2016 Biennial Membership Meeting

The Texas Aggie Band Association invites all former bandsmen to attend the Biennial Membership Meeting and Reunion on Saturday, March 12, 2016. We are finalizing the details now but the plan is to have the event at BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse that morning with a breakfast buffet starting at 8:30am and the meeting beginning at 9:00am.

During the business meeting, we will provide an update on the happenings of the TABA as well as elect the new Board of Directors. We will also have groups of former bandsmen attending the A&M baseball game against Fresno State later that day at 2:00pm as well as playing golf at the newly renovated TAMU Campus Golf Course.

More details will be available on the registration site at reunion.tabaonline.com once it becomes active.

2015 Football Season Travel Schedule

The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band will be attending 9 games this fall, missing the Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and LSU games. Below is the complete football schedule with games that the Aggie Band will be attending highlighted in bold:

  • 9/5/2015 - Arizona State (Houston, TX)
  • 9/12/2015 - Ball State (College Station)
  • 9/19/2015 - Nevada (College Station)
  • 9/26/2015 - Arkansas (Arlington, TX)
  • 10/3/2015 - Mississippi State (College Station)
  • 10/17/2015 - Alabama (College Station)
  • 10/24/2015 - Ole Miss (Oxford, MS)
  • 10/31/2015 - South Carolina (College Station)
  • 11/7/2015 - Auburn (College Station)
  • 11/14/2015 - Western Carolina (College Station)
  • 11/21/2015 - Vanderbilt (Nashville, TN)
  • 11/28/2015 - LSU (Baton Rouge, LA)

Class of 2013 Boot Pull Reunion

Final Review for the 2014-2015 school year was held on Saturday, May 9th, 2015 and the Class of 2016 wore their boots (officially) for the first time during second pass. As part of a tradition that goes back over 20 years, the Class of 2013 was on hand to pull boots for the fish that took off their boots during their zip year.

After the conclusion of the festivities on the quad, the TABA held a reunion for the Class of 2013 at BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in College Station. See below for pictures from the event. Click on the images to scroll through the image gallery:
 

2015-2016 Drum Majors Announced

From: 2015-04-30

The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band Drum Majors for the 2015-2016 school year have been announced. They are:

  • Head Drum Major: Timothy Cummins ’16 (B Company), Whitehouse, Texas
  • Artillery Band Drum Major: Matt McClure ’16 (A Battery), San Antonio, Texas
  • Infantry Band Drum Major: Hayden Perry ’16 (A Company), Gunter, Texas

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left-to-right: Hayden Perry, Timothy Cummins and Matt McClure

FTAB Leads the Way on Parent's Weekend

From: 2015-04-30

Parent's Weekend 2015 was held a couple weekends ago and major unit awards were given out. The Aggie Band was once again well represented amongst the award winners - click on each image below for a larger version:
 

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The President's Flag for Best Overall Major Unit - Combined Band
 

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The General George F. Moore Award for Most Outstanding Unit in the Corps - A Battery
 

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The J.J. Sanchez Award for Recruiting & Retention - B Company
 

LTC E.V. Adams '29 Selected as Distinguished Alumnus

From: 2015-04-30

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The Distinguished Alumnus Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student of Texas A&M University. It has been awarded since 1962 to fewer than 250 of Texas A&M’s 425,000 former students. This award recognizes Aggies who have achieved excellence in their chosen professions and made meaningful contributions to Texas A&M University and their local communities. This coming October, LTC Edward V. Adams '29, will posthumously receive this well-deserved honor.

There have been many Directors of the Fighting Texas Aggie Band who have each in their own way contributed to the success of this organization. Holick, Dunn, Haney, and Toler are legends among many former Band members, but only one former director can be nominated for this award because he is the only one who is a graduate of Texas A&M. LTC E. V. Adams graduated in 1929 with a BA in English, and then subsequently earned an MA in the early 1930's. After a successful career as a high school English teacher and band director, Col. Adams was selected by Col. Dunn in 1946 to become the director of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band.

For the next 26 years, Col. Adams was the driving force behind and in front of the A&M Band. Many of the complex maneuvers and drills that still awe half-time audiences today were a product of Col. Adams’ fertile imagination and creativity. He also set a standard for excellence and perfection that endures to the present time. As Colonel Joe T. Haney said when he took over from Col. Adams: “My job is not to build up the Band. It’s there, through the untiring, and dedicated efforts of Colonel Adams. My job is to keep it at that exceptional level.” No wonder Colonel Adams carried the unofficial title of “Dean of the Southwest Conference Band Directors.”

