And this time, another rock and roll band will be in town, featuring one of JHS’ talented alumni.
Gary Tindol, manager of T’s Honky Tonk, said the popular downtown Beeville watering hole and dance hall will again be the venue for the Great Trojan Reunion 2.
At a similar event last year, Tindol said an estimated 400 ex-students showed up at the honky-tonk.
This year, he expects to have even more graduates at the party. In fact, the T’s crowd and organizers of the event plan to close off the entire parking lot outside the club between the 200 blocks of West Bowie and West Hefferman streets.
And this time, the band will play outside instead of in the club.
The band for the event will be Suede, a group from Austin.
“I mean, these guys are big time,” Tindol said.
Just ask Danny Swinney, Suede’s bass player and a 1971 graduate of JHS.
“We do everything from old standards at weddings to classic rock and current rock,” Swinney said of the group.
Swinney, the son of Pat Herzog of Beeville and Sterling Swinney of Corpus Christi, said he moved to Austin in 1973 after finishing classes at what was then Bee County College.
He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Texas in Austin in 1978 and worked as a substitute teacher in Hutto for a few years. He also played bass in the hit Austin rock band Too Smooth.
These days, Swinney is enrolled in nursing school at Temple Junior college working on becoming a registered nurse.
He signed on to play bass with Suede in 2007. It is the perfect gig for a single man.
Swinney said the band started almost as a fluke. The guys all had country music backgrounds, but they all wanted to play some rock. So they started jamming together on Sundays and, before they knew it, they had fans begging for more.
They were discovered one night in 2009 while playing at an Austin club. Comedian George Lopez was in Austin performing, and he happened to walk into the club one night when the group was playing.
Lopez approached the guys that night and said he would like to get them to Los Angeles for some gigs. But it was the end of that year before they heard anything out of the comedy star.
After that, their success was like a whirlwind. “We played all over the country with him for two and a half years,” Swinney said. “We even did a show at Radio City Music Hall. It was a musician’s dream.”
Swinney said the band is booked now until 2014, with gigs scheduled all over Texas. So it will be a rare treat for the Beeville crowd to hear them.
Swinney said the group still opens for Lopez from time to time.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.