Music LIFE D WORDS AND IMAGES BY DAVID CLAYBOURN
Gary Felmet shares love of
Balancing the sport of basketball with a rock ‘n roll
music career isn’t something that most coaches do.
But it’s something that Gary Felmet’s been doing for
the last 35 years.
He currently coaches boys basketball at Greenville
Christian but is also the leader of an oldies rock band
called “The Blandelles.”
Some nights he’s substituting players and setting
up strategy during timeouts, trying to win a basketball
game. The next night he’s singing “Hound Dog” or
“Johnny B. Goode” or “Soul Man” while strumming a
guitar on stage before crowds of various sizes.
Felmet, who grew up around Leonard, has always
thrived on competition as a former athlete and coach
and is also competitive as a performer.
“There’s two ways when you play music, you know
they like you,” said Felmet. “That’s applause and
dancing. And that’s what we try to do. We try to put on
a good show. I don’t care if we’ve got 10 people out there
or we’ve got 400 out there.
“Basketball is competition. I can’t play. That’s another
hard thing about coaching. You can’t play when you
want to. I’m just trying to match up and OK, well he’s
got these guys and I’ve got these guys how can we game
plan to take on these guys. It’s just a lot of fun. And I
enjoy it. I enjoy the relationships.”
Felmet’s shared love for sports and rock music began
in the Randolph community near Leonard.
28 Greenville Life SPRING 2020