However, what is more amazing is that for most of his tenure at Texas A&M Col. Adams had no help other than a student assistant and the many student leaders whom he mentored and developed. Not often did one see the kind, understanding man that dwelled within his uniform -certainly seldom in public settings. But have something happen to one of his Bandsmen, he would work with the person and his outfit leadership to resolve the issue. Or should a Bandsman come to the Colonel for advice, his door would be open. He did not change his standards, yet he helped each of us find our way forward. And it was not lost on any Bandsman that respect, dignity and integrity were of the highest calling when dealing with others. Another quiet learning lesson was how the Colonel revered and paid such respect to Mrs. Adams who was such a lady - we quickly grasped that a relationship like that was one of life’s true goals. His message was clear in how he conducted himself: There were no short cuts in life but when you knew where you were going and what needed to be done, then hard work and persistence could carry you.

For one of the Colonel’s drill assistants, John Focke ’69, the telling tale of all those hours spent with the Colonel in the fourth stoop window overseeing band drill came when the Colonel called him into his office for his farewell words to the graduating senior, who was on his way to medical school. John’s most fervent wish was to march with the Aggie Band as his father had. But a childhood paralysis had left him in need of a walking cane to get around. The Colonel had seen to it that John had the opportunity to work with Emil Mamaliga, the Aggie football strength coach, to try to strengthen his legs enough that he could march with the band. But it was not to be. The Colonel said to John: “You, Mr. Focke, have been an asset to me, the Aggie Band, and most of all to yourself! Good Luck in the future. Now, get to class before I get a call wanting to know why you were late!” It was no surprise that the Colonel was there when John graduated from UT-Houston Medical School. And we each have our own personal stories to tell about this wonderful, inspirational leader of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

The nomination of Col. Adams received tremendous support from former students, and former Band members. This support sprang from an initiative spearheaded by Jim Hawthorne '71 to garner support from several classes from the late 60's and early '70s. Specifically, and in addition to numerous individual letters of support, the Classes of 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1966, and 1949 submitted letters of recommendation in which virtually all of the living members participated.

The TABA Board would like to express our appreciation to Jim Hawthorne ‘71 and others who helped in the effort to ensure that this man receive this long overdue recognition from a University and organization to which he dedicated his life.

Col. Adams will be recognized by the Association of Former Students during the Distinguished Alumni Gala to be held Friday, October 2, 2015 at Reed Arena on the Texas A&M campus. For more information including how to register for the gala, please visit the Distinguished Alumni Gala website at www.aggienetwork.com/distinguishedalumnigala/

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Reader Submitted Stories about LTC. E.V. Adams:

"Col. Adams had a reputation for being rather crusty. That reputation must have permeated the Trigon as well, where the 'bulls' would be sure not to get crosswise with him.

In Spring 1969, the Army ROTC cadets were preparing for the annual Army inspection. One of the events that was always part of that inspection was a full review on the drill field in front of the MSC. The day before that review was to occur, LTC Baine, assistant Commandant, was in charge of a practice review with all unit commanders and guidon bearers. As a drum major for the Aggie Band, I was part of that practice, but Col. Adams could not attend.

At one point during the practice, Col. Baine decided that some corrective 'instruction' was needed, and called all the unit commanders together in front of the reviewing stand where he could cover some of the finer points of how a review was supposed to be conducted. Every time he talked about something he needed a brigade or battalion to do, he immediately turned to us drum majors and almost apologized. He made it clear that we could pretty much ignore everything he was saying because we were supposed to do whatever it was that Col. Adams had told us.

The truth was that Col. Adams had not really told us anything specific about this review - something we never admitted - but his reputation created a shield for us drum majors. The last thing that Col. Baine wanted at that time was to get on the wrong side of Col. Adams, in spite of their being the same rank."

- Larry Lipke '69


"I had the Privilege of being in the Aggie band from 1957-1960 and marching under the leadership of Colonel Adams. Being in the Aggie Band was one of the highlights of my time at A&M and I always enjoyed being in the Band and the comradeship of the Band members. The fact that the Band was a great outfit and a great Institution was an ongoing tribute to Colonel Adams. While he usually 'soft pedaled' his role, he made certain that the Band maintained its standards and excellence not only as a musical organization but also as an 'outfit' and as a culture that would help us all build our character and our future. I am delighted to see that this award is being given to Colonel Adams.

