University of Texas Longhorn Band

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Longhorn Band
University of Texas Longhorn Band Logo.png
NicknameShowband of the Southwest
SchoolUniversity of Texas at Austin
LocationAustin, Texas
ConferenceBig 12
DirectorDr. Cliff Croomes
Associate DirectorDrew Dickey
Assistant DirectorDr. Marc Sosnowchik
Rehearsal spaceLonghorn Band Hall
Music Building and Recital Hall
Practice field"The Bubble"
Fight song"Texas Fight"
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The Longhorn Band on the field at a football game vs Baylor in 2006
The Longhorn Band's characteristic uniform
The Showband of the Southwest performs at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 2007

The University of Texas Longhorn Band (LHB), also known as the Showband of the Southwest, is the marching band of The University of Texas at Austin. The Longhorn Band was founded in 1900 by distinguished professor of chemistry, Dr. Eugene P. Schoch.[1] The band is currently under the direction of Dr. Cliff Croomes. The band performs at all in-state football games, for various Texas Longhorn Athletics teams, and at special pep rallies and parades throughout the year. The band includes about 375 students, all of whom must register for a year-round course offered by the Butler School of Music.

The Longhorn Band has received prestigious honors, such as the Sudler Trophy, in 1986 and performed at many notable occasions, including Super Bowl VIII and the inaugural parades of five presidents: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush.[2]


Founding and early years (1900–1955)[edit]

The Longhorn Band was founded in 1900 by distinguished professor of chemistry, Dr. Eugene P. Schoch. With Dr. H. E. Baxter, the first director of the Longhorn Band, they purchased $150 worth of instruments from a local pawn shop and recruited 16 students to make up the band. Dr. Baxter served as the director for five years before stepping aside, after which Dr. Schoch took full control of the band. Dr. Schoch stepped down as director after five years, but continued to serve as a chaperone for the band. For the next seven years, the Longhorn Band was run by students.[1]

In 1921, Mr. Burnett "Blondie" Pharr became the director of the Longhorn Band. Pharr developed the young band and led it on a tour through 17 states, performing at the Chicago World's Fair, Madison Square Garden, and Washington, D.C. Colonel George E. Hurt became director in 1936. Under his tenure, the Longhorn Band grew to over 200 members. After Col. Hurt suffered a stroke in 1949, Moton Crockett assumed the directorship of the Longhorn Band. In his final year as director, Mr. Crockett oversaw the purchase of the large bass drum that is today known as Big Bertha and affectionately called the "Sweetheart of the Longhorn Band". Big Bertha was purchased from the University of Chicago for $1. The drum had sat in storage in the school's stadium after UChicago disbanded their varsity football program. Big Bertha was radioactively contaminated by testing for the Manhattan Project that occurred at the stadium.[1]

Vincent R. DiNino era (1955–1975)[edit]

In 1955, Vincent R. DiNino was hired as the director of the Longhorn Band. He is credited with shaping the band into the organization it is today. DiNino's time as director saw the introduction of many traditions and characteristics of the band, such as the western-style uniforms, Big Flags Brigade, the Longhorn Alumni Band, and cowbells. DiNino oversaw the introduction of women into the band in a position besides majorette in 1956 and the integration of the band in 1962. The adoption of the moniker "Showband of the Southwest" also occurred during this time.[3]

Under the direction of Mr. DiNino, the Longhorn Band performed in the inaugural parades of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.

Late 20th century (1975–2001)[edit]

Tom C. Rhodes served as director of the band from 1975 to 1980. Glenn A. Richter, an alumnus of the University of Texas, returned to his alma mater as director of the Longhorn Band from 1980 to 1995. Paula Crider became director in 1995 and remained until 1999. Kevin Sedatole served as director for the short span from 1999 to 2001.[3]

Present day (2001–present)[edit]

Dr. Robert Carnochan assumed the directorship of the Longhorn Band in 2001. He served as director until 2015, leaving the Longhorn Band for a position as the Director of Bands at the University of Miami.[4]

