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Emmy award-winning filmmaker Jeremy Gossett presents you with an invitation to a special screening of the Pride of Oklahoma documentary, Legacies and Friends. This hour long feature documentary takes you in depth and behind the scenes to see what the Pride is all about, and what the 300-member organization goes through each week to bring you their thrilling pregame and halftime shows. 100 years of Pride, celebrating a celebration of the past and the present as the band marches on, with tradition and passion.
Featuring Drum Major Kyle Wiemar, internationally renowned trumpeter David B. Hooten, vocalist Laura Gossett, and an interview with Coach Bob Stoops, you’re sure to enjoy this cultural explosion of music and vision.
Join us during opening week of University of Oklahoma’s fall football season, as we celebrate the Sooner’s long journey through the 2005 season to the Holiday Bowl in San Diego, California and to the next 100 Years of PRRRRIDE!
If you know of anyone else interested in viewing this special screening, please spread the word, as it is free and open to the public.
Tradition, teamwork, legacies, and friends to the end of time. It’s what it means to be a Sooner. Come to this special screening to remember your days as a Pride member and see what’s going on in the 101st year.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
University Of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Memorial Union
900 Asp Avenue – Norman, Oklahoma
A sample of the search engine requests that brought people to this Web site on Sunday, August 20, 2006:
OK Oklahoma fight song (via FireFox’s built-in Google search)
I won’t judge how official anything is, but if you’ve never read the story behind O.K. Oklahoma, or heard the original 1939 debut on the NBC radio network, read the story O.K. Oklahoma at 65. (I updated the audio file tonight with a version that’s easier to hear, and that’s hosted on a faster server, so listen and enjoy!)
Ah, someone asked about that, too! No wonder – pay no attention to the Big Red Rally Web Page on OU’s site, as it has not been updated in two years. Shame, shame. And we’re volunteer labor here! (It is described on the schedule for Howdy Week 2006, though – it starts at 5:30 PM in Our Favorite Stadium.)
Can’t say anything about “TBDBITL” (always up for debate in these parts, tho no offense intended), but The Pride performed Dr. Roland Barrett’s arrangement of Scott Boerma’s El Toro Caliente in both 2002 and 2005. Pride alums who can tell good stories about their first OU game in uniform can still win the 2005 CD with that recording on it, if they don’t dawdle.
pride of oklahoma alumni (via FireFox’s built-in Google search)
That’s us! Hope you found everything you wanted – if not, post a question and someone is bound to know something.
From Thursday’s Norman Transcript:
Come rain or shine, the Pride of Oklahoma roster will be finalized today and the band will be marching the rest of the week.
Brian Britt, sixth year director of the Pride, which is the University of Oklahoma’s marching band, said nearly 350 hopefuls are auditioning this week for membership in the band. Depending on auditions and prospective members’ skills and work ethics, Britt said the band will be between 310 and 320 members.
That first show is drawing ever closer, so don’t delay – tell us about your first OU football game with the Pride and win a free 2005 Pride of Oklahoma audio CD! The contest officially ends Whenever We Feel Like It, so don’t put it off!
Greetings Alumni and Friends,
In a few weeks The Pride will be running out of the tunnels to start the 2006 Football Season. How fortunate we are to have been able to participate in such an awesome program. It is our duty to help Continue the Tradition. We can do this in several ways. Our OUBAA dues help support the activities that we provide for The Pride. Last year we provided the disc jockey for the swimming party, hosted the pizza dinner after the first full rehearsal of the new block, and supplied goodie bags for the bus trips to Texas and the Holiday Bowl. We plan on continuing these activities and increasing our involvement with The Pride. The pizza dinner this year will be Sunday, August 20th in the Orchestra room at Catlett. We would enjoy having any of you that would like to come and hand out pizza and drinks and talk about the good ole days to the new block after their marching rehearsal before the first day of class. They really do enjoy hearing any stories of prior bowl trips, Texas trips, and how hot our WOOL uniforms were as we were lying on the 120 degree artificial turf.
In the past, The Pride has been using money from their budget to help cover the homecoming tickets for the Alumni Band. Our organization is about supporting The Pride, not them supporting us. Homecoming game tickets are $67 each. This year the Homecoming registration fee is $25.00 plus another $40 for each member that wishes to sit in the Alumni Band section. Guest tickets will cost the full $67.00 as usual. Hopefully, this will allow The Pride to use their money to provide extra frills for the students. We have reserved 200 tickets for this season’s Homecoming game, which is October 21 versus the Colorado Buffaloes. Please respond with your registration early.
At our last business meeting, one of the discussion items was how a member could become a lifetime member of our organization. This was sent back to the advisory board to generate ideas. After researching how other organizations attained the status of lifetime member, the advisory board came up with two ways. One is a donation of $600 to one of the Band Alumni scholarship accounts. This would be the equivalent to paying the annual $15 dues for 40 years. The other is to reserve the right to the advisory board to grant lifetime membership based on outstanding service to the organization and The Pride.
Hosting a golf tournament as a fundraiser for The Pride was another point of discussion. We are working on setting a date for spring 2007, either late April or early May. We would like to have volunteers to chair the following positions: Hole Sponsorships, Prize Committee, and Food Committee. Mr. Brian Britt has volunteered to be the Tournament Chairman. If you are interested in any of these, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you play golf, please plan to participate and bring your own foursome. We will have more information at this year’s business meeting, at Homecoming on October 21.
As I was traveling to a conference with a colleague, whose brother was a starting football player last season and whose husband is RufNek alum, we started talking about OU football, The Pride and Homecoming. She went on and on how Homecoming was her favorite game and how she loved the Alumni Band and how they exemplify Sooner Spirit. Then, I told her I was a member and she continued for at least 30 more minutes on how much fun it must be to have played in The Pride and still get to march at Homecoming with the Alumni Band. She could only imagine it, but you can relive it! I invite you to come to Homecoming, October 21 and “March down the field with our heads held high” and join in all of the fun and give our fans what they have been waiting for all year.
Watch for the Homecoming Registration Newsletters in the mail – they are being mailed during the week of August 14th-19th. Please e-mail Rita Heath if you don’t receive yours.