I also had the privilege of being in the Band at A&M Consolidated High School under Colonel Dunn, Colonel Adams predecessor. I can provide this brief note in support of Dunn, Adams and their successors in developing and continuing the excellence of the Aggie Band. I joined the Faculty of the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1992 and have been going to OU Football games since. When the OU Band took (and currently takes) the field at half-time, a large number of the crowd heads for the exits. In 1992, A&M played OU for the first time in 40 years and the Aggie Band was there. As the first half ended, the rush to the exits began. The Aggie Band hit 'Recall' and everyone simply stopped and watched with their mouth open. No one left. When the OU Band took the field the rush to the exits resumed. Until A&M left the big 12 three years ago, people here (and sportswriters) always eagerly anticipated watching the Aggie Band march. There has been little change to the reception for the OU Band.

As we always said: WE NEVER LOST A HALFTIME. GIG-EM."

- Butch Couch '61


"Thanks very much for the newsletter. I am very proud of Col Adams receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award. He was my Band Director. Too bad he did not receive it while he was still alive. I remember him well and am pleased he was named to this honor. I will plan to be present in October when the awards are presented."

- Ray Holbrook '48


Below is my remembrance of that fateful early morning of 14 November 1954 and the following days:

Paul Gentry was the Consolidated Band CO, Fred Wilms was White Band CO, and I was Maroon Band CO (and Drum Major). It was Friday night of bonfire week, when perhaps a dozen or so p-heads from both Bands got together the plot, unbeknown to Fred or me. Pat Bell '57 lived on a farm and his father owned a pumper fire truck. He and the other conspirators had arranged to bring the fire truck to the campus and park it in the gravel parking lot at the south end of Dorm 11 (where the Evans Band Hall now stands).

About 4 AM that morning the conspirators put on the standard rain gear of the day (p-pots and ponchos), drove the fire truck up between Dorm 11 and Duncan Mess Hall, got their instruments and marched down the quad (then called the "New Area") playing "Texas Taps". The record shows that they were also playing the War Hymn, but I don't remember that.

When a bunch of the other cadets came out of the dorms with trash cans full of water for the anticipated water fight, the "conspirator band" broke and ran around the south end of Dorm 9. When the following cadets rounded the end of Dorm 9 they were met with a tremendous stream of water from the pumper!

At about that time Major Percy Goff (USAF) and the Cadet Officer of the Day (Boots, saber and all!) came running over from their Headquarter in Dorm 12 and were also baptized! There has since been some discussion of a water fight at the Bonfire Site on the main drill field (now called Simpson Drill Field), but I don't know or remember anything about that. What I do remember is the notice Fred and I got to appear in Col. Davis' office!

Col. Davis the Commandant was, as I remember him, a tall straight military man who was all business - all military and no foolishness. Col Adams sat in the corner of the office while Fred and I saluted, reported, and stood at attention while we got a good dressing down! As we left we were not certain whether we would be expelled or not! I still remember what Col. Davis said to us, the old military maxim "A Commander is responsible for everything his men do or fail to do!" I've never forgotten that to this day. Fortunately, neither Fred nor I were expelled!!!

Now for the rest of the story!!: During our 50th class reunion, a bunch of us bandsmen and wives were having barbecue at a CS restaurant and I proceeded to recount the story for all. We all had a good laugh and then Lena Douphrate, wife of classmate Bill Douphrate, said, "But you don't know the rest of the story". And she proceeded to tell us that she was Col. Wilkins secretary at the time and heard it all. She recounted how after Fred and I left Col Davis' office, Col. Adams, Col. Wilkins, and Col. Davis had a great laugh expressing the sentiment that it was all "great bull"! So apparently Fred and I were unnecessarily fearful!.

Col. Adams was a great Aggie and a father figure to us all!

- Earl Pike '55


I wanted to submit this vivid memory I have of Col. Adams during a trip to Norman, OK for our 1950 game with the University of Oklahoma. I’ll do my best to narrate it as follows:

We boarded a specially chartered train in College Station late on Oct. 6 for the ride to Norman, OK and the 1950 football game with The University of Oklahoma on Oct. 7. The train was to haul the Texas Aggie Band, of which I was a Sophomore member, and any other cadets (we were all cadets then, except for WWII veterans studying on the GI bill) who wanted to go and could afford the modest ticket price. Upperclassmen got the best seats, of course...and we took what were left...and I do recall there being enough for everyone. Col. Adams, of course, was with us every step of the way. We all knew if anything went wrong, he would have our back!!! It was an all night ride...and we got there in time to get something to eat before game time.

And what a game it was!!! We had OU down 28 to 27 late in the 4th quarter, but they came from behind in the final 61 seconds to outscore us 34 to 28!!!! We were not depressed very long, though...because the OU sororities threw a big dance on the campus to which all us Aggies on the trip were invited. Those Sooner girls were great hostesses and despite the loss, we had a great time. We had to be at the train station in Norman at midnight in order to be back in Dallas the next morning because the Aggie Band was scheduled to play a concert at the State Fair late Sunday morning.

