Speed Up the Band: School Bands in the Age of the Hurry-Up Offense

A new post at prestigious sports-blog Grantland talks about what it’s like at schools around the country to play pep tunes when the offense may get to the line of scrimmage in just a few seconds:

Speed Up the Band: School Bands in the Age of the Hurry-Up Offense – The Triangle Blog – Grantland.

The author is not necessarily a band fan, and admit as a sportswriter he was “trained” to ignore bands, but noticed something during bedlam:

[The Pride] only had a few seconds between snaps. Yet within each of those quickly disappearing windows they managed to blast out a combination of notes that were not only instantly recognizable, but cut off at some logical end point. It was as if a talented magician was doing the same act that had made him famous, only now he was wearing a straitjacket.

(Try to forgive him for cutting about 100 members out of the band.) It’s interesting to see how other schools cope with the same thing, and to realize that of those interviewed, only at OU does most of the responsibility fall on the Drum Major, not on the band director. Ahead of the curve yet again! Game management is a lot more complicated than in my time, and not only does it fall to student drum majors at OU—they continue to do such an outstanding job that national sportswriters are noticing. Congrats to all!

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The 2012 Fall newsletter is here!

Let the registrations begin!

The three-page 2012 OUBAA Fall Newsletter is now available for download in PDF format. This is the one we used to spend hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours mailing to everyone in paper format, but you can have yours now, even on a holiday weekend, just by clicking the link.

The newsletter includes the Homecoming 2012 registration form, but as is now custom, you can instead register online for Homecoming 2012, including dues, Homecoming registration, game tickets, lunch tickets—everything you need. What’s more, you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account, and you can do it today!

Registering soon is highly recommended. Quoting the newsletter (also now a custom):

You’ll want to order early if you’ll need a ticket in Section 36. These seats will be at a premium and we won’t be ordering as many ‘extras’ for large instruments this year like we have in the past. Because of this, don’t wait until the last minute ‘hoping’ we’ll have extras. Order early to be sure you get one!

It is critical that we get a count as early as possible. If you can’t pay by the 30th, let us know if you need a Section 36 ticket and we’ll work out the payment later if we need to. Email Ann, our treasurer.

On the bright side, tickets are significantly less expensive this year! Check it out.

Registrations are due before September ends. There’s a countdown clock on the home page if you need reminding. Online and mail-in registrations are now open, so don’t get off to a slow start and have Fox Sports announcers start questioning your talent. Register today!

Update: OK one of you should have told me that the “View Cart” button was missing. Fixed, I think.

Hello, human musicians!

It is I, the Web site, your happy funtime football season pal. And we are now two weeks away from Sooner Football. I know it’s true because Twitter said so:

Accordingly, I have added a countdown timer until Homecoming 2012 in the left margin of the home page (or on the very bottom if you’re viewing on some mobile devices), and the events calendar has been updated with this year’s football schedule, as of this writing. (I cannot promise that teams will not leave or join the conference at any time.)

The 2012 Pride of Oklahoma, 300 strong, is finishing the week of pre-camp as classes start on Monday, August 20. Your human officers should have a newsletter for you soon, complete with pictures and registration instructions and adverbs and all the things humans like in an OUBAA newsletter. I shall also endeavor to stay updated for your assistance and happy football times. Fight with heart and soul to reach the goal!

No, The Pride is not playing at the Olympics

Scammers are what they are, but I’d love to make sure they know they messed with the wrong people this time:

Charitable donors beware: a door-to-door fundraising effort claiming to benefit the university’s marching band is not affiliated with OU, the band director said.

[…] A south Oklahoma City woman has filed a police report after giving a donation to a solicitor who told her the “Sooner Marching Band” was headed to the Olympics to play on behalf of OU, according to a press release.

The woman said she was asked to write her check to the Rick Allen Fulfilment Agency.

If you see or hear of such contemptible behavior, please do as this woman did and alert the police. Believe me, if The Pride were going to London to play, you’d have heard about it here many, many months ago!

Join us on April 14!

If you subscribe to the OUBAA Mailing List, you already received a copy of the brand new OU Band Alumni Association Spring 2012 Newsletter.  If not, do not fear—just click here to get it!

In there, you’ll find an invitation for all dues-paying members to participate in the Red and White Game on Saturday, April 14.  How would you like to play your horn at an OU Football game from the Pride’s seats in the stands again?  Both current Pride members and OUBAA members will sit together in Section 29 to cheer on both squads for this annual scrimmage, which shall not be televised.  We have lunch if you want it, we have guest tickets for just $5, so make it a family outing!

To pay all your fees for this online (dues are per calendar year, so paying your 2012 dues now means they’re not due again for Homecoming 2012, which we currently expect to be sometime in the fall of 2012, conference alignment permitting), just click over to our online payment page.  (Or download the newsletter, write a check, and mail it in for a small discount—the choice, as always, is yours—but we think the online payment system via PayPal is pretty nifty so far.)

We’ll unlock the rah-rah music for registered attendees in a week or two if you need a copy. But food, football, section 29, inexpensive—what’s not to like? Register today!

Pay your 2012 dues now!

Did you know that OUBAA dues are for each calendar year? You’re ahead of me.  I really should pay more attention to those things, but I think we all know that ship has sailed.

Anyway, you can now pay your 2012 dues online. Members who are paid up in their 2012 dues can, this year, for the first time, participate in the annual Oklahoma Football Spring Game, better known to all of us as The Red and White Game. Dues-paying members will have an opportunity to bring their instruments back to Owen Field and play with current Pride of Oklahoma members to cheer on the student athletes, meet up with former players, and have lots of fun!

Details when they’re available, but the payment page is now open again for 2012 dues (that’s the only item on there, as that’s all we’re accepting right now), so take a few moments to get the opportunity to cheer on spring football! The game will not be televised, so if you want to see it, you’ll want to be in the stands—and if you’re in the stands, shouldn’t you be playing Boomer? Of course you should!

Rah-rahs and iTunes Match

Aside

If you own the 2004 Rah-Rah CD, use iTunes, and have signed up for the $25/year iTunes Match service, there’s a hidden surprise for The Pride in there: extra royalties! Part of that $25 fee goes to pay artists a very small royalty every time you play a song covered by iTunes Match even if you owned the physical CD and didn’t buy the music from iTunes.

I’m not suggesting that you spend the money on iTunes Match if you weren’t going to, but if you have, be sure to add the Rah-Rah CD to your iTunes library so that when you play it, even on your iPhone or iPod or whatever, The Pride gets a tiny extra royalty. And if you don’t have it, you can buy it from iTunes or other fine purveyors of legitimate online music. Rah-rah!