Homecoming 2014 schedule posted

If you are registered for Homecoming 2014, you should have already received the schedule in E-mail. If not, please contact Rita or Temporary Rita immediately!

For everyone else, if you’d like to know when things are scheduled to happen, check out the events calendar. Click here to see and print Saturday’s schedule. There are some extra tickets (game, lunch, perhaps other kinds) available still on a first-come, first-serve basis; contact Temporary Rita for information on those.

Everything is very early because network television does not care about you, so get plenty of rest and get ready for a Big 12 Showdown the Sooners need to win to stay in playoff contention!

Isn’t there always a concert during Texas week?

PosterWSSB_10_6_141The University of Oklahoma Band Department presents a Sutton Series concert on Monday, October 6, featuring the Wind Symphony and Symphony Band performing music inspired by images: “Pictures, imagined and real.”

(When you get right down to it, those two categories include basically all the pictures. If they’re not real, they’re imagined. “Photoshop” is not a separate category.)

The Symphony Band opens the program under the direction of Dr. Michael Hancock, the new Interim Assistant Director of Bands. He was most recently a graduate conducting fellow at the University of Miami, and was previously Music Director of the Heidelberg Arts Ensemble in Heidelberg, Germany. The program includes Firefly by Ryan George (b. 1978, so not George Ryan—sorry, George), Chant Funéraire by Gabriel Fauré (orchestrated in 2004 by Myron Moss), and both “II. Mass” and “III. Carinval” from H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana. Dr. Reed passed away on January 8 of this year at the age of 103, but La Fiesta Mexicana is enjoying its 60th year of performance.

After a brief intermission, the Wind Symphony takes the stage at Sharp Hall under the baton of Dr. William K. Wakefield, with three pieces that will all but make you see their inspiration projected on your eyes. (I’m imagining that right now, so it’s working already.) First, there’s Ecstatic Fanfare from the always original and evocative Steven Bryant, based on his Ecstatic Waters. That’s followed by Clare Grundman’s adaptation of the full Candide Suite, a selection of five songs from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Finally, the Wind Symphony presents Merlin Patterson’s recent adaptation and transcription of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

I know this not because I’m a genius, but because I’ve seen the program [PDF], and you can too by clicking on that link. You can also click on the poster above to get your own full-resolution beautiful PDF version of that, suitable for anything for which posters are suitable.

Sutton Series Concert tickets are available at the Catlett Music Center box office before the performance, and cost $9 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, staff, or senior citizens, but the poster does say “$10 at the door.” The concert begins at 8:00 PM, and if you can’t attend, you’re invited to watch the livestream by clicking here. See you there!

TCU kickoff set

The TCU game on October 4 will kickoff at 2:30 PM CDT, at Amon Carter Stadium on the TCU campus. The game will be telecast by FOX (that means the broadcast network, not a regional FSN or FOX Sports 1, to the best of my knowledge), so that’s channel 25 in the Oklahoma City area and channel 23 in the Tulsa area.

OUBAA Calendar updated


Our calendar finally has been updated, so if you subscribe to it in Windows or Google or iOS Calendar programs, this year’s games should show up properly. No pregame or postgame schedules are included because I do not have access to those for 2014 as of this writing.

The game schedules are provided by Yahoo, so any game whose kickoff time is not yet set is listed as a noon (central time) kickoff. That’s not precise, but on the other hand, before fixing this, the previous calendar had one parade scheduled for (I think) September 28, 2999. So I’ll take the incorrect noon kickoff times. I shall endeavor to keep it updated this fall.

(Yes, Homecoming 2014 is on there. Register now!)

Newsletter! Registration! Do it now!

Remember Smokey and the Bandit? “We’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there…”

OK, so I’m old. Nonetheless, it’s true. Homecoming is October 16, the Saturday after OU-Texas, when the Sooners host Kansas State. That means your officers and your webmaster (who is in no danger of breaking any speed records himself) have very little time to get everything counted, deposited, ordered, scheduled, blocked, laminated, sorted, labeled, borrowed, packaged … um, I want to say “narrated?” Frosted?

I’m forgetting about 25 things here. To get that all done on everyone else’s deadline, our own deadline has to be pushed up significantly. That’s why registration for Homecoming 2014 is due on September 23, 2014.

There’s a big old counter at the top of the home page counting down the time; it’s almost exactly two weeks away as I write this. So don’t dawdle on your registration and tickets to see the post-Red River Rivalry Sooners take on conference rivals Kansas State and participate in a halftime show featuring the state’s biggest singalong ever, as far as I know!

Download the 2014 Fall Newsletter here. (PDF, 2 MB)

Register and Pay Online for Homecoming 2014 here.

2014 Pride Ready to March

Story from The Norman Transcript. An excerpt:

[This week’s] halftime show will be 6½ minutes of nonstop movement and action.

“Our shows are designed somewhat like an Ed Sullivan show. They are dynamic with a continuous flow. There always has to be high energy from the students,” Stolarik said.

For the OU vs. Tennesse game, Sept. 13, Stolarik said the band will delve into cinematic music by Bernard Herrman. Music from Alfred Hitchcock movies such as “North by Northwest” and “Psycho” and other classics like “Taxi Driver” will be featured.

“People know the movies and even if they don’t know the movies, they … they know the social reference such as Robert De Niro’s line ‘You talkin’ to me?,” Stolarik said. “We’re working with Sooner Vision to integrate film elements into the show. It’ll be a great show. It’s really fantastic music.”

Additionally, during the OU vs. Tennessee halftime show, The Pride will feature Jonathan Nichol, OU assistant professor of saxophone, with a saxophone solo.

Founded in 1904, The Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band continues to support Sooner Spirit as the band begins its 111th year. “The Pride” stands for excellence in musicianship, academics, school spirit and commitment to its role in the surrounding community. The Pride is composed of 56 music majors and 216 non-music majors. Eighty-four academic majors and 20 states are represented in the band.

So for anyone who asked: this year’s membership is 272.