Darrell Mudd ’61 with a Host of SJMA Alumni Publish The Original Flippers; Proceeds Benefit TMP-Marian

The Original Flippers, a newly released book by Darrell Mudd ’61 (Author), Thomas Gardner Bunker ’56 (Contributor), John “CookE” Fross ’61 (Contributor), James Gross ’62 (Contributor), Lee Allen Leiker ’56 (Contributor), Dennis Rohr ’61 (Contributor), Wayne Smith (Contributor), and Terry Wierman ’61 (Contributor), is available for purchase!

Through the talents of Leon Staab ’65, the book also contains a number of photos documenting the lives and performances of the Original Flippers as well. Additionally, Brian Windholz ’62 was instrumental in editing the manuscript in preparation for publication.

All proceeds will benefit the TMP-Marian Alumni Association through the generosity of these gentlemen.

Purchase through Amazon or Amazon Smile.*


From Amazon.com:

From the rock and roll era, vibrant sounds come-alive in the following pages through memories of the Flippers band members and passionate fans. Founding band members would be graduates of an elite college prep high school located in Hays, Kansas; St. Joseph’s Military Academy, (SJMA). Loaded with regimentation, but when the Flippers arrived on stage, they lightened the atmosphere not only at their Alma-Mater but wherever they played their musical instruments. You will be an eyewitness to inside stories as told by band-members in their own words, some to be voiced for the first time. With guitars, a piano, saxophone, drums and a microphone, they aroused sons and daughters of the Greatest Generation to the lively new dance of Rock ‘n’ Roll.


The band is looking to schedule a book signing and reunion in conjunction with the TMP-Marian Homecoming September 15-16. More information will be provided when details are finalized.

*AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers. Select “Thomas More Prep-Marian High INC” as your charity for this and all future Amazon Purchases to further benefit our school.