Dr. Scott Hanna became the 14th director of the Longhorn Band in 2015. Dr. Hanna had served as the associate director of the band for the sixteen years prior to his appointment as director.[5]

In May 2021, Dr. Hanna announced his retirement, effective May 31. Dr. Cliff Croomes, then assistant director of bands at Louisiana State University was chosen to succeed as the 15th director of the Longhorn Band and the first Black director. Dr. Croomes graduated with his Bachelor of Music from the UT Butler School of Music in 2001 and is a former member of the Longhorn Band.[6][7]


Years Name
1900–1905 Dr. H. E. Baxter
1905–1910 Dr. Eugene P. Schoch
1910–1918 None identified
1919-1920 Leon C. Stanley
1921 Sidney P. Chandler
1921–1936 Burnett "Blondie" Pharr
1936–1949 Col. George E. Hurt
1949–1955 Moton H. Crockett, Jr.
1955–1975 Vincent R. DiNino
1975–1980 Tom C. Rhodes
1980–1995 Glenn A. Richter
1995–1999 Paula Crider
1999–2001 Kevin Sedatole
2001–2015 Dr. Robert Carnochan
2015–2021 Dr. Scott Hanna
2021–present Dr. Cliff Croomes

Drum Majors, Presidents, and Twirlers[edit]