The train pulled into Union Station around 7:30 that morning and Col. Adams had the band gather around him on the station platform for instructions. He told us we’d walk over to the B&B Cafe...around the corner from the Adolphus Hotel and just a few short blocks away...where we would eat breakfast. I don’t know whether the B&B knew we were coming or not. But I happened to be within earshot when Col. Adams entered the front door and heard a typical example of the extremely dry wit for which the Colonel was well known. He went up to the man at the cash register and said “I have a group with me for breakfast.” “How many?” asked the cashier. “One-hundred-and-eighty” answered the straight-faced Col. Adams!! Well...the laughter could be heard out the door and down the street. But somehow the B&B met the challenge...we had a great breakfast...played the concert at the State Fair Grounds...got back to College Station that Sunday evening in time for classes the next morning. What a weekend!

- Roddy Peeples ‘53

Colonel Joe T. Haney Update

From: 2015-03-04

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We recently received the following update from Col. Brewer regarding Colonel Joe T. Haney:

"All former Aggie Bandsmen:

I have spent a lot of time recently with Joe and Mary Haney. Joe was diagnosed with Alzheimers some time ago. His condition has reached a point of mental deterioration, where it has become necessary to place him in a facility here in College Station. It has become very difficult to care for him in their home. Having dealt with this disease with my mother, I know this is the very best thing for Mary and Joe's care. Your prayers and thoughts for the "Colonel" I know will be appreciated. I will do my best to represent all of us with visits and care. I guess it's the perfect time for us to remember once again our days in dorms 9 & 11, on the drill field, and sounding recall at Kyle Field under his direction. I will keep you all informed on the situation...

Jay O. Brewer '81"

 
The 12th Man Kickoff Team Foundation honored Col. Haney this past fall at their annual scholarship dinner. Below is the video they played as part of the presentation. Many of you that were in the band during Col. Haney's tenure will recognize yourselves or someone you knew in the video:

Delay in Membership Renewal Letters

From: 2014-11-05

Due to the sudden resignation of a long time staff member at the CCA, this year's membership renewal letters were delayed by a couple months. Our plan was to send the letters out at the beginning of August but the shake up in operations delayed the mailing until the beginning of October.

While the timing of the renewal letters typically is not an issue, it created an issue this year because the letters included information about the TABA reunion that was being held in September. We posted news about the reunion on our Facebook page and on the TABA website over the summer. But given that we still lack email addresses for a large portion of former bandsmen, we were relying on the renewal letters to get the word out to the masses. We received comments from many of you expressing your disappointment in getting the information about the reunion after the fact.

I want to apologize for this error and let you know we are working on a solution to communicate with our membership more frequently to make sure this does not happen again. We are currently looking for a person to serve in a Communications Director role for the TABA. This person's sole responsibility would be to provide timely and pertinent information to our membership. If you would be willing to help out in this role or know of someone who would be a good candidate, please email us with that information at taba@tabaonline.com.

I also would appreciate your help in reaching out to your classmates to make sure they are signed up to receive our email newsletters. We still send out the membership letters via snail mail every year, but our main method of communication is online via our website, Facebook page and email. Please forward this message to your classmates and let them know they can get on our email list by sending their contact info to taba@tabaonline.com.

Sincerely,
Chris Sullivan '98
President, TABA

Former Bandsman Recognized by AFS

From: 2014-11-05

Aaron Zorn '05
Aaron Zorn '05

Each year, The Association of Former Students’ 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight recognizes 12 Aggies who have graduated within the past 12 years for their outstanding accomplishments in business, civic service and philanthropy, and for representing Texas A&M’s core values of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service.

The 2015 group includes former bandsman Aaron Zorn '05. Aaron is featured on the AFS 12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight website and will also be featured in the Jan-Feb 2015 issue of Texas Aggie magazine.

Congratulations Aaron!

Minor Unit Staffs Reactivated

From: 2014-11-05

Arty Band Staff

Last year we reported that two units were being reactivated within the band due to the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band's increasing numbers. This fall, the decision was made to also reactivate the two minor unit staffs - Artillery Band Staff & Infantry Band Staff. Commanding Officers for this year's Artillery and Infantry Band Staffs are Sara Carriker '15 and Justin “JT” Tash '15, respectively.

Infantry Band Staff

The TABA helped with the startup costs for these two staffs by providing each with $1,000 in a ceremony after Saturday morning drill earlier this fall. The commanding officers accepted the checks on behalf of their staffs and were joined by TABA board members Chris Sullivan '98, Cary Tschirhart '85/'93 and Ryan Knape '04.

