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...And, like I said, A&M does the same show every year for every game. THE HORROR!
Drum and bugle corps. That is what we need. 350 strong. That would fricking rock the house. None of those puthy little wind things that don't make any good sound. Just loud and fired up.
You have many valid observations about the state and direction of the Razorback band, but you are dead wrong about the Aggies.
This is what band gekes don't get. People in the stands don't care about the difficulty of the music or the marching, they just want to be able to hear the music and be entertained. A&M's style of marching may BE easy, but it looks hard, looks cool and is visually awesome. Ours looks like a 3 year old drew it up and could do it. The music we play may be difficult to play, but if half the stadium can't hear it, then who cares? We might have the best flute players in the world, but how does that translate to a marching band? A BIGGER band doesn't mean it's a BETTER band. The Rice MOB isn't for everybody, but they are funny, and they are entertaining. Personally, I'd rather have that than our stale old crap. But...if I were running the band program, I'd go all in for the SWAC style. Now THAT'S entertainment!
You're right. I was mistaken about that. Though, even with that said, it's still easy as fuck to march military style. Starkville, their steps alone make it easier. You're cool. Band gekes. That's a nice way to increase support! Make fun of them!But I digress. You have a point. I was one of very, very few high school band kids that wasn't a "nerd." We had maybe 5 or 6 "jocks" in my school. I was one of them. The U of A band, when I was there, had a surprising number of athletes. The problem is, those are the business majors that are going on to do things in the "real world." The people who grow up and become band directors are more of the purists. They don't know much about football. Or basketball. They just follow the status quo. That's why I say it'll take a visionary and lots of support from the music/athletic departments for anything to ever change. Otherwise, just realize that the Razorback band, like 99% of bands in the country (high school and college) is a corps style band. It'll probably never change to a military style band. So you might as well shut the fuck up about it. The most drastic change they could possibly make would be a changeover to DCI style. DCI is very well respected. Military is kinda frowned upon by those purists, as far as I know at least. I also wonder how many of the bands few supporters would be pissed if anything ever changed or if traditions were altered. Maybe one of you high rollers can offer up a bounty for some change. Fuck. I don't know. This is why these threads are always so pointless. Nothing's ever going to change. Or, at least, we won't be the first to do it. Someone like Ole Miss will just say fuck it one of these days and go DCI. Everyone will love it and we'll follow suit 10 years later.
Did you just rinse it out and pass it to the next guy?
Wisconsin. Do that.
Wait, now, don't be messing with my alma mater. I can mouth almost all the words. Don't make me start over. And I'm old enough to remember when the alma mater wasn't played 3 hours before tip-off, like it is now, but was right after the national anthem and right before the player introductions.Hey, Friday night during the alma mater at Jerry World, one of my brood - just three weeks removed from the UA's first winter graduation in a long time - asked me, "hey, which way is Old Main from here?" In retrospect, I think I pointed to what is roughly Denver.
Mumbling through it, saying the last line, and pointing to wherever I think Old Main is at is one tradition I would never give up lightly.
I've been meaning to ask someone when this "tradition" started? I don't recall doing it or seeing it when I was in school in 76-81. I ask because everyone seems to act like it's been done forever...and I'm afraid if students keep doing that damn wolf howl before the hog call, before you know it, everyone will think that's the way it's always been done as well and will become "tradition" too.
We were pointing at Old Main in 1996, although for the longest time I thought we were just pointing to the sky.
Ya'll ever tried to suck a dick for 20 minutes? It isn't easy.
the half-time spelling of Go Hogs is awful. I hate it more than anything.
frick you Robbie Robertson!
Have always been a big fan of the goin' band from raider land. 400+PsStill cannot figure out how to import a youtubes to a reply on my iphone. thats right the women are smarter than men!!!
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