Year Drum Major[8] Band President[9] Feature Twirlers[10]
1900-1902 No Record
1902-1904 Walker Stephens No Record
1904-1919 No Record No Record
1919-1920 Leon C. Stanley
1920-1922 D.T. Stafford
1922-1923 J.M. Maloney
1923-1924 Harold Broome Royal Calder
1924-1926 No Record
1926-1927 Allan C. Steere G.A. Toepperweir
1927-1928 Carl L. Olsen
1928-1929 W.R. Moyers
1929-1930 Weldon Fielder
1930-1931 Fred B. Becker
1931-1932 Neal Owen
1932-1933 Ben A. Parkinson
1933-1934 Millard Shaw, Jr.
1934-1935 Jack Dulliam
1935-1936 Charles Daniel Aubrey Fielder
1936-1937 No Record
1937-1938 Maurice Hoffman
1938-1939 John C. Dunlop
1939-1940 Curtis Popham Basil Bell
1940-1941 George P. Blevins, Jr. Becky Havens
1941-1942 James B. Newman No Record
1942-1943 Curtis Popham No Record
1943-1944 Moton H.
Crockett, Jr.
Phil Rogers No Record
1944-1945 Tom L. Robinson No Record
1945-1946 Pat M. Baskin No Record
1946-1947 James R.
Underwood, Jr.
Moton H. Crockett, Jr. No Record
1947-1948 C. Dewey Crowder, Jr. Justine Havens
1948-1949 Pete Schram William F. Needham, Jr. No Record
1949-1950 Fred A. Steffey, Jr. Norman L. Kiefer No Record
1950-1951 Frederick Edmond Lewis No Record
1951-1952 Hal W. Atkins I. Field Roebuck, Jr. No Record
1952-1953 Wallace Leon Swenson No Record
1953-1954 Jacky P. Gilbert C.C. Crutchfield, Jr. No Record
1954-1955 Sims Allen Buckley Margaret Ann Smith
1955-1956 Bobby Daffern Elizabeth Ann Mullenix
1956-1957 Edward Robertson
Bill Whited Elizabeth Ann Mullenix
Shirley Snipes Hewlett
1957-1958 Fred Anderson Elizabeth Ann Mullenix
Shirley Snipes Hewlett
1958-1959 Jay Don Gensler Shirley Snipes Hewlett
1959-1960 Arnold Birdsong Shirley Snipes Hewlett
1960-1961 Robert Foster B. Carolyn Porter
Irene Reeb Meitzen
1961-1962 Budge Mabry B. Carolyn Porter
Irene Reeb Meitzen
1962-1963 Bobby Don Hart Kenneth Nietenhoeffer B. Carolyn Porter
Irene Reeb Meitzen
Carolyn Jane Swerk
Carol Reeb Nietenhofer
1963-1964 Michael D. Sandgarten B. Carolyn Porter
Irene Reeb Meitzen
Carol Reeb Nietenhofer
Mimi Jansen
1964-1965 Bruce A. Kowert Carol Reeb Nietenhofer
Mimi Jansen
1965-1966 Newman Smith Carol Reeb Nietenhofer
1966-1967 Tommy Neal Cowan Lynn Kohlenberg
1967-1968 Dick Robinson Richard Coan Robinson Lynn Kohlenberg
1968-1969 Malcolm Nelson Lynn Kohlenberg
Carla Feuerbacher
1969-1970 Tom Waggoner Gordon Middleton Lynn Kohlenberg
Carla Feuerbacher
1970-1971 Glenn Richter Carla Feuerbacher
1971-1972 Steve Rode Steve Rich Carla Feuerbacher
Debora Jo Porter
1972-1973 Scott Harmon Debora Jo Porter
Deborah Lee Kirkham
1973-1974 Scott Harmon Lane Littrell Adana Teresa Willman
Nancy Crosby Elliott
1974-1975 Eric Hagstette Randy Roundtree Adana Teresa Willman
Nancy Crosby Elliott
1975-1976 Mike Figer Adana Teresa Willman
Nancy Crosby Elliott
1976-1977 Michael McFarland Adana Teresa Willman
Nancy Crosby Elliott
Janice Crosby Stone
1977-1978 Sam Carr Ken Crone Diedra Dodson
Dore Tubbs
Lynn Dell Harrell
Janice Crosby Stone
1978-1979 Gary Myers John Berry Diedra Dodson
Dore Tubbs
Lynn Dell Harrell
Janice Crosby Stone
1979-1980 Paul Scott Patterson Billy Haehnel Diedra Dodson
Dore Tubbs
Lynn Dell Harrell
Dawn Dodson
1980-1981 Scott Cherry Ron Munn Lynn Dell Harrell
Dawn Dodson
1981-1982 Gregory A. Wilson Carey Dietert Lynn Dell Harrell
Dawn Dodson
1982-1983 Douglas E. Bakenhaus Scott Sigler Dawn Dodson
Debbie Fritz
1983-1984 David Walshak Kathy Gatton Debbie Fritz
1984-1985 Wayne Martin Debbie Fritz
1985-1986 Scott Hastings John Loessin Debbie Fritz
Kristie Kriegel Peterman
1986-1987 Scott Duran Malcolm Randig Debbie Fritz
Kristie Kriegel Peterman
1987-1988 David Dubose Tara Bernhard Debbie Fritz
Kristie Kriegel Peterman
1988-1989 Chris Carter Kent Kostka Kristie Kriegel Peterman
1989-1990 Kevin Brown Kristie Kriegel Peterman
1990-1991 John Fleming Warren Schick Kristie Kriegel Peterman
Susan Tyroch Lynn
1991-1992 Julia Cook Susan Tyroch Lynn
Amy Ray
Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1992-1993 Julia Cook Lisa Epifani Susan Tyroch Lynn
Amy Ray
Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1993-1994 Mike Webber Christi Cuellar Amy Ray
Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1994-1995 Christi Cuellar Ray Joseph Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1995-1996 Roger Simmons Jimmy Maas Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1996-1997 Judd Frieling Ken Johnson Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1997-1998 Rob Hower Jennifer Hay Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
1998-2000 Brandon J. Allen Maegan Casey Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
Mandy Hampton Wray
1999-2000 Ben Lee Schneider Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
Mandy Hampton Wray
2000-2001 Doug Henderson Alex Hernandez
Robert Kevin Jones
Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry
Mandy Hampton Wray
Paige Pattillo-Brown
2001-2002 Marc Anthony Johnson Mandy Hampton Wray
Paige Pattillo-Brown
2002-2003 Ryan Zysk Adonis Directo
Leslie Hollingsworth
Paige Pattillo-Brown
2003-2004 Mack Wood Jennings McClarty Paige Pattillo-Brown
2004-2005 Derek Deas Whitney Coons
2005-2006 Kim Shuttlesworth Sarah Voges Whitney Coons
2006-2007 Sean Wahrmund Brian Schnittker Whitney Coons
2007-2008 Robert Selaiden Zack Allen Alexa Bourdage
2008-2009 John Brady Colin Barnett Alexa Bourdage
2009-2010 Tyler Dube Liz Prentice Alexa Bourdage
2010-2011 David Forinash Sam Clark Alexa Bourdage
2011-2012 Mariana Fanous Alexa Bourdage
2012-2013 Alex Judd Sophia Sherman Ashley Dolan
2013-2014 Alison Goodwin Ashley Dolan
2014-2015 Thomas Grothouse Erin McAtee Ashley Dolan
2015-2016 Mason Hurtte Kody Jones Ashley Dolan
2016-2017 Kevin Kwaku Henry Merschat Erica Kuntz
2017-2018 Jeff Bell Pamela Hildebrand Erica Kuntz
2018-2019 Jessica Martinez Jasmine Iafeta-Lelauti Erica Kuntz
2019-2020 Ally Morales Canyon Evenson Caroline Carothers
2020-2021 Karissa Ismael Caroline Carothers
2021-2022 Christian Douglas Justin Phan Aidyn Mentry
2022-2023 Paula Boothman Molly Mathis Aidyn Mentry

