Some topics we covered at our business meeting Saturday afternoon, October 22, 2005, include:

Attendees statistics

Youngest Member – Matthew Houston, 23, Claremore, OK

“Most Mature” Member – Jim Arganbright, 80, Tuttle, OK

We had seven ‘first-timers’

Sheila Stuckey traveled the farthest from Daytona Beach, FL

The Raines family had the most family members present, with Jim and Carmen Raines, and their dauther and son-in-law, Jamie and Sam Evans. And we had Dewey and Mary Buck with their son, Doug for a family with three members present.

Constitution Changes


The name of this organization shall be The University of Oklahoma Band Alumni Association. This organization may be referred to as The OU Alumni Band, as relating to the membership who participates in the annual Homecoming Weekend activities. As deemed by the OU Alumni Association, this organization may also be referred to as The OU Club of Alumni Band.

ARTICLE II. Purpose.

In October 2005, during the Centennial Celebration of the University of Oklahoma Bands, our general membership elected to become part of the OU Alumni Association.

ARTICLE III. Membership.

Honorary Life Membership — This function has not been actively set in place in several years. We need to develop a procedure for this to know what the requirements are and how they are maintained year after year.

ARTICLE IV. Officer.

Maybe we could establish an office called “Equipment Manager” that would do what Dwight does for us, but let them be official officer. Perhaps this office would maintain where our paraphernalia are kept each year – for example, the banner, music, drumsticks, and brass mouthpieces. If we list these duties here as an officer, that position would be more recognizable and established.

ARTICLE V. Other Offices.

Section C needs to be amended to include Bill Wakefield’s title – maybe change this so it would catch other positions that may arise in the future. This might also apply to Secion 4, paragraph e & f.

The changes to Articles I, IV, and V were voted on and approved. Articles II and III will be developed and presented at next year’s general meeting.

Equipment Manager

We elected Dwight Rinner to the office of Equipment Manager. His help with the instruments over the homecoming weekends for the past few years has been invaluable. We’re extremely glad and lucky that he accepted the nomination. Thank you Dwight!

James Wright Christmas CD

Gene Coach Thrailkill spoke about a CD he has discovered of songs recorded by James Wright, a former drum major at OU. He was the first black drum major during Gene’s tenure. James has a wonderful bass singing voice, and is reported to have sung for the Queen of England as well as on Broadway. Over the years, he most likely has sung at one time or another at every church in the OKC Metro area. However, he passed away penniless in Nashville, Tennessee within the last year. His funeral service and burial was in Purcell, OK, where some of his family still resides.

If you would be interested in obtaining one of his Christmas CDs, please contact Gene Thrailkill. You may e-mail me – Rita Heath and I’ll put you in touch with Gene, or see his Web site (not updated very often) at .

Other performances throughout the year

We plan to put together pep bands made up of our membership, to play at:

  1. Holiday Season Basketball Games (when Pride members aren’t available)
  2. OU Hockey Club games
  3. Norman’s 89’er Day Parade in April 2006.

Please e-mail Rita Heath if you’re interested.

Services for Pride

Gail Richardson and a few others assembled 340 ‘goodie bags’ for all the Pride for their trip to Dallas this fall. Several members, and especially Brian Britt and Dr. Wakefield, expressed much gratitude.

Other things Gail suggested for us to do for the benefit of the Pride include more goodie bags as chances arise and a dinner or entertainment on a bowl trip.

100 Years of Pride Books

Terri Cooter had copies of the book she authored about the history of the Pride on hand for sale. She is still taking orders; e-mail Rita Heath if you’d like a copy.

The Pride of Oklahoma ‘A Century of Spirit’ CD’s

Valorie Pryor has copies of the The Pride of Oklahoma: A Century of Spirit CD available for sale for $15.00. If you’d like one and want it mailed, the price is $17.00.

This is the Rah-Rah CD which features each era of band directors: Leonard Haug, Gene Braught, Gene Thrailkill and Brian Britt. E-mail Rita Heath for more information on obtaining a copy.

Questions, comments, or further discussion? Post your comments here!

Homecoming 2005 discussion

Wow, what a night! 160 alumni marching pregame and halftime, a dogged fight to the finish, the first-ever overtime game at Owen Field and a double-overtime homecoming victory for the Sooners!

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Outstanding job, everyone!

“Band Specific” Security Info from Brian Britt


We are sure looking forward to this weekend. It will be fun to see the Alumni Band during pregame, and the current Pride students are very enthusiastic about our combined performance at halftime.

  • All instrument cases will be brought in through Gate 1 for morning practice on Saturday. No instrument or case should leave the stadium after this point until AFTER the game.
  • Once the rehearsal has concluded instruments can be stored in cases in the football practice area at the south end of the stadium complex. (The Alumni Band Equipment Truck will be located on the practice field for this purpose.) This will eliminate the security problem of instruments passing in and out of the stadium once the security/safety sweep has been conducted. To reiterate, no cases in or out following the conclusion of rehearsal.
  • Anyone taking their instrument out of the stadium following practice will not be able to get it back into the stadium.
    Everyone will need to go to the practice area to get their equipment prior to pregame and halftime performances (if they are not seated with the alumni band). NOTE: We are working to arrange storage for the large instruments in or near the tunnels and will share that info on Saturday.
  • Alumni band members with tickets elsewhere in the stadium (not in band seating area) should plan to leave their instruments in the practice area during the game to ensure that their instrument is not interfering with other fans’ ability to see the game and also to ensure that it doesn’t get played on during the game as per conference regulations.

We hope that everyone understands the importance of complying with these procedures to help us support the security measures being undertaken by our law enforcement officials. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Boomer Sooner!


