Heartwarming Documentary Tells Story of Legendary Kashmere Music Instructor

District uses the sneak preview of Thunder Soul to call for more mentors

September 15, 2011

As Bruce Middleton (Class of 1974) wailed a long note on his alto sax, students cheered and the connection between generations of Kashmere High School students was complete.

About 800 students, alumni, and community members gathered in the school auditorium—complete with red carpet—for the Houston sneak-preview of the documentary, Thunder Soul, on September 14.

The movie tells the story of HISD’s legendary music instructor Conrad O. “Prof” Johnson, and the relationship he forged with the young musicians of the Kashmere High School stage band in the early and mid-1970’s. The band gained notoriety and won numerous awards with its own brand of “funk” music.

The district used the showing to promote a new program with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Houston aimed at providing mentors for students at Kashmere and its feeder schools. The movie will be released in theaters nationwide this September. Below are the Houston-area locations for the opening on Friday, September 23:
Studio 30 Theatres - Houston
2949 Dunvale
Houston, Tx 77063

Gulf Pointe 30 Theatres
11801 South Sam Houston Parkway
Houston, TX 77089

Deerbrook 24 Theatres
20131 Highway 59 N, Suite 8000
Humble, TX 77338

Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 24 Cinemas
3839 Weslayan Street
Houston, TX 77046

Houston Marq*E Stadium 23 Cinemas
7620 Katy Freeway
Houston, TX 77024

Tinseltown 17
11450 East Freeway
Jacinto City, TX 77029

Cinemark @ Market Street 5
9595 Six Pines Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Cinemark Webster 18
20913 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598