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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