Organizational structure[edit]

Audition Process[edit]

Membership in the Longhorn Band is contingent upon a multi-step audition process. Prospective members must first submit a video playing audition. Upon approval of the video audition by band staff, the prospective member is invited to Band Week, which immediately precedes the start of the fall semester, and are sent traditional music and selected halftime music. At Band Week, prospective members are taught the band's marching style and attend multiple music rehearsals to prepare for the final marching and playing audition. This final audition determines membership in the band and field placement.[11]

Auditions for feature twirler are held only when the position is open. These auditions occur separately from the auditions for the main band and are generally held in the spring.[11]


Rather than mellophones, baritones, and tubas, LHB has Mellos, SOB's (Society of Baritones), and TUBA!s. Also, the band does not march flutes, only piccolos or Piccs.

Section Number
Picc 36
Clarinet 44
Saxophone 36
Trumpet 70
Mello 36
Trombone 36
SOB 18
TUBA! 28
Percussion 33
Big Flags 28
Silks 16


The Longhorn Band performs a different show at each home football game throughout the year. These shows include 'Traditional Shows', which feature signature music and drill, and 'Non-Traditional Shows', which feature contemporary music and a modern marching style.

Curl-on entrance[edit]

The curl-on entrance is a traditional entrance in which the marchers enter from both east and west sidelines. To reach this position, the section is positioned on the field, divided in the center, and then the marcher closest to the sideline begins a spiral towards the nearest end zone until all marchers are in a tight spiral with the last marcher on the sideline. This entrance is utilized for Wall-to-Wall Band performances, as well as other special occasions. Marchers enter with a Taps 8 to 5 stride, but adjust to a 6 to 5 interval for downfield marching.


After 4 whistles, the percussion will play eight "dead beats," during which time the band remains at attention. The function of these 8 counts is to establish tempo in a noisy stadium. Following the 8 dead beats, the person on the sideline leads on the marchers to the field. Marchers kick off from the sideline every two steps. After a designated number of counts, a 9-count halt cadence will be played.

Script Texas[edit]

First performed in 1957, "Script Texas" is a traditional halftime show performed every year. The Drum Major leads the band onto the field in a single-file line, spelling "Texas" in script writing. The band is split into two blocks at the start of the performance and begins by playing "The Yellow Rose of Texas." The Drum Major marches over to the front of block one and block one begins spelling out the T-E-X of "Texas". They only spell out the bottom part of the T and the / of the X, though. While the first block follows the Drum Major out onto the field, the color guard who are in block one march in a large circle to the side of the band before putting the top on the T after block one has marched to their positions. At the end of "The Yellow Rose of Texas," the band goes straight into "March of the Longhorns" and the rest of "Texas" is spelled out. Once "March of the Longhorns" is over, "Calypso" starts and the Drum Major leads the Saxophones, who are by themselves, into an arc that comes down and below A and S. This concludes Script Texas, and "Texas Fight" is played while the band marches off of the field.

