I can’t remember all of the names of the bands that formed in high school, but I can remember a few of the musicians.
There were a few times the bands would be allowed to play on the stage in the lunchroom. I’m not sure how or why it was allowed but it was.
Some of the musicians I remember are Ted Mortimer, Eddie Little, Tim Brookshire, Mark Culvard and Sammy Howard.
Before them, there was a band named Osprey that consisted of Roger Chapman and Kirby Miles.
One of the highlights was watching and listening to Sammy Howard play the guitar solo to “Free Bird” at a talent show. For those of you that aren’t from around here, “Free Bird” was and is to some still the rock ‘n’ roll anthem of the South.
I haven’t kept up with the folks I have mentioned and am not sure they are still playing music or not.
But there is a group of guys from around here that I, along with many others, have kept up with as they have been performing together since about 1987.
The band is called The Thrillhammers. It consists of Shannon Bobo, Wayne Bagwell, Greg Brooks and Chris Chandler.
The band plays rock ‘n’ roll music with a southern flavor. They have a local following like none I have ever seen before. And although they play rock music, I have never seen any action or heard any language come from them that makes them anything but family friendly.
In other words, you can take your kids or your grandparents without worrying about anything being inappropriate. These guys are all about family.
The only time I have ever been kicked out of a show is when The Thrillhammers were playing at Sidelines. No, I wasn’t drinking and acting a fool. I simply didn’t buy tickets ahead of time and they were sold out. Some wouldn’t care. But Chris sent me a couple of Thrillhammer T-shirts as a gift because I didn’t get to see the show.
When Chris Chandler isn’t playing music, he is running Chandler Graphics along with his wife Pam. They have decaled cars. They have created and hung signs. Many shirts you see around town with writing on them were designed at their business. And they have made zillions of political signs. But I have never seen them be political.
There are probably higher standards at a Thrillhammers show than you can find in any political arena. Like I said, they are all about family.
Many just recently learned Chris is facing a battle with lung cancer. It would be easier to understand if he was a smoker but he is not. I guess sometimes things just happen that are beyond our comprehension.
Numerous people have gone on social network sites and changed their profile picture to one including Chris. Dozens have sent prayers for his strength as he fights this battle.
They have done this because Chris and Pam Chandler are good people that treat people with kindness. And Chris, with the help of his wife Pam, will defeat this enemy called cancer.
Hearing this news caused me to pick up my Bible. Actually, I read the Bible online, but the content was the same.
It teaches us that it rains on the just and the unjust. I can’t think of a better example of it raining on the just than this situation with Chris.
Sometimes we as humans just can’t understand the master plan. So many times it seems as if those that do evil do so without any consequence. And then when we see something bad happen to someone good, it puzzles us. However, neither situation is ours to judge.
I believe God will be glorified as Chris fights this battle and when he defeats this enemy called cancer. Furthermore, there is no doubt Chris, Pam and their kids will give God the glory now and when he becomes cancer free.
Please pray for this family. They are just and worthy of your prayers. If the situation was reversed, they would pray for you.
I am probably considered more on the unjust side. But this situation has caused me to read the Bible. You see Chris, God is already working through you.
Chris Collett is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County.