Fr. Mike Scully, O.F.M. Capuchin, wore many hats during his tenure at Thomas More Prep-Marian, teacher, administrator and is probably most remembered, as the leader of the original TMP Folk Chorus. The Folk Chorus traveled extensively, performing at different venues including many masses throughout the year and even recorded several albums under the leadership of our beloved Fr. Mike. Dr. Paul ’78 Camarata and Governor Dr. Jeff ’78 Colyer, conceived the idea to honor Fr. Mike Scully with a “Folk Chorus Reunion,” at the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Wistfully, this was also the final weekend Dr. Colyer would serve the State of Kansas as Governor.
Among those in attendance, were 27 members of the 1970 to 1984 Folk Chorus, the era Fr. Mike directed. In addition, spouses and immediate family of Folk Chorus members were also present, which swelled the overall number to approximately sixty. Moreover, Chad Meitner, TMP-Marian Principal, Troy ’93 Ruda, TMP-Marian Advancement Director, along with Duane and Mary ’77 (Wilkerson) Lang, Alumni Office Manager, represented the school at this event. Folk Chorus members attended a practice session in the morning from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Everyone enjoyed a relaxed lunch of pizza and soda. The concert commenced at 1:00 p.m. and lasted approximately an hour. It was held in the Rotunda on the second floor of the State Capitol Building where their voices resonated skyward into the dome. Following the concert, Governor Colyer took everyone that wished to attend, on a tour into the private offices of the Governor. Capitol tours were held on the hour all day long and were available to anyone who wished to go.
Folk Chorus Alumni in attendance were Marie ‘84 (Rajewski) Schmidt, Mike ‘77 Catlett, Tammy ‘84 (Haas) Gipson, Mike ‘83 Ewert, Bob ‘84 Paulbeck, Mike ‘81 Michaud, Cody ‘82 Chavat, Amy ‘84 Staab, Jerry ‘82 Michaud, George ‘72 White, Glenn ‘74 Braun, Tony ‘77 Pianalto, Jeff ‘78 Colyer, Duane ‘80 Weninger, Bob ‘75 Moeder, Ed ‘82 Pianalto, Curt ‘78 Leiker, Al ‘77 Schmidt, Jim ‘70 Buchheister, Bruce ‘76 Lopez, Mike ‘81 Rajewski, Paul ‘76 Winterman, Jeanette ‘78 (Pianalto) Hermes, Paul ‘78 Camarata, Joe ‘78 Bollig, Christine ‘82 (Swenson) Walsh and Linda ‘82 (Leiker) Kepka.
We wish to thank all those who attended and abetted in making this such a prodigious concert. This event rings true to the “Forever a Monarch,” no matter how far or wide you travel from home, motto. Please take a look at photographs from the event HERE.