Brian Britt
Director of The Pride of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma Marching Band
Catlett Music Center
500 W Boyd St
Norman, OK 73019

A few “A Century of Spirit” CD’s still available.

About 15 copies of the cd, The Pride of Oklahoma A Century of Spirit, remain available for sale this weekend for $15.00.
This is the Rah Rah cd which features each era of band directors, Leonard Haug, Gene Braught, Gene Thrailkill and Brian Britt.

I will have them with me on Saturday, or if anyone wants to let me know early that they want one, they can e-mail me at It will be first come, first served! Make a check payable to the OU Band Alumni Association or pay cash.

We do not have plans at the moment to get any more copies of this cd made, although it would be possible if there is enough interest.

Thanks for your help.
Valorie Pryor

Homecoming 2008 Q & A

Q: Will our equipment truck be parked inside the fence on the practice field south of the stadium? Is inside the truck where the cases will be stored during the day?
A: Yes and Yes

Q: What time and where will the parade be?
A: 3:00 Step off is at Elm and Boyd (east side of Catlett)


Q: What time and where is the rehearsal Friday night?
A: In Catlett Music Center on the corner of Boyd and Elm – meet at 6:30 to pick up registration packets, instruments, etc. – Ready for the Downbeat at 7:00!

Q: When do Alumni Band Members pick up our game tickets and guest tickets?
A: Your ‘homecoming packets’ will be available Friday night in Catlett at our playing rehearsal, and again on Saturday on the third floor of the Student Union. They should include everything you ordered for game day.

Q: What will security be like when entering the statdium?
A: Security will be very strict due to the bombing/suicide of October 1st near the stadium. Once you are in the stadium, the instruction from President Boren, in the unlikely event of any emergency, “Fans are asked to remain calm, follow instructions from the public address announcer and REMAIN IN YOUR SEAT until you are directed to the safest exit.”

Q: If it’s very cold, will we be allowed to wear our own coats/jackets when we are not on the field?
A: Sure, we’ll let you wear what ever it takes to be comfortable – however, when on the field, we hope to have a uniform appearance.

Q: What is the ‘uniform’ for the day?
A: Black slacks or jeans (no blue jeans), black shoes, and our Uniform shirts.

Q: What is the schedule for game day?
A: 12:00 – Marching Rehearsal – Practice field south of stadium.
2:15 – Registraion and Business Meeting – 3rd Floor Student Union.
3:45 – Lunch – South Oval
5:15 – Pre-game – Meet on North EndZone.

Q: Where will the large brass and percussion instruments that are being provided for us be checked out?
A: Friday night at rehearsal in Catlett, the instruments will be available for you to check out. They can then be stored overnight on the equipment truck we will provide. On Saturday, we will have the equipment truck parked near the Pride’s equipment truck. We plan to have it parked (weather permitting) south of the stadium on the west side of the practice field for the entire day.

Q: During the day, who will be available for questions that arise?
A: The OU Band Alumni Association president is Gail Richardson, Vice President is Susan Grossman, Treasurer is Ann Darnold, and Secretary is Rita Heath. Bill Wakefield and Brian Britt, of course, will also be happy to help. Also, we have over 100 regular homecoming attendees who are familiar with our basic routine, so there will plenty of resources for you to tap.

Q: Where can I download the music to practice?
A: The Pride’s website – the Media Link – Boomer Sooner and Fight for OKU are downloadable in PDF format. Or click here: Homecoming 2005 music

Q: Will there be a Friday night rehearsal?

Yes – Friday evening, the 21st, in the band room in Catlett Music Center on the corner of Boyd and Elm. Meet at 6:30 to check out music, and pick up your large instruments if borrowing – and to pick up your homecoming packets. Following rehearsal, KKY/TBS will have a reception for us in the Symphonic Band Rehearsal Room.

GOODIE BAGS for Pride Members

OUBAA Officers and a few others spent two evenings decorating and putting together ‘goodie bags’ for all the Pride Members for their trip to Texas this last weekend.

A few notes of gratitude were received. For example:

—– Original Message —–

From: Brian Britt

Sent: Monday, October 10, 2005 10:50 AM

Subject: Thanks!

Hi Everyone!

I just want to pass along how much the students appreciated the snack bags you prepared for them for the Texas trip. We presented the bags to them at the party at the hotel Friday night after a LONG day of practices and performances. They disappeared very quickly, and many of them took the time to let me know how much they appreciated this unexpected treat. Thanks to everyone who took the time to prepare these bags for the current Pride members. We know how busy everyone is and greatly appreciate the time you took to express your support.

See you at homecoming!

Boomer Sooner!


Brian Britt

Director of The Pride of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma Marching Band

Catlett Music Center

500 W. Boyd St.

Norman, OK 73019

—– Original Message —–

From: Pride trumpet player

Sent: Monday, October 10, 2005 3:10 PM

Subject: thank you

Thank you for the gift bags. I went straight upstairs to my hotel room and gobbled it all up. It is wonderful to have your support.


Pride Trumpet

—– Original Message —–
From: R. G.
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 2:35 PM
Subject: Thanks!!
Good afternoon Alumni Band!
I am a current sophomore in the Pride and I just wanted to send yall a quick thank you for the awesome snack bags last weekend. It was nice to have some food to come home to after a realllllly long day!
Thanks for all you guys do for us! You guys probably don’t hear it alot but we really appreciate how much you all support us and help us out!
Boomer Sooner!
Robert Gonzales,

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Let us know if you’d be interested in helping us do the same thing for the Bowl Trip or maybe finals week… E-mail Rita Heath if you’d like us to contact you.


OU 12, Texas …

…well, honestly, who cares how many points they had. Silly moocows. Our Sooners are now 2-3, 1-1 in conference play heading into next week’s game with Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium (see the post below for information on gameday).

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