Wall-to-Wall Band/Shotgun Texas[edit]

The Longhorn Band performing Wall-to-Wall at the 2007 Red River Shootout

"Wall to Wall Band" is another traditional drill performed annually by Longhorn Band. The drum line starts in the end zone while the band is off on each of the sidelines curled into spirals. The drum line marches onto the field, playing a cadence while the band usually jumps up and down over on the sides. After the drum line reaches their starting position, the Drum Major calls the band to attention, followed by another cadence that brings the band onto the field. The spirals are unrolled and the band marches straight down the yard lines and form into fronts. A roll off ensues, and "March Grandioso" begins. Every six counts, parts of fronts step off, marching in a six-to-five step, and form less dense fronts that still span the width of the field. Halfway through "March Grandioso," the band halts for 4 counts of silence, followed by a proclamation to beat the hell out of Texas' opponent. The band then continues down the field playing the rest of "March Grandioso" and transitioning straight into "March of the Longhorns." Once a front reaches the opposite end zone, a counter-march is performed to bring the band back the way it came. Before the counter-march, the Longhorn band covers the entire football field, putting meaning to the name Wall-to-Wall band. At the trio of "March of the Longhorns," the band contracts into larger fronts that span the width of the football field, then condense into smaller ones that span a little more than the distance between the hashes. At the end of "March of the Longhorns," Wall-to-Wall Band is officially finished, though it is typically followed by Shotgun Texas, in which several condensed fronts quickly shift to spell "TEXAS" in block letters. To start Shotgun Texas, another roll off starts and the band goes straight into "Texas Fight." After the Intro of "Texas Fight," the band spells out each letter of "TEXAS," leaving the fronts every 8 counts of "Texas Fight." In 2007, a twist was added to Shotgun Texas where, during the Interlude of "Texas Fight," the Longhorn band flipped the "Texas" from its traditionally facing west direction to spell it to the east side for the student section of the stadium. After the Interlude, the band marches off the field, concluding Shotgun Texas.


The Longhorn Band performing their pregame show at the 2006 Texas A&M game

Prior to kickoff at all home football games, the band marches through the north tunnel and fills the north end-zone with fourteen fronts. Instruments are held above the heads of the band members while they march in before coming down to play the fight song. The fronts cross the field using a modified high-step, called Taps Stride. The fronts march through the duration of "Texas Fight" and 8 counts afterwards, then halt and perform "Eyes Fanfare" to the east, north, and finally west side. Afterwards, the band begins "Texas Fight" again and marches the rest of the way down the field, turning once each front hits the 15 yard line and performing a counter-march toward the opposite end zone until stopping at the end of "Texas Fight." The band turns to face the west stands and performs an up-tempo arrangement of "Texas our Texas", the official state song, and the fronts then adjust to form an interlocking UT. The band stays at this position for announcements, the opponent's school song, and finally "The Star Spangled Banner" is played. Since some opponents travel long distances, they can't bring their band. If this is the case, the Longhorn band plays the opponents school song. After "The Star Spangled Banner" and the presentation of the colors, the band starts "Deep in the Heart of Texas" and marches to form a block T. After "Deep in the Heart of Texas," the sideways block T is then floated toward the south end zone while the band plays "Calypso." About a third of the way through "Calypso," the band halts and faces toward the 25 or 35 yard line. Normally, the top of the T stops at the back of the south end zone. However, due to stadium construction, for the 2007 season, the visiting team uses a locker room at the south end of the stadium, so the band stops at the front of the end zone to give the visiting team room to run to their side line. Once stopped, there are a few more announcements that take place, followed by the possible performance of "March Grandioso." "March Grandioso" is only played if enough time is left before the football team comes out. If not, the band goes straight into "The Eyes of Texas." Right after this, a short video is shown, followed by the entrance of the football team, accompanied by "Texas Fight." After this, the band marches through the south end zone before entering the stand for the game.

