Nov. 24, 1971

Charlotte Observer librarian Maria David published this online “Retro Charlotte” column on Nov. 30, 2016 under the headline, “West Charlotte’s Marching Lions and their really good day, 1971.”

The piece focused on a report by local columnist Kays Gary, published Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1971, the day before Thanksgiving. It recounted the “Thank You Charlotte” marching band performance at the high school.

The event marked the successful end to a fund-raising drive to raise $5,000 for new marching band uniforms. Gary wrote that Sarah Stevenson was PTA president at the time.