Band and Cheer Stuff

Discussion in 'On The Field' started by Chop, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 1,000+ Posts

    I think we'll all agree that the San Jacinto Liberty Flag is worthy of a salute. :yes:
    (We have several replica Texas Revolution flags in our office. My boss has the SJL flag in his office.)
     
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  2. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    Hmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe that spirit group could unfold a replica of the San Jac flag that covers around a third of the field before games.

    My favorite Texas flag is actually the blue flag with one big star that spells out T-E-X-A-S in between the points on the star.
     
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  3. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Chop,

    The blocking of Tech was all TCU, who had a near stranglehold on West Texas talent. Just as Coach Royal forced the SWC to take Houston, he led the charge to admit Tech.

    Stanley Marcus had little or nothing to do with the SWC and less to do with SMU, otherwise you would see his name on buildings in Highland Park.
     
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  4. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    They have to learn it so when they turn 18 they will have something to ***** about on HornFans.com.
     
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  5. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Texas Tech Football

    Tech was repeatedly denied admittance to the SWC due mostly to behind the scenes politics.

    Southern Methodist University was the team most adamant about keeping Tech out of the SWC. Therefore, the citizens of west Texas took matters into their own hands…or should we say scissors.After being rejected by the SWC for the eighth time in 1952, word spread that SMU was stonewalling Tech. At the time, Stanley Marcus, the founder of Dallas-based department store Neiman Marcus, had close time to SMU. Texas Tech fans began cutting up their Neiman Marcus credit cards and mailing them to Marcus’ office. After receiving too many of the destroyed cards, Marcus convinced the powers to be at SMU to back off of their stance of keeping Tech out of the conference.In 1956, Tech was officially admitted to the SWC causing residents of Lubbock to celebrate in the streets.

    The Sports Minority Report: The greatest Realignment articles I have ever read --- THE DEMISE OF THE SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE by M. Wagrin


    --1956: Texas Tech officials pull out all stops to gain admission to the SWC. Former regent Dr. Clifford Jones promises a $50,000 contribution to the Methodist Church if SMU votes for Tech. A movement is started to have all Tech fans cut up their Neiman-Marcus credit cards and send them back to the Dallas-based store to protest SMU's opposition. Finally, the SWC relents and admits the Red Raiders, who begin football competition in 1960.

    More stuff on this: This went on for years. In 1955, UT sponsored Texas Tech to join the then powerful Southwest Conference. A&M was not in favor and did everything they could to make sure Tech was excluded. While TCU, Arkansas, Baylor were in favor, Rice said they would agree, but A&M and SMU were against Tech to be admitted to the SWC. Finally, with all the Tech alums and friends of Tech in Dallas and West Texas cutting up their Neiman Marcus Department Store Credit Cards (As the president or one of the board members of SMU who was the CEO of Neiman Marcus), finally came through. A&M was then pressured to allow Tech in. So it was.
     
  6. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    Shy of raising Mr. Marcus from the dead, I don't know if anyone can conclusively confirm or deny this oft-repeated story. The Tech folks sure do talk about it a lot, and there's an awful lot of people out there repeating this information. According to most of these internet reports and lore, UT was Tech's champion while A&M and SMU pushed back.
     
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  7. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    aggy had a premonition of GAP kid. Can you blame them for stonewalling?
     
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  8. BurntOrangeLH

    BurntOrangeLH 1,000+ Posts

    Did not know there was a Needless Markup store in Lubbock.
     
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  9. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    Apparently the well heeled West Texas ladies would go to Dallas on occasion to do their fancy shopping. I don’t know if Midland ever had one, but in the middle of some of the big oil booms they could probably support one.
     
  10. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    I’ve got to call BS on the part in one of the links about the CEO of Neiman Marcus being the Chairman of the Board at SMU. But, this legend of Tech ladies cutting up their Neiman Marcus cards goes back to the 1950s, is all over the internet and written publications, and is repeated as gospel by many Tech fans. There’s probably some truth in there.
     
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  11. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 1,000+ Posts

    My daughter got to participate in the summer 2016 renovation of Big Bertha (she was a brand-new freshman in Texas Drums). BB is renovated every decade or so, and there is graffiti and notes inside the drum from the percussion section leaders who took part in the previous renovations. The tuning screws on BB were removed and replaced, with the old ones handed out as keepsakes.

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    Big Bertha tuning screw

    Mr. Moton Crockett Jr., who procured BB from U of Chicago in 1954 and refurbished it for the LHB in 1955, was present for the 2016 renovation. If you go to the University of Texas Longhorn Band Facebook page, they have a short video on the 2016 BB renovation. Mr. Crockett talks with the drummers and gets to take the initial swings at the newly renovated BB with its new drum heads.
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    Screen shot from video of Big Bertha renovation

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    Big Bertha in the band hall
     
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  12. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 1,000+ Posts

    Getting back to the discussion on Texas, Our Texas ...

    Last weekend I was watching Giant on TCM and the thought occurred to me that This Then Is Texas would be a great piece of music to incorporate into the LHB's pregame show. Somehow to me the melody seems more evocative of Texas than TOT.



    FWIW, the first time I ever saw Giant was at Hogg Auditorium in the spring of 1984.
     
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  13. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    Meanwhile, a new drummer auditions:

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  14. Chop

    Chop 2,500+ Posts

    And perhaps the most famous UT cheerleader of all time, Harley Clark:

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    Note the angry Bevo on his megaphone cone.
     
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  15. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 1,000+ Posts

    I <3 Angry Bevo
     
  16. BurntOrangeLH

    BurntOrangeLH 1,000+ Posts

    Too cool! What a great experience for your daughter.
     
  17. BurntOrangeLH

    BurntOrangeLH 1,000+ Posts

    But then we would have a chorus in the stands. Not a bad idea if they would kill the godzillatron audio.
     
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  18. Giovanni Jones

    Giovanni Jones 1,000+ Posts

    Could put the lyrics on the godzillatron screen (with bouncing ball!) so the crowd could sing along. (put the godzillatron to constructive use for a change.)
     
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