An era in Mason County history is about to be resurrected. 'The Rounders: A country music band born and bred in Mason, will be returning to the stage on Saturday, May 30th, at the Ft. Mason Park Community Building from 8:00pm-12:00pm for the Rounders Reunion II Dance.
Come reminisce with 'The Rounders'. Come two-step to those unforgettable songs of yesteryear. Dance once more to songs like "Heartaches by the Number", and "Fraulein" and "The Auctioneer". The Rounders are back....better than ever.....maybe for the last time!
The original Rounder made up of Kelsey Behrens, Mike Lange and Ronnie Schulze, began playing together in 1964, during high school.
Jay Lee Marek, ag teacher at Mason High School, "made" Kelsey and Mike represent Mason as the FFA talent team in 1967. Competition began at Tarleton State College in Stephenville at the Tarleton Judging Contest, which they won. The competition ended with 'The Rounders' winning the State FFA Talent Competition in Austin. The team received an invitation to the National competition, but neither family could afford to send them.
'The Rounders' continued to play during college at Tarleton State, where they picked up Bill Neal (Dublin) and Jim Gardner (Waco). Their weekends were booked at Pat's Hall in Fredericksburg, London Hall in London. Panther Hall Annex in Ft. Worth, the Masse Lodge in Andrews and many high school, college and rodeo dances.
'The Rounder' television appearances included the Pioneer Jamberee in Odessa and The Morning Show in Austin.
The first Rounders Reunion was in early 2000. They were then invited and returned that summer to play for the Mason Rodeo Dance.
Appearing with 'The Rounders this time will be Sammy Geistweidt-an honorary Rounder. In the past Sammy would sit in with 'The Rounders' as he was learning to play the guitar.
So......Mark your calendar! Make reservations! Dig out those dancing boots! 'The Rounders are returning to Mason!!!!
Deborah K. Lange