Saturday, October 20, 2012

I'm with the Band: Texas A&M

Band: Fightin' Texas Aggie Band
University: Texas A&M University
Founded: 1894
Current Director: Dr. Timothy B. Rhea
Today's Home Game: LSU, 11 a.m.

Photo via Texas A&M

Texas A&M has been a Senior Military College since its founding in 1871, meaning it provides certified military officer training.  While serving in the Corps of Cadets has been optional since 1960, the organization is still a major force in the culture of the university, not least for the marching band which performs in military dress.  As such, it is the world's largest military marching band.  They're as straight-laced as one would expect a military band to be.  No "Thriller" dance from this outfit.

This halftime show clip takes a little while to get going but what amuses me about it - and every other I found for A&M - is the fact that the crowd says the intro along with the PA announcer.  Apparently regimentation runs very deep indeed.  They do actually start playing at 1:43.  There's no denying it: those formations are tight!

The following clip isn't really about the band but is an absolute gem for demonstrating A&M's proud traditions (not to mention the pejorative view of Asians in America in the 1940s):

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