After having been in the Gospel Music Ministry for a few years
I decided to attend the Hank Thompson School of Country Music
in the early 1980s to learn Music Theory and I got a lot more
than I bargained for!
Stan and I joined a group with Darrel Magee and Nancy Fox. Jeannie
Leigh joined us on the keyboard. We called ourselves "Diamonds
in the Rough" and we sang a lot of Gospel, some Sons of the
Pioneers western songs, and later joined up with Leon McAuliffe
as he formed his "All Christian Band" to do concert
tours, taking his steel guitar and his testimony to share what
the Lord had done in his life when he received Salvation and a
Diamonds in the Rough hosted many concerts at what was at that
time, Rogers State College, now, Rogers University in Claremore,
OK. Many years ago it had been a Military Academy. What a history!
In this gallery is a pictorial style history of our singing group,
"Diamonds in the Rough" as we lived and breathed music
in those days. Although the Country School of Music is no longer
there, the memories of those days will live on, our voices, our
laughter, and even our tears, forever a part of those hallowed
halls of learning. Those were the days, my friend, we thought
they'd never end. And perhaps they didn't.