Greenville Life Spring 2020 - Page 28

Music LIFE D WORDS AND IMAGES BY DAVID CLAYBOURN BALANCING ACT Gary Felmet shares love of basketball, music Balancing the sport of basketball with a rock ‘n roll music career isn’t something that most coaches do. If any. 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