THE IRON PEN by Daniel Hite

August 25, 2010

Reunion Reflections

Filed under: Liberty,secularism,spiritual heritage — danielhite @ 10:03 am

Last Saturday, I attended an unusual reunion — it was a gathering of my public high school choir alumni to sing together and also honor our teacher/director who, for 28 years, touched the lives of thousands of students.  Why would we do this?  Well, if you are a music lover, singer or wanna-be, you understand the draw.  Also, as we discussed over dinner following the event, classic music, secular and sacred, is not taught as it should be.  Classics are classics because of the enduring quality of the music and lyrics.  Those who know their music history cannot deny the overwhelming evidence of the dominance of sacred themes, the origin of notation, and the great spiritual heritage left to us by the masters.  S.D.G. was Bach’s signature on all of his cantatas as well as other pieces. (Soli Deo gloria —“to God alone glory”).  Ecclesiastical Latin texts and Biblical lyrics/themes are historical staples in choral repertoire.  The theme of the birth of Jesus Christ (the real Christmas) alone accounts for myriad musical messages.  Back to the reunion…what I discovered was that our instructor had spiritually influenced the lives of all of his music students and dramatically impacted them for life.  How?…by directing them to the lyrics of the choral repertoire.   Sure enough, as I counted the songs on one of the albums made by one of our successful string of choirs and ensembles, a full 75% of the songs had Christian/Biblical themes, and the music was glorious, memorable and fulfilling.  As we reminisced and testified, all the comments of my fellow choir alums echoed the same thing:  what a blessing our director had been to us. Not only did he teach us about music, but also about life and its focus.  (Thanks for the memories, Mr Buffaloe!)  We honored him that day with our commendations, thanks, and an engraved oval stating how he had “enriched our lives with the gift of music,” and etched at its base, Soli Deo gloria.



  1. dan i had a really great time. it was good to see everyone after 40 years.everybody looked really good. i think we should start looking into naming the chorus room after mr. buffaloe.that would be a present from the alumni. what do you think…lets keep in touch….god bless linda wheeler

    Comment by linda wheeler — August 25, 2010 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

    • Good idea!…maybe a scholarship fund? Some are kicking these things around.

      Comment by danielhite — August 26, 2010 @ 8:19 am | Reply

  2. I think you hit the nail on the head Dan. As we sing or listen to secular or spiritual music our Heavenly Father can talk to us through the Holy Ghost and tell us the truths he would like all his children to know. That is one reason we feel so good and it warms our hearts. It touches me in a way I feel like I’m home- the warmth, peace, security as if I am…home. You have always been special to me while growing up. I guess I didn’t know until now. It must be the feeling of a kindred spirit. Thanks

    Comment by M. Jean Belton — August 25, 2010 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Jean.

      Comment by danielhite — August 26, 2010 @ 8:20 am | Reply

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