Dusting off those rusty lips

Monday, May 9, 2011

Tom Mehelich 62

Tom Mehelich '62, Naples, Fla., found the courage to do it. And he couldn't be more proud. After a 55 year hiatus from playing the horn, Mehelich decided it would be fun to learn how to play the St. Cloud State University rouser. He e-mailed Glen Tuomaala, director of the Husky's Sports Band, and asked for the sheet music. Tuomaala directed Mehelich to the Husky Sports Band website where the music is posted.

For his part, Mehelich began to practice and practice and practice some more. He also listened to the Husky Sports Band's rendition. He slowly got better, all in the hopes of being able to play the rouser when the St. Cloud State hockey team traveled to Florida in December to play at the Florida College Hockey Classic in Estero, Fla.

"I brought the horn to the Husky game and while surrounded by Husky fans, did a few renditions of the rouser," Mehelich reported. "After winning the championship game, a group of us gathered in the arena parking lot and we did another stirring rendition of the song. We had a great time.

"I honestly did not know if I would be brave enough to play in a setting like that. It went well, so I am glad I did it."

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