Annual ‘Band Day’

Registration for Band Day closed on October 9th.

We hope you plan to participate in this year’s Longhorn Alumni Band Reunion on October 14 and 15, 2022! We will be retiring Bertha and unveiling the new Bertha during halftime when the Longhorns play Iowa State on Saturday. We don’t know the kick-off time yet but have provided three likely Saturday schedules in this Blast. Everything provided here is important, so please read on carefully and completely … and check back at Day for future updates.

We are looking forward to a hugely attended in-person Longhorn Alumni Band Day this year! If you haven’t already done so, please start making arrangements and encouraging your friends to attend. You don’t want to miss the fellowship, Bertha’s retirement, the game, or the halftime show that will feature LHB and LHAB. 

We can’t wait to see everyone back on the 40 Acres!  #Hookem #BTHOOIS

Halftime Performance

It’s been three long years since we last took the field so this will be an exciting year! LHB will perform first. Then LHAB will perform. LHB will join LHAB on the field, and we will jointly perform a special arrangement as a farewell salute to Big Bertha and to introduce Bertha II.

Here is a preview of our halftime show we encourage all members to watch before rehearsal.

As before, for those with mobility impairments who prefer not to march but would like to play along at halftime, we will have an area delineated on the field where you may be located and not interfere with LHB or game officials.

A big thanks to Dr. Croomes, Don Haynes, Brian Frock, Jack Green, Damian Gonzalez, Drew Dickey, Geof Sloan, and JP Kirksey for their special contributions. 

Parking Information

Friday Parking: Park either in the San Jacinto Garage or the Manor Garage. There is an event at Bates Recital Hall on Friday. LHAB members who earned parking privileges by renewing their membership at the Grandioso or Big Bertha levels will receive separate instructions.

If parking in the San Jacinto Garage for Friday’s rehearsal and business meeting, please be sure to exit the garage onto San Jacinto street.  When the meeting concludes, UT will have closed Robert Dedman drive, and you will be unable to exit to the Band Hall.

Saturday Parking: LHAB is allotted 350 parking spaces at the Speedway Parking Garage. The cost is $15. Reserve one at

  1. Select DKR – Texas Memorial Stadium for parking 
  2. Select Longhorn Alumni Band
  3. Enter Access Code: WALLTOWALL and click Update
  4. Click Add to Cart and complete the checkout process
  5. Print and give to the parking attendant or bring the QR code on your phone

Shuttle Service

With parking being provided so far away, LHAB is providing a shuttle service between Speedway Garage and the Bubble.  For security reasons, the buses will not be able to access the Band Hall. There will be two (2) buses providing service between Speedway Garage and the Bubble.

The shuttle service will run from 5:00 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. between the Speedway Garage and the Bubble. The shuttle busses will park at the Bubble until they resume service after the game.

The shuttle service will resume at the conclusion of the game until 5:30 p.m. The shuttle will run between the Bubble and the Speedway Garage.  Shuttle bus stop signs will be placed along the roadside indicating where the shuttle bus will stop.

Briscoe Center

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Why not take a stroll down memory lane before LHAB Weekend kicks off? From 3:00pm-5:00pm on Friday, October 14, swing by the Briscoe Center for American History to get a first hand look into the Longhorn Band Archives! Dr. Sarah Sonner, Associate Director for Curation, will be on hand to guide you through the extensive collection including photographs and records from the Longhorn Band archive and Mr. DiNino’s personal papers. Maybe you’ll see a familiar face (or two)!

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The Briscoe Center for American History, located just up the hill from the band hall, is the official archive of the University of Texas at Austin. To find out more about their work, see

Time: 3-5 pm on Friday, October 14th.

Where: 2300 Red River Street (near the LBJ library and across from the ‘Bubble’).

Weekend Schedule

With the 11 am kick-off, we highly encourage everyone to come on Friday to help make Saturday morning go as smoothly as possible.

Friday, October 14, 2022

3:00-5:00 p.m.Visit Briscoe Center for a hands on look into the LHB archive.
5:00-8:30 p.m.Pick up Name Tags, BBQ wristbands, guest tickets, and LHAB membership level benefits at the tables at the entrance to the Band Hall.
5:00-6:50 p.m.Pick up instruments at the tables located in the basement of the Music Building. Instruments will not be able to be picked up after 6:50 p.m.
5:00-6:50 p.m.Late Registration in the Choir Room. Late registration will not be available after 6:50 p.m.
5:00-6:50 p.m.Pick up Big Bertha Centennial purchases at the table in front of the entrance to the Music Building.
5:00-6:50 p.m.Acquire LHAB merchandise at the tables in front of the Band Hall.
6:50-7:00 p.m.Head to the Stadium for Annual Meeting and Rehearsal. Use Gate 28 in the southeast corner of the stadium for entry.
7:00-9:00 p.m.Annual Meeting and Rehearsal in Section 19 of the Stadium.

There will be no late registration on Saturday, 10/15/22.  On Saturday, you will only be able to check-in to collect your registration materials, membership benefits, or Big Bertha Centennial items.

Below is the Saturday schedule.  With the condensed schedule, LHAB will not be participating in Bevo Boulevard or Stadium Stampede.

Each member of LHAB will be required to have a ticket on their person for entry into the stadium for the game.  Please collect your ticket when collecting your vest in the Choir Room.

Saturday, October 15, 2022

5:00 a.m.Shuttle Bus service begins at Speedway Garage.
5:30-6:00 a.m.Pick-up instruments at the tables located in the basement of the Music Building.
5:30-6:30 a.m.Pick-up Name Tags, BBQ wristbands, guest tickets, and LHAB membership level benefits at the tables at the Bubble.
5:30-6:30 a.m.Pick-up Bertha Centennial purchases at the Bubble.
5:30-6:30 a.m.Pick-up Big Flags and Silks at the U-Haul truck at the Bubble.
6:00 a.m.Section Leader meeting south end of the Bubble.
6:45 a.m.LHAB Playing/Marching Rehearsal in Bubble.
7:45 a.m.Combined LHB/LHAB Rehearsal in Bubble.
8:00 a.m.LHAB walk to Band Hall.
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.LHAB Breakfast at Bates Recital Hall sidewalk.
8:15 a.m.-9:15 a.m.Pick-up vests and game tickets in the Choir Room.
9:15 a.m.Percussion on the Green.
9:45  a.m.LHAB Step-off for Stadium.
11:00 a.m.Kickoff – BTHOOIS!
3:00 p.m.Return vests to the appropriate-sized table in the Choir Room.  Be sure to indicate the vest was returned.
Return rented instruments to the Orchestra Room.  Be sure to acquire the receipt confirming the instrument was returned.
Return Silks and Big Flags to the U-Haul truck at the Bertha doors.
5:00 p.m.Shuttle Bus service stops.

Friday Annual Meeting & Rehearsal

The LHAB Annual Meeting and Rehearsal will be in the area where LHB sits during football games near the northeast corner of the stands inside Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Friday, October 14, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Use Gate 25 on the northeast side of the stadium to get there. 

We are expecting an especially big Band Day Reunion this year. If you need to rent an instrument, flag or silk we recommend you do that ASAP so that volunteers can have them ready for you. And please pay attention to instructions (below) about mouthpieces, drum sticks, etc. that you will need to bring. 

Instrument check-out on Friday will be available from 5:00 to 6:50 in the basement of the Music Building. There is no instrument check-in following the Friday night rehearsal – you will be responsible for keeping it safe, bringing it on Saturday, and returning it after the game. 

Pick up Name Tag, BBQ tickets, guest tickets, and LHAB Membership level perks at the registration tables when entering the Music Building.

Saturday Rehearsal

LHAB will rehearse in the Bubble on Saturday. Please take a shuttle or walk from the Band Hall to the Bubble. LHAB will rehearse, we’ll have a combined rehearsal with LHB, then LHB will rehearse. LHAB will not provide water for the rehearsal so bring your own if you want water. Section Leaders will be utilized, so if you’re interested in serving, even if you weren’t a Section Leader in LHB, attend the meeting and help us run a crisp rehearsal.

Children or other family members are not allowed on the field during a rehearsal or performance, and that includes the Bubble. If you bring children to Alumni Band Weekend, please arrange for their care. LHAB cannot be responsible for child care. And only members of LHB or LHAB are allowed on the field during rehearsals and performances.

Saturday Meal

With the kick-off occurring at 11:00 a.m., and to accommodate serving LHAB in the time allotted, the meal menu is being adjusted. We’ll serve breakfast tacos, coffee, water, and orange juice. For those with dietary restrictions, please do not eat the tortilla. The contens of the taco allow for vegan restrictions. For LHAB that renewed their membership at Calypso, Wabash, Grandioso, or Big Bertha levels, your Band Day registration will reflect the number of BBQ meals received.

Limited Mobility Assistance

We have a few alumni who will require assistance from the Speedway Garage to the Music Building and the Bubble. For those desiring, please use the LHAB shuttle buses to move between locations.  There will be signage at the pick-up locations and on the buses so LHAB members can recognize the shuttle service. 

Anyone who requires assistance and will NOT be participating in the March Down may go directly to Gate 16 at the glass doors to the Hall of Honor approximately one (1) hour prior to kick-off. Your LHAB vest is your “ticket” in. You will be met at the Gate by LHAB members Joe and Ruth Dahlstrom and Dick and Judy Robinson to escort you to the elevators and to your seats.

As before, for those with mobility impairments who prefer to not march, but would like to play along at halftime, we will have an area delineated on the field where you may be located and not interfere with LHB or game officials.

Band Day Fees

If you graduated or left LHB in 2020, 2021, or 2022 your LHAB membership dues and Band Day registration are FREE. While LHAB dues and Band Day registration fees are waived for recent graduates, you will still need to register for Band Day and purchase BBQ, guest tickets, or other LHAB Band Day items during your online registration because we need to know how many people and items to plan for. Online registration closes at midnight Central Time on 10/9/22.  For LHAB that renewed their membership at the Grandioso or Big Bertha levels, your Band Day fee is also waived.

If you would like to make a change to your membership level and/or payment, please use the Contact Us form ( on the LHAB website. If you and your spouse are both in LHAB, you will both need to choose your level and renew individually unless one spouse selects the Wabash level or higher. If a spouse renews at the Wabash level or higher, the renewal for the linked spouse will be applied and updated shortly after your membership renewal is complete. Each spouse will need to