Click on the images for pictures from the ceremony.

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2014 TABA Reunion

From: 2014-06-03

Howdy!

We are excited to announce that this year’s TABA Reunion will occur the weekend of the Rice football game - September 13 & 14, 2014. We will have a number of events throughout the weekend and you have the option to register for as many or as few events as you wish. To register, click on the following link:

reunion.tabaonline.com

Please see below for the schedule of events and details for each.

Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • Morning Drill
    Time: 8:00am
    Place: Joe T. Haney Drill Field next to E.V. Adams Band Hall
    The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will have morning drill on the Joe T. Haney Drill Field the morning of the Rice football game. We invite you to attend with your classmates and relive the days of old. At the conclusion of morning drill, the TABA will present checks to both the Infantry Band Staff and Artillery Band Staff in the amount of $1,000 each in support of their reactivation.
     
  • TABA Reunion
    Time: 12:00pm
    Place: Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802
    Ticket Price: $20 for over age 10, $12 for 10 and under
    Catering will be provided by Buppy’s and will be a buffet-style barbecue.
Sunday, September 14, 2014
  • fish BBQ
    Time: 1:00pm
    Place: Rec Center, Archery Room on the Texas A&M Campus
    Ticket Price: $20 for all attendees
    The TABA will be hosting a barbecue for the fish Class of 2018. Catering will be provided by Buppy’s and we would like to have as many former bandsmen attend as possible to welcome the fish to the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. We will be presenting the freshmen with a framed photo of their first drill on Kyle Field as well as a copy of the The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band book written by Don & Mary Jo Powell.

If you plan to attend the game and/or stay overnight, you will need to make your own arrangements as we will not be blocking out any hotel rooms or have any block seating available at the game.

FTAB Cadets Elected Freshman Class President and Freshman Senator

From: 2013-10-09

Congratulations to fish DeForest Gordy ’17 of B-Company on his election win as the Freshman Class President for 2013 – 2014! DeForest was one of several cadets who ran for this prestigious position, and when all votes were counted he was the victor. DeForest is an International Studies major from Lindale, Texas who is a member of the Corps as an Army Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) cadet with plans to commission into the U.S. Army after graduation.

Congratulations also to fish W Hayden Lander ’17, of C-Battery who was elected this fall as a Freshman Student Senator. As one of only two Freshman Senators chosen, he received the most votes in his election! W Hayden is an International Studies major from Angleton, Texas and plans to attend law school after graduation.

Fall 2013 Update from the Director of Bands

From: 2013-09-24

I always appreciate the opportunity to provide an update regarding the current activities of the Aggie Band. We began the Fall 2013 semester with 451 band members – our largest enrollment to date. As it is our practice to march all incoming fish during our first halftime performance on Kyle Field, the 423-member group that appeared on Kyle Field for the Rice game on August 31st marked the largest band we have ever put on the field. Following the first game, the marching block was adjusted to 363 for the remainder of the season to provide the opportunity to continue more complex drill designs as the season continues while still achieving the highest level of precision and clarity in both our marching and playing.

As I write this message, we have already completed four home performances on Kyle Field, with the Aggie Band membership remaining above 440 members. In connection with the Alabama game, members of the band performed for the ESPN GameDay broadcast and recently marched in the Fiestas Patrias Parade in Bryan. A break in our performance schedule over the next couple of weeks will allow us to prepare music for the remainder of the season, and introduce minstrel turns that will be included in our remaining four Kyle Field performances. For those of you who marched in the Aggie Band under Colonel Joe T. Haney, we will honor Colonel Haney by including two original marches that he composed for the Aggie Band – “Maroon Tattoo” (for the 100th anniversary of the band 1994) & “Noble Men of Kyle” (our signature march) – in the halftime drill for the Auburn game on October 19th. We will close out our regular football season with the full band traveling to Baton Rouge for the LSU game on November 23rd.

I wish to thank everyone involved with the Texas Aggie Band Association for your continued support of the band. In particular, we extend our gratitude for the breakfast that was provided by the TABA following Saturday morning drill of the Rice game. With a Noon kickoff and the many responsibilities of band cadets that morning, it was greatly appreciated.

Dr. Timothy Rhea
Director of Bands

Class of 2017 fish BBQ

From: 2013-09-24

The Texas Aggie Band Association hosted the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band Class of 2017 at the fish BBQ in the Archery Room of the Rec Center on campus on Sunday, September 8, 2013. The largest fish class in the history of the band was treated to some good barbeque.

At the conclusion of the meal, they were presented with the Aggie Band travel shirts they will wear throughout their careers in the Aggie Band as well as a copy of Don & Mary Jo Powell's book, The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, and a copy of their very first halftime drill.

