Happy Thanksgiving

While everyone enjoys turkey and other holiday festivities, let us give thanks that the tradition in which we were part, The Pride of Oklahoma, conducted a food drive this month that the Norman Christmas Store very badly needed:

Organizers said the Christmas Store’s cubbards were terribly bare this season, until three independent food drives “pushed us over the hump,” Hollingsworth said. Canned goods drives by Noble Public Schools, Norman Public Schools and the OU Pride of Oklahoma marching band combined to save the day.

Please remember to give generously to those in need in your area.

Update: (2005.12.01) The Oklahoma Daily has published a slideshow of members of ΚΚΨ and ΤΒΣ loading food from the band room onto the trucks to take it to the Christmas Store. Check it out!

On Friday, Texas plays Texas A&M at 11:00 on ABC (nationwide). If the moo cows Longhorns lose, they still play for the Big XII Championship on December 3 in Houston, but their Rose Bowl and BCS national championship hopes are over. At 2:30 PM (CT), Colorado hosts Nebraska. Colorado clinches the Big XII North division with a victory. If Nebraska wins and Iowa State beats Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday, then the Cyclones play Texas for the Big XII championship and a guaranteed Fiesta Bowl berth. If Iowa State loses, Colorado wins the division regardless of Friday’s outcome.

On Saturday, our Sooners close the 2005 regular season with Bedlam, hosting OSU on Owen Field at 2:30 PM CT. The game will be televised “regionally” by ABC Sports, but there is no published coverage map. Some areas will apparently see Virginia-Miami or South Florida-Connecticut. If your ABC affiliate won’t show Bedlam, check out SoonerSports.com for radio and internet options, or ask your cable or satellite provider about ESPN GamePlan, which will have the game available nationwide. The game will be called for ABC by Terry Gannon and Jamal Anderson, with Dave LaMont on the sidelines, according to the OU Athletic Department’s 15-page OU-OSU football media guide. Have all the stats at your fingertips and second-guess the announcers!

For those coming to Norman, it is the final home game and senior day. Before the Pride’s pre-game show, the team will recognize 20 senior players who are playing their last home game. It’s Bedlam, so first up at halftime is the Spirit of Oklahoma State Cowboy Marching Band, followed by the Pride’s Rock & Roll show, and recognition of Pride seniors as halftime ends. The Pre-Game concert is at 1PM north of Parrington Hall, and after the game, there is a reception for outgoing band secretary Cindy Hartless, as noted below this on the main page.

Finally, if you’re still steaming about last Saturday, don’t miss Eileen Kelly’s post, the Top 10 Referee excuses for blowing the calls at the end of the OU/Texas Tech game. Especially #2 – our pep band did good. Happy Thanksgiving!

Reception after OU-OSU for Cindy Hartless

2005 Pride Invites All Alumni to Reception to Honor Cindy Hartless

After serving as Band Secretary for 21 years, Cindy Hartless is retiring in January following the Band Banquet. The 2005 Pride of Oklahoma students and staff invite all Pride Alumni to a come and go reception for Cindy following the OU vs. OSU game on November 26th in Catlett Music Center. Refreshments will be served, and everyone will have the chance to visit with Cindy and wish her well as she prepares for life as a retiree.

For additional information about this special event, please contact Betty Wiseman at bettywiseman05@yahoo.com.

We hope that you will be able to join us as we honor Cindy’s contributions to the Pride of Oklahoma.

Boomer Sooner!

Brian Britt
Director of The Pride of Oklahoma

Wind Symphony in concert

Wind-11-25-2005: Thumbnail, Wind Symphony concert poster, 11/21/2005The OU Wind Symphony performs its final concert of the fall semester on Monday, November 21, at 8:00 PM, in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall at OU’s Catlett Music Center.

Under the direction of Dr. William K. Wakefield, Director of University Bands, and guest conductor Christopher J. Evans, the Wind Symphony will perform Prokofiev’s March, Op. 99, Carl Maria von Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet (with featured faculty soloist Dr. David Etheridge), Bernstein’s Profanation (from the Jeremiah symphony), Frank Ticheli’s Apollo Unleashed (from his Symphony No. 2), Percy Grainger’s Over the Hills and Far Away (Children’s March), and John Philip Sousa’s Glory of the Yankee Navy.

The concert is part of the School of Music’s Sutton Series; tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, faculty, staff, and seniors. Tickets are available in advance from the OU School of Music Ticket Office, or just before the performance.

Click on the thumbnail to download your own PDF version of the poster for this concert to print out and post where people might see it, and come out on November 21 to support the band program!