Grambling devoted twenty years of his life to Minden - the town, the school,
the band, the young people. During those twenty years he captured much of
spirit of Minden on film. His son, Greg, has allowed Minden Memories to make
those images available online. We express thanks to Greg. To Mr. Grambling,
express our respect, our admiration, our fondness, and our appreciation for
a job well
In 2003, William Turner Watson interviewed Mr. Grambling. From those
learned that Robert F. Grambling was born to James B. and Ethel Schegel
in 1921. Mr. Grambling was a "PK," a preacher's kid. Being Methodist, that
moving to different churches through the years. During his high school years
moved to Bogalusa where another band member caught his eye. This marked the
beginning of a love story that lasted more than 60 years. In 1943, Bob and
married by his father in New Orleans.
In 1947, Mr. Grambling was hired to replace the retiring Dwight Blake as
As the country and the parish recovered from the War years, more funds
available from the parish and the Band Booster Club. Minden Band grew and
our city well.
Music and photography kept Mr. Grambling very busy, but not too busy for his
or his family. He made time for his wife and children, Connie and Greg.
Today, she is
Dr. Connie Lane, professor of flute at South Carolina University. her
husband, Dr. G. B.
Lane, is a retired professor of music at South Carolina University, and
their daughter is
in Musical Engineering at the University of Miami. Greg makes his home in
where he is an adaptive physical education teacher. He supports and is
with handicapped sports activities throughout the area. Mrs Grambling
January, 2004. In May, Mr. Grambling made the decision to relocate to South
near Connie. He has been a life-long "learner," and has added harmonica and
guitar to his repertoire. Don't be surprised to see him next on the Grand
In 1967, he accepted an offer to direct the Byrd High Band in Shreveport,
where he was
a member of the Shreveport symphony. He had served Minden well. We of
Memories are proud to share some of “Bob’s Memories” with each of you.
His photo's are available by clicking on the
Bob Grambling site.