See below for more pictures - click on any image to view a larger version of picture...

 

       

Two Units Added to Fightin' Texas Aggie Band

From: 2013-08-29

 

Activation ceremonies for two former units, C-Company and C-Battery, took place Friday, August 23rd at the plaza in front of the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center. The ceremony included the unit activations and remarks from the Commandant of the Corps, unit commanders and former unit members. Both ceremonies were followed by a reception inside the Sanders Corps Center for current cadets and former students.

For the 2013-2014 year, the Commander of C-Company will be Joshua Hewett ’14, the Executive Officer will be Peter Schneider ’14, and the 1st Sergeant will be Justin Tash ’15. The Commander of C-Battery will be Steven Hankins ’14, the Executive Officer will be Robert Hartmann ’14, and the 1st Sergeant will be Christopher Martin ’15.

“Over the past two years, we have reactivated four units, all of which have done well and are thriving again. With the Corps growing every year (we project almost 2,500 cadets for this fall semester, the largest in over 40 years) one priority is to ensure we have the proper place for all of them. I am very pleased to add these three additional units, C-Company and C-Battery, part of our 460-member Aggie Band, and Squadron 4, to the ranks of the Corps of Cadets as well,” said Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. ’79, commandant of the Corps. “They are a part of our Corps history and will be a new source of pride for our current cadets. The former cadets who were members of these units will be pleased to see their guidons once again flying on campus. By reactivating units with a history and tradition that is already a part of Texas A&M, we bring the past and the present together.”

For additional coverage and information on the reactivation of C-Company and C-Battery, click on the links below:

Article from the B/CS Eagle: http://www.theeagle.com/news/local/article_48d6f90c-1752-5b9f-b616-e257d6957db1.html

Story from KBTX (includes video): http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/Hundreds-Celebrate-AM-Corps-Units-Reactivation-220836021.html

Video report from KAGS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IK62buSvhF8

Pictures from the ceremony (on Facebook): http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151545052635766.1073741854.7348375765&type=1

April 2012 Director's Letter

From: 2012-04-04

The move to an electronic format for release of information by the TABA affords me the opportunity to communicate with you on a regular basis regarding current issues associated with the Aggie Band.  I welcome this opportunity and look forward to providing information to the membership on a routine basis.

NEW AGGIE BAND RECORDING RELEASED

Through funding provided by the TABA, the Aggie Band has continued our practice of releasing a new compact disc recording every fourth year.  The current release, “2011 Texas Aggie Band – Pulse of Aggieland” is now available for purchase.  Recorded in Kyle Field on October 30, 2011, the CD features 23 tracks, including our standard fare in addition to several selections that were recorded for the first time by the Aggie Band.  These newer selections include both standard marches and pieces that I arranged specifically for the band.  The band members put forth a great deal of effort during the recording session for this release (about eight hours in one day), and I am very pleased with the results.  I highly encourage everyone to purchase a copy of the new CD.  Profits from sales assist the TABA with their efforts in supporting the Aggie Band.

Click HERE to purchase a copy of the new CD.

AGGIE BAND TRAVEL FOR THE FALL 2012 SEMESTER

As we begin to chart our course for Aggie Band travel in the SEC, I wanted to share our plans for the 2012 football season.  The Aggie Band will be making four trips in addition to performing at all Kyle Field home games.  The first trip, which takes place during the opening week of the fall semester, will be a Thursday evening game in Shreveport as our season opener against Louisiana Tech on August 30th.  We will take only the upperclassmen to this game, leaving the fish at home to deal with the academic demands of the fall semester opening week.  The full band will bus to Dallas for the SMU game (Sept. 15) and to Oxford for the University of Mississippi game (Oct. 6).  The upperclassmen will fly to Alabama for our game on November 10th.  We are appreciative to the university for realizing the importance of Aggie Band attendance at these games and for their assistance in necessary funding.  We also wish to thank The Association of Former Students for the travel funding that they provide yearly to the Aggie Band.

