Final chances to see the 2006 Pride of Oklahoma!

Our Pride of Oklahoma leaves this week for the Fiesta Bowl trip. Those of you who were in the band in 1983 (the last time OU went to the Fiesta Bowl!) may recall that this particular bowl trip is full of performances, so if you’re headed to Arizona, there are plenty of chances to see and support the 2006 Pride – and there’s another chance in Midland, TX, too!

Here’s the full schedule of 2006 Pride of Oklahoma rehearsals and performances on the trip. Note that all times are local: the TX rehearsal is at 7:15 PM CST, the Arizona events are all listed in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Date Time Location Type Details
Wednesday, December 27 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM Scharbauer Sports Complex
5514 Champions Dr.
Midland, Texas 79708

All rehearsals listed here (and that’s all of them) are open to the public.

The field is at the corner of West Loop 250 and Hwy 191, about 2-3 miles from I-20 taking West Loop 50 going North.

Post-rehearsal update: Read coverage of the rehearsal with quotes from “Pride” members and alumni from the Midland Register-Telegram here, and a blog entry from a Midland resident with a couple of photos here.

Thursday, December 28 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM Saguaro High School
6250 N. 82nd St
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Rehearsal Site of all Arizona field rehearsals
Friday, December 29 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Saguaro HS Rehearsal As the “home” team in this year’s Fiesta Bowl, The Pride performs full pregame (except for the national anthem). The halftime show is Salute to Queen, The Mask of Zorro, and Mr. Roboto.
9:30 PM – 10:30 PM University of Phoenix Stadium (click here for maps, note that this is a purchased name – it’s the NFL Arizona Cardinals’ new stadium, not a stadium for the mostly distant-learning University of Phoenix)

Performance: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship

Finals start at 6:30 PM MST; The Pride and the Boise State University Keith Stein Blue Thunder Marching Band will perform exhibitions after the competition (think “OBA finals”), about 9:30 PM. Tickets required.

Saturday, December 30 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Central Phoeniz, AZ Performance: The Fort McDowell Fiesta Bowl Parade

According to, the only television coverage of the parade is on local Phoenix channel 3, KTVK-TV (or “3TV”), but they’ll also stream it live on the station’s Web site at Note that 11 AM MST is noon CST.

Post-parade update: See TV3’s coverage of The Pride in the parade by clicking here (MPEG-4, 38.2MB, iPod ready – not the best quality because it was from an Internet stream, but not bad).

3:45 PM – 5:15 PM (approx – parade ran long) Saguaro HS Rehearsal
Sunday, December 31 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM Saguaro HS Final rehearsal for the 2006 Pride Includes final auditions for drum major and voting.
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM Mill Avenue District, Tempe Beach Park

Performance: Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party

Parade at 7:00 PM, Pep Rally on Main Stage at 7:15 PM

Click here for a map with full details, attractions, and schedules for this New Year’s Eve block party that draws over 50,000 people. Tickets are $15
8:45 PM (or thereabouts) The Scottsdale Resort Pep band performance: OU Touchdown Club New Year’s Eve Party Tickets are $160 for adults over 21, $110 for ages 11-20, and $50 for children age 10 and under (includes dinner, unlimited mixed drinks, party favors, and souvenirs. Pep band members return to the block party after this performance.
Monday, January 1, 2007 2:15 PM

Fiesta Bowl site (“University of Phoenix” Stadium, Glendale, AZ)

Click here for more details on gameday events.

Performance: College Football’s Biggest Party Event runs 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, tickets required but include a “plated meal” (hopefully not nickel-plated or similar)
3:15 PM Performance: APS Pre-Game Party Invitation-only party in Lot G – North of Arena
3:30 PM Performance: Stadium Club party VIP party in Lot G – South of Arena
5:40 PM (or thereabouts) Performance: The Fiesta Bowl! Pregame, halftime, Sooner Support, and postgame tunes! Televised nationally in high-definition starting at 7:00 PM CST on FOX. The final performances of the 2006 Pride of Oklahoma.

It’s a full slate for our soon-to-be alumni! Come out to any rehearsal or performance you can to support The Pride and the Sooners in their quest for a second Fiesta Bowl championship!

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Sports updates!

Because the next best thing to sports are sports updates, right?

  1. Basketball: As many of you may have learned via E-mail, Showmen Alumni are invited to play at one of two games next week while The Pride and its staff are on the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trip. Trent Davis is again leading the alumni opportunity for these two games:

    • Thursday, Dec 28:
      OU Men’s BB vs. SMU, Lloyd Noble Arena (tip-off time: 7:00 PM)

    • Saturday, Dec 30:
      OU Women’s BB vs. New Mexico, Cox Convention Center, OKC (tip-off time: 2:00 PM)

    If you’re interested in performing at either or both BB games, contact Jeff Jahnke or Trent Davis to confirm or ask any questions.

  2. Football: Today, the Big 12 Conference released the football conference schedule for 2008-2015. Some of the dates may be changed for television, of course, and all eight OU vs. OSU games are listed for a two-day span, as they could be played on either the Friday or the Saturday after Thanksgiving in any given year. There are a couple of glitches on the page, too (they have OU hosting Colorado two consecutive years, and the November 2013 game at Nebraska has no date, although they mean “November 2, 2013”).

    Nonetheless, we have entered these games and their locations on our online calendar. To view it online in your Web browser, click here; to subscribe to it in a program like iCal, Now Up-to-Date, or Windows Vista calendar, click here instead. (Subscribing is better if you can do it, because that way, your own calendar program automatically picks up any changes we make to the schedule.)

The 36th Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, in which BCS #8 Boise State takes on BCS #10 Oklahoma, is on the FOX Television Network (not Fox Sports Network, the regional cable/satellite stuff, but the broadcast one where you find 24 and The Simpsons) on January 1, 2007. Coverage begins at 7:00 PM CST, and will be available nationwide in high-definition. We’ll post opportunities to see and hear The Pride of Oklahoma in Arizona as we’re aware of them.

Boomer Sooner! and a happy intersession to you all. :-):

Oklahoma: Big 12 Champions!

After Oregon, after Texas, did you give up?

Shame on you. :-):

Paul Thompson threw two touchdown passes to Malcolm Kelly and led the longest scoring drive in Big 12 championship history, leading Oklahoma to a 21-7 victory over No. 19 Nebraska on Saturday night.

Oklahoma also set the Big 12 championship record for fastest score. The game set an Arrowhead Stadium all-time attendance record at just over 80,000 fans, too.

Fun trivia: At Nebraska, Bill Callahan is now 0-12 when trailing at halftime.

The Sooners are now headed to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, at the brand new Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Kickoff time is 7:45 PM on Fox (not FSN, but regular “home of The Simpsons” Fox) in high-definition. Ticket information is available online. We’ll have links to Pride photos and schedules as they become available.

For the 40th time, the Sooners are conference champions!