mevec is having a bit of trouble with the endeavor -- and that's why he needs the community's help.
I talked to [Elizabeth] Dailey [executive director of the Liverpool Public Library] and she said that everything they'd had was destroyed, he lamented. They got rid of all of their old records.