AGGIE BAND LEADERSHIP SELECTED FOR 2012-13

COMBINED BAND COMMANDER - J.P. Barton

DRUM MAJORS

  • Michael Frobel, Head
  • Heather Ortega, Infantry
  • Andrew Mann, Artillery

OUTFIT COMMANDERS

  • Brian Smith, A Battery
  • Garrett Williams, A Company
  • Michael Froebel, B Battery
  • Eric Espinoza, B Company

SARGEANT MAJOR - Trevin Hazel 

FIRST SARGEANTS

  • Allison Fuss, A Battery
  • Patrick Casey, A Company
  • Michael Jaska, B Battery
  • Joshua Hewett, B Company

BUGLE RANK

  • Albright, Derek
  • Barron, Krystina
  • Barton, J.P.
  • Cline, Bob
  • Espinoza, Eric
  • Harris, Cole
  • Knoll, Mario
  • Lantrip, Logan
  • Lockhart, Ransom
  • Long, Sara
  • Wheeler, Kevin
  • Williams, Garrett

Dr. Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands

April 2012 President's Letter

From: 2012-04-04

Howdy,

And welcome to our first effort to communicate better with you, the TABA’s membership, which is made up of former members, family, and friends of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.  For those of you that don’t know me, I’m the TABA’s newly elected president.  I’m a member of the Class of 1978 and, after more than 26 years in the Army, I now live here in College Station with my wife, Mary.  I want to thank those of you attending the biennial TABA’s Membership meeting in November for having the faith in me to lead this important organization over the next two years.  I hope I can live up to your expectations. 

As I mentioned above, this is our first effort at better communications with the membership.  In the past, we have communicated with you through a yearly paper newsletter.  Well, the new Board determined that was no longer adequate.  We want to deliver more timely updates in order to give you a better idea of what the TABA is doing for the Band and, in general, keep you informed of the Band’s activities as it continues to represent Texas A&M University in ways no other organization can.  So, you’ll see these e-newsletters on a more regular basis in the future.

One of the first tasks the Board has undertaken is to develop a survey that will be sent out to the membership, hopefully by the summer.  The intent of the survey is to receive input on what the membership would like to see from the TABA.  As you know, the TABA’s main purpose is to support the Aggie Band and do everything within our power to see that it remains a vital part of Texas A&M.  We intend to continue that mission, but the Board wants your input as to how you would like to see that done and we want some input on how we can better serve our membership.  We know that many of you would like to see more reunion bands; others would just like a forum to enable get-togethers at a tailgate or other venues, as a sort of mini reunion.  Well, the intent of the survey is to get your input.  So, when you see it show up in your email inbox, please take the time to fill it out and return it to us.

In an effort to provide better support to our membership, let me tell you about a couple of events that we are working on.  You’ll hear more about them in the future, but we wanted to alert you to them now:

Rally to the Guidons – As most of you know, the Corps of Cadets Association inaugurated a yearly event where former members of the Corps of Cadets return to Kyle Field and participate in the March In before one of the football games.  Rather than march in as outfits, the CCA marches in as classes or groups of classes.  It has been a really successful event, sponsored by USAA.  Many of you have participated in this event in the past and enjoyed it.  Recently, the CCA established a new policy where if a particular outfit has more than fifty former members participate, they can march in as an outfit.  The Band missed that mark last year by less than five members.  We didn’t get much advertisement out, but want to do that now.  We want to march in at the head of the rest of the former Corps as the Band always has.  So, the coming year’s Rally to the Guidons is on 20 October when A&M plays LSU.  Our plan right now is to have an event on Friday night or on Saturday after the game where we can all get together and renew old friendships and start some new ones.  We know that tickets are going to be hard to get, but we hope that some of you will come just to participate in the March In and attend the social event.  In the future, our plan is to expand the event to include instruments and truly lead the CCA into Kyle field. 

Events for the Current Band Members – As many of you know, we hold banquets throughout the academic year for each class.  At each event we have a guest speaker who tries to provide some sage wisdom and we provide the cadets with some significant gift.  The most memorable of these each year in my opinion is the fish BBQ we hold in September where we give the fish a picture of the “Block T” from their first drill at Kyle Field and a copy of Dr. Don Powell’s book The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.  I wanted to let you know that all active members and former members of the Aggie Band are invited to those events.  We would love to have you attend.  We normally put an announcement on our website where you can RSVP that you are going to attend and pay for your meal.  In order to let you know when the fall events are so you can put them on your schedules, the fish BBQ is 18 September and the Junior Banquet is 15 January.  As we finalize the other dates, we’ll let you know. 

That is probably enough for this first letter.  As we try to communicate with you more than in the past, I’ll have to write more of these than my predecessors did.  So I don’t want to go overboard on the first one and not have anything to say in the future.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me and the rest of the Board of Directors through the website.  We are here to serve the current members of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band and the members of the TABA.  We solicit your input on how to do that better. 

Don W. Bailey ‘78

Parent's Weekend Recap

From: 2012-04-04

Parent's Weekend was held this past weekend and the TABA was on hand to participate in the annual Awards Ceremony for the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band.  During the ceremony, band freshmen were presented with their Fish Band medals (provided by the TABA) and various other leadership, scholastic and recruiting awards were given.

