Return to the cave

Chances are, if you went to school in Rolla during the 1960s and early ’70s, you probably heard, or maybe even partied to the music of the Jaguars and Miller’s Cave.

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Initially formed around 1964, The Jaguars were a combination of Rolla High, Dixon High and Missouri S&T (then UMR) students. Playing the music of the day, they were popular on campus and even won the “Campus Talent ’66” show. Between graduations and a very active military at the time, there were continual changes in the band’s line-up, but the music continued.

Fast-forward to 1969, when there was a name change to Miller’s Cave. This evolution played at many of the eating clubs and fraternities in Rolla, as well as many gigs in Fort Leonard Wood, Columbia and St. Louis.

“It was a way that we made money as students,” says former Miller’s Cave member Hugh Cole, EMgt’72. “Many of us depended on band income to pay for school.”

This year at St. Pat’s, after a 46-year hiatus, the bands re-formed at the Black Box Theatre in Castleman Hall to play and record this special occasion.

Band members in attendance included:

  • Hugh Cole, EMgt’72
  • Dean Park, EE’72
  • Herb Smith, AE’72, PhD ME’79
  • Dale Walterman, EMgt’71
  • Gerry Hart, EMgt’71
  • Dave Trost, Engl’72
  • Jim Labit, ME’69
  • Chuck Miller, CE’68, MS CE’70
  • Lee Testorff, Phys’68
  • Bill Meeker, ME’68
  • Don Bowman, a 1966 Dixon High School graduate and a 1976 Missouri State University graduate.

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