Win a free Pride CD!

It’s too quiet around here! Football season starts in five weeks, and the 2006 Pride of Oklahoma arrives in less than three weeks (see previous item). It’s time to get revved up, so wake up and hear the Boomers.

You can literally wake up and hear Boomer Sooner with your very own copy of the 2005 Pride of Oklahoma CD. This 17-track piece of plastic, recorded in both stereo and hi-fi (oooooh!), contains all nine of Dr. Roland Barrett’s arrangements from the 2005 season:

  • The Movie Show
    • James Bond Medley
    • The Incredibles
    • I Need A Hero
  • The Latin Music Show
    • El Toro Caliente
    • Tico Tico
    • A Night In Tunisia
  • The Rock Show
    • Hush
    • Smoke on the Water
    • Respect

Plus eight full tracks of newly recorded rah-rahs and spirit songs!

  • Fanfare and Oklahoma
  • Fight for OKU
  • Boomer Sooner
  • Oklahoma Blues
  • OU Chant (both instrumental and a capella
  • 9 and Swing drum cadence
  • Stoops Stomp drum cadence

We’re giving away a few of these to the people who post the best stories about their first OU game as members of the Pride of Oklahoma. What was your story? Was it 1985, when the first performance was at Texas? Did something happen to you that seemed like disaster at the time but is funnier how, like uniform failure or losing your mouthpiece on the field? Was it boiling hot, or raining, or so windy your plumes wouldn’t stay on?

Whatever it is, post it here in reply to this message. Read How to post comments if you’ve never done it before, but it’s easy and free. We’ll choose the winners and contact them via E-mail to mail them their CDs. We could judge at any time, so share your stories today!

Pride preparing to march

From today’s Oklahoma Daily:

The Pride of Oklahoma band is getting excited and anxious about this year’s auditions, as there are already over 350 students registered to audition with 320 positions available.

In years past, the band has consistently had 310 to 320 members, said Brian Britt, director of the Pride. He said he hopes for that number to stay high as the Pride has had a strong recruiting class this year.

“It will enable us to continue providing the Sooner fans with a consistently high level of performance and a powerful musical presence in the stands as we support the Sooners to their 8th National Championship,” he said.

Every year each member of the Pride must re-audition for a position.

Britt said “there are no guaranteed positions in the Pride, the best prepared students earn a position, and it doesn’t matter what classification you are.”

The Pride’s first pep rally will be the Big Red Rally on Friday, Aug. 25.

The OU Bands home page now has a countdown to the beginning of the first rehearsal for the 2006 Pride of Oklahoma, too.

Big XII Conference Announces New Band Seating Rules

Yesterday, the Big XII Commissioner announced new regulations regarding band seating relative to visiting teams (see URL to story). This mandate is optional for this year, but must be implemented next year. This issue was mentioned in passing last year, so it is not a complete surprise. However, no indication was given about the timeline for the implementation of this policy. Now that we know what the new conference rule is, and the timeline for its implementation, we can get to work on finding a positive solution. During the past five years I have had the privilege of serving as the Director of The Pride, our Athletic Department has consistently demonstrated that they value the contribution of our organization to the Sooner game day atmosphere. We are confident that working together we will find an amenable solution to any changes necessitated by this conference mandate.

We appreciate the support of our band alumni very much. In this situation the best support of all will be for people to keep their composure until all the facts are on the table. Let’s see what we can work out before becoming angry or jumping to conclusions. We will keep you posted as discussions progress and decisions are reached. Thanks for helping us get this done in a positive manner. We appreciate your trust and support.

Boomer Sooner!

Brian Britt,
Director of The Pride of Oklahoma