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.

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