Non-traditional shows[edit]

The Longhorn Band performs four non-traditional shows each year. The band typically selects music that highlights a wide variety of musical artists and thematic ideas. The music and drill for these performances are arranged by current and former staff of the University of Texas School of Music. Thanks to the high general level of musical talent in the Longhorn Band, complex arrangements of popular tunes appear many times every year.

Selected recent non-traditional shows


In attendance at all home and away football games, the band performs signature songs. Many have been rooted in the band for many years.


Big Bertha[edit]

Big Bertha - Fall 2018

The band features Big Bertha, which is considered to be one of the world's largest bass drums. The drum is managed by the Bertha Crew, sometimes called "drum wranglers". The crew moves the drum around the field during performances, and twirls it when the team scores. Big Bertha was nicknamed the "Sweetheart of the Longhorn Band" when it arrived at The University of Texas campus in 1955. In 1955, the director of the Longhorn Band was Colonel D. Harold Byrd who purchased Big Bertha from the University of Chicago, then for only one dollar. Big Bertha performs in the traditional Longhorn Band pregame show performed before kickoff at every home game. She also performs in 'Script Texas', another LHB traditional show. She makes appearances at other events, such as appearing outside Gregory Gymnasium before volleyball games.

The drum was retired on October 15, 2022 after 100 years of service, making its last appearance during the halftime show in the football game with the Iowa State Cyclones alongside its replacement, Big Bertha II. The new drum measures 9.5 ft in diameter, making it the largest bass drum in the world.


During football games, members of the Longhorn Band shake cowbells to create noise in the stadium while the opposing team has the ball. The bells are rung only after the opposing team snaps the ball or in conjunction with drum cadences. When the opposing team is in the "red zone", the drumline will, at times, call a cadence that simply calls for the band to create as much noise as possible with the cowbells.

Travel Band[edit]

While the entire band traditionally travels to all in-state football games and bowl games, a smaller travel band composed mainly of section leaders is taken to out-of-state games.


The University of Texas and Longhorn Band are rooted in countless traditions and historic events. High standards of achievement are at the foundation of these institutions. The most important and lasting of all band traditions are the ever-present pride and spirit. Longhorn Band, the largest organization on The University of Texas campus, is the backbone of school spirit on campus. They take the initiative at pep rallies and games in firing up Texas fans with their favorite yells, and generally add to the excitement that is so characteristic of Texas sporting events. Below are a few of examples of these Longhorn Band and University of Texas traditions.

"Shake the Fringe"[edit]

Performed in conjunction with certain drum cadences, "Shake the Fringe" refers to the effect that results from a Longhorn Band member moving their shoulders back and forth in quick, violent motions. The "Fringe" of the uniform then flails wildly in the air.

"Home on the Range"[edit]

Sung during the last two minutes of every home football game, the members of the Longhorn Band place their arms around each other, begin swaying from side to side and then jump up-and-down as they sing their own colorful take on a traditional state song:

Home, home on the range,
where the deer and the antelope play [shout: with themselves!]
Where seldom is heard,
a discouraging word,
and the skies are not cloudy all day. [Hey, hey, hey]

The tradition started in the 1970s when the band would often sing dirty songs in the stands. The director at the time yelled at the band to sing something nice like "Home on the Range", and so the version now sung was created.


Innocent and unsuspecting pedestrians may find themselves as objects of entertainment for the Longhorn Band members. After targeting an individual, LHB members will yell "hup" every time the target takes a step. Once the individual realizes what is happening they typically adjust their strides in an effort to confuse, trick, evade, or hoodwink the band. The "hups" continue until the individual stands still, at which point the band lets out a long sigh, or if the individual trips and falls down.

In The Stands[edit]

The Longhorn Band follows many traditions while in the stands for Longhorn football games. Most of all, all members stand for the entire game and yell before every play in conjunction with ringing their cowbells. Numerous times throughout the game, the "Texas! . . . Fight!" chant is yelled by the entire stadium. Also, the drumline plays cadences between almost every play, all of which are accompanied by dancing or chanting, such as "Go, Horns, Go", "Where my horns at?", "Defense!", and "Texas, Texas, yeehaw!"

