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.


Pride of Oklahoma press book, Louisiana Tech week

I do not know if we (or the public) will have access to these for future games, but has published the “press booklet” for the first home game. If you’ve looked at the OUBAA history display cases in Catlett Music Center, you’ve seen some of these from the Leonard Haug era; Justin Stolarik is reviving the practice.
Here’s the story on, and here’s the booklet on Scribd. It contains the script for pregame and halftime, as well as diagrams of all the formations.

Start giving thanks with a big concert

Concert poster, 2013-11-21Warm up for the cold weekend ahead and dance in your gazebo with the OU Band Department’s big big concert, the second and final of the Fall 2013 Semester, with a fantastic program and the talents of the many fine students of the OU School of Music, plus some faculty.

Faculty! Jonathan Nichol, professor of saxophone, lends his talents during the Symphony Band‘s performance in two movements of Paul Creston’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band (1944): the second (“Mvt. II Meditative”) and first (“Mvt I Energetic”).  That’s part of the program conducted by Dr. Debra Traficante that also includes Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide”, the Lucien Calliet transcription of Richard Wagner’s Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral, and Paul Yoder’s transcription and arrangement of Prokofiev’s March for Military Band in B flat, Op. 99.

When the Wind Symphony takes the stage under Dr. William Wakefield, they’ll open with a newish (2011) transcription of Joseph Hellmesberger’s “Gypsy Dance” from The Pearl of Iberia—as seen here on YouTube conducted by the transcriber, Robert J. Ambrose. That’s followed by Sensemayá (1938) by Revueltas (arranged by Bencriscutto), and then guest conductor Sean Kelley with “Marches” from Symphony for Band, “West Point” (1952) by Morton Gould.

Dr. Wakefield returns for another lyrical arrangement of a Morton Lauridsen choral work, Contra Qui, Rose, as set for winds by H. Robert Reynolds.  The concert concludes with a modern masterwork for symphonic winds: Gazebo Dances by John Corigliano, arranged for concert winds by the composer in 1974 from his own set of four-hand piano pieces.  With Dr. Debra Traficante conducting, the Wind Symphony will perform all four movements of this difficult but rewarding icon of the concert repertoire.

The Sutton Series concert begins at 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Sharp Hall at the Catlett Music Center on the OU Campus.  Tickets may be purchased at the door or through the other Fine Arts ticketing services.  You can, alternatively, watch a live-stream of the concert at, but it’s much better to be there in person. We hope to see you there! Click on the poster to download your own copy in PDF format!