Centennial Celebration in the Washington Post

OK, somewhat obliquely, but there nonetheless, thanks to Eleanor Reed (who helped send the Ballou Senior High Marching Band to a national competition in California):

From Eleanor Reed of Arlington: “Band was always a great experience for me. In fact, I am going to the University of Oklahoma Homecoming in a few weeks, when the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, which I was in, will celebrate its 100th anniversary. I would like to send the Ballou band . . . “

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Pride Centennial Book

100 Years of Pride
1904-2004: Celebrating a century of Pride

100 Years of Pride commemorates the 100-year history of The Pride of Oklahoma. This book provides a walk down memory lane for any one who ever participated in the Pride of Oklahoma Marching band. From it’s inception in 1904 by student Lloyd Curtis to the present day, under the direction of former OU student Brian Britt, the OU band has a rich and storied history. The performances, the travels, and the people who have made up this program add to the great history of one of the most revered University of Oklahoma student organizations on campus.

Each chapter contains favorite memories of band members who wanted to contribute to 100 Years of Pride. Every person who reads this book will revel in the experiences and fun of every band member, while visualizing the hundreds of halftime formations over the last 100 years. Dates may not be exact in some cases as sources sometimes varied in records. The pictures included in the book are often from the private collections of each director, band members who donated them, or from the author’s private collection. Each picture illustrates the band and its journey to the end of its first century. The next century will prove to be every bit as talented and exciting.

The proceeds from the sale of 100 Years of Pride will go to the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band General Scholarship fund in order to provide scholarships to future Pride members. The OU Band Alumni Association wants future band members to experience the same joy and love of the band program that brought them so many fond memories. May the next generation of Pride members recognize the history that was laid before them and strive to create their own history that enriches their lives for many years to come. The tradition continues…the tradition of excellence!

100 Years of Pride Book Order Form

Weekend Pride News

Kickoff in Waco for the Baylor game, this season’s final regular season game, is at 11:10 AM CST. The game is being broadcast on just about every regional Fox Sports Network, including Fox Sports Southwest in the Norman area.

Also, don’t forget to check out our Discussion Group from time to time, where you’ll find posts with more info on the centennial DVD. You can post your own messages, too – just log in or sign up at the bottom of any page!

Go Sooners!

Information on OUBAA

Began in 1954.

We became part of the OU Alumni Association in 2004.

2011-2012 Officers:

  • document.write(“”.replace(/[a-zA-Z]/g, function(c){return String.fromCharCode((c=(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);}));Susan Grossman, President
  • document.write(“”.replace(/[a-zA-Z]/g, function(c){return String.fromCharCode((c=(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);}));Gail Richardson, Vice President
  • document.write(“”.replace(/[a-zA-Z]/g, function(c){return String.fromCharCode((c=(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);}));Ann Darnold, Treasurer
  • document.write(“”.replace(/[a-zA-Z]/g, function(c){return String.fromCharCode((c=(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);}));Rita Heath, Secretary
  • Penny Sledge, Historian
  • Dwight Rinner, Equipment Manager

Mailing address:

OU Band Alumni Association
P.O. Box 297
Norman, OK 73070-0297

E-mail our secretary, Rita, anytime by document.write(“”.replace(/[a-zA-Z]/g, function(c){return String.fromCharCode((c=(c=c.charCodeAt(0)+13)?c:c-26);}));clicking here

You can read our constitution or Join OUBAA by filling out the linked form.

OU wins Big XII South!

The Sooners 30-3 victory over Nebraska (in their first visit to Norman since 2000’s “Red October”) clinches the Big XII South division, sending the Sooners and The Pride of Oklahoma to Kansas City on December 4 for the Big XII Championship. The winner is guaranteed a BCS bowl berth – normally the Fiesta Bowl for the Big XII Champ, but if the Sooners remain undefeated, it could very well be the Orange Bowl for the BCS National Championship!

Halftime included a salute to Molly and David Boren, marking their first ten years of university leadership, including a reprise of Roland Barrett’s Fanfare for a New Era, premiered for David Boren’s inauguration as OU President ten years ago, and Fanfare for the Common, Man. The show also featured the traditional Battle Hymn of the Republic as part of a Veteran’s Day salute. And yes, before you ask – it was the classic All-Star arrangement!

Next, three honorary drum majors led the Pride in Boomer Sooner in recognition of their tremendous impact on the organization:

  • Cathy Freede of Oklahoma City, representing the Freede family and their generous contributions to the Pride
  • John Waller of Oklahoma City, chairman of The Pride of Oklahoma Centennial Committee, and
  • Our own Terri Cooter, retiring president of the OU Band Alumni Association, in recognition for her thirteen years of service to us and our band!

It was the final home game for 73 Pride Seniors, who exited in the traditional style in their own interlocking OU at the end of halftime, to tears and cheers all around. We hope to welcome many of them to our ranks next fall!

Those who saw the game on Fox Sports know that the team was penalized late in the fourth quarter for fans (in the student section) throwing oranges on the field, despite three warnings from the public address system. Two Pride members were struck by unauthorized citrus projectiles, but thankfully, neither was injured.

Next up: a pep band to Waco for the final regular season game against Baylor!

More on the polls and the bowl situation in the Comments, so click through to read more.

OU 42, Texas A&M 35

It’s always tough for the Sooners at Kyle Field – going into Saturday, OU had lost five of its last six games at College Station. Now it’s five of seven, as the Sooners pulled out a fantastic fourth-quarter victory in extremely hostile territory on national television!

The Pride’s pep band was twice as big as originally planned, thanks to great support from the President’s office to keep those Boomers flowing! If you watched the game, you heard the dozens and dozens of rah-rahs The Pride performed to keep the Sooner Spirit active. Great job from our band!

More details on next week and the Big XII race in the comments, so click to read more!