New Member Beanie[edit]

After audition results are posted, the new members are presented with the traditional Longhorn Band New Member Beanie. There is then a contest held to see which of the new members can consecutively wear the beanie to practices the longest. The male and female new members who wear their beanie the longest are traditionally rewarded with a steak dinner.

Spring Banquet[edit]

Each spring, usually the first weekend in May, the Longhorn Band Spring Awards Banquet takes place. This event is not only a celebration of the previous year's achievements but also the event that passes the torch to the next generation of LHB by the presentation of scholarships and traditional honors such as:

  • Scholarships awarded by the Alumni Band
  • Lettering awards for LHB's First and Veteran Members
  • Passing of the President's Ring to the new council president
  • Passing of the Freshman Advisor Beanies to the new Advisors
  • Announcement of the next year's Drum Major, and presentation of the Drum Major Buckle
  • Presentation of various other awards for service, achievement, or other significance.

President's Ring[edit]

One tradition of LHB is the "Passing of the President's Ring." During this ceremony, which takes place at the annual Spring Banquet, the former Band President presents the ring to the new President. The tradition began at the close of World War II when the parents of Curtis Popham, Longhorn Band Drum Major, who was killed in the war, gave Curtis' University ring to the Band for this purpose.

Drum Major's belt buckle[edit]

The Drum Major's belt buckle is passed on to the new Drum Major at the annual Spring Banquet. Engraved on the back are the names of past Longhorn Band Drum Majors beginning in 1969.

Auxiliary and related organizations[edit]

Longhorn Alumni Band[edit]

The Longhorn Alumni Band, or LHAB, was founded in 1964 and is composed of former members of the Longhorn Band. The Longhorn Alumni Band plays at many events, services, and celebrations around the state as well as Alumni Band Day. On Alumni Band Day, many of the former band members come together for a special halftime performance during one of the football games. During the combined performance, LHB and LHAB share the field, with over 1,000 musicians. The Longhorn Alumni Band is the largest in the world, with 2,600 members among its ranks, scattered around the globe.

Longhorn Band Student Association[edit]

The Longhorn Band Student Association (LHBSA) is the group responsible for organizing student activities within the Longhorn Band. Its main purpose is to serve the Longhorn Band by helping members become acquainted and accustomed to working with one another. The LHBSA is a registered student organization with the U.T. Dean of Students office. Membership is open to any Longhorn Band member, and the active fees are determined by the members each year. The LHBSA sponsors social events throughout the year and the annual Longhorn Band Awards Banquet in the spring.

The officers of LHBSA are collectively termed the Band Council. Election of officers is held during the spring semester at a general meeting of the members of the LHBSA. The Freshman Advisors are elected by the LHBSA members during a general meeting in the fall. The Presidents of Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma are elected by their respective organizations and the Drum Major is determined by audition. Freshman Representatives are elected by the first year members of Longhorn Band at a special meeting following the posting of the final Longhorn Band audition results. The Parliamentarian, if deemed beneficial, is appointed by the President.

Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma[edit]

The band is supported by a service fraternity and sorority, the Alpha Tau chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and the Beta Gamma chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, respectively.

Longhorn Pep Band[edit]

The Longhorn Pep Band plays at all home volleyball and men's and women's basketball games. While technically a separate ensemble from the Longhorn Band, it falls under the same umbrella of leadership and shares many members with the Longhorn Band.

Supporting organizations[edit]

External video
video icon Longhorn ROTC Band

The Longhorn Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) Detachment 825 maintains a small military band that also supports the Longhorn Marching Band.

Awards and honors[edit]

Honorary members[edit]

On May 7, 2007, for the first time in Longhorn Band history presented Coach Mack Brown and Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds with Honorary Membership for their outstanding spirit, pride, and leadership. The Longhorn Band Honorary Membership honor was established by then President of Kappa Kappa Psi Eddie Lopez.

Notable alumni[edit]


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