Members of the Class of '12 were presented with their Aggie Band Senior Keys given by the TABA (pictured above) and TABA President Don Bailey '78 presented the Senior Cadet Leadership with plaques recognizing their daily responsibilities of leading the band both on and off the field.

Several Band outfits also received unit awards at the Parent's Weekend Review.

  • OBSTACLE COURSE COMPETITION:  B Company - Third Place
  • PAINTBALL COMPETITION:  A Battery - First Place
  • CADET CHALLENGE COMPETITION:  B Company - Third Place
  • OUTSTANDING SCHOLASTIC UNIT - BAND:  A Battery
  • OUTSTANDING UNIT - BAND:  B Company
  • JJ SANCHEZ RECRUITING AWARD:  A Battery - First Place; A Company - Second Place
  • MAJ GEN BRUNO A. HOCHMUTH MILITARY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  B Company - First Place; A Battery - Third Place
  • GEN SPENCER J BUCHANAN AWARD:  A Battery - Third Place
  • GEORGE P F JOUINE AWARD:  A Battery - Second Place
  • GENERAL MOORE OUTSTANDING UNIT AWARD:  A Battery - First Place; B Company - Second Place

To see a full listing of the awards and recipients, click HERE.

FTAB to Move Seating Location in Kyle Field

From: 2012-03-28

In an email from Miles Marks of the 12th Man Foundation today, it was announced that the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band will be moved within Kyle Field on game days beginning this fall in order to comply with SEC policies.  The content of Marks' email is included below:

Howdy Ags,

There are many great things happening as Texas A&M is just months away  from officially entering the SEC on July 1.    We announced yesterday that Aggies have responded with the fastest sellout of football season ticket inventory in the history of Texas A&M.  We share your great anticipation for the 118th season of Aggie Football.

The 12th Man Foundation and athletics are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that the transition to the SEC is seamless and memorable for Aggies everywhere.  While reviewing SEC policies, we learned of a long-standing regulation that says students and band, if seated behind the visiting team, must be located outside the 30-yard lines and no closer than 25 rows from the field.  The way we currently configure our band and student seating meant that we did not comply with this policy.  Simply swapping team benches would place our football team in the sun, which was not an acceptable option.   In February, Texas A&M requested a waiver from the SEC that would allow us to continue seating Kyle Field as in past years.

After thoughtful consideration, the SEC has notified Texas A&M that the request for a waiver was denied.  As the SEC has set itself apart from other conferences by treating all members equally on revenue distribution and policy application, we are satisfied with the decision and have moved forward to comply.   The band will be moved to sections 139 and 140 and affected student seating will be relocated to the bleachers in the south endzone.  The area vacated by these two groups has been filled with season ticket holders.  It is important to point out that, as a result of these changes, student seating will actually increase at Kyle Field to an SEC leading 30,284 seats.

Commissioner Slive has reassured us that the SEC treasures Texas A&M’s traditions, and the conference does not want to do anything that would negatively impact our gameday experience.  Kyle Field will remain the Home of the 12th Man and our administration is dedicated to providing an unmatched home field advantage. 

Gig ‘em,

W. Miles Marks

TABA Membership Meeting / Reunion

From: 2011-10-19

TABA Membership Meeting/Reunion

Mark the date. After best intentions and a couple of false starts (with the accompanying 5 yard penalty), the Biennial Reunion of the Texas Aggie Band Association is set for November 19, the weekend of the KU game.  We had originally wanted to hold this event concurrently with the CCA's Rally to the Guidons and form a band, but scheduling with TV time changes and the intense demands on the cadets on football weekend have made a lot of the activities we have done in the past unwieldy.  However, we are already working with the CCA for next year and our hope is to march as a band at the 2012 Rally to the Guidons. 

The reunion activities for this year will consist of a BREAKFAST BUSINESS MEETING on Saturday morning at 0730 and a MIXER for all who come in Friday night from 1900 to 2200.  The venue for both events will be at the new BJ's Restaurant in the Post Oak Mall parking lot on Harvey Road in College Station.  The cost for the breakfast will be $15.00 per person and the TABA will be covering the cost of the mixer on Friday night. A special thanks to Jerry Deitchle '73 and BJ's Restaurants for hosting the event and providing their food and service at a discounted amount for our membership. 

We encourage you to sign up and pay in advance at www.corpsofcadets.org/tabameeting.  These are always fun to renew friendships and share good bull. We will have the necessary business meeting and present the slate of new officers for the next two years. If you would like something added to the festivities or wish to add items to the agenda, please let us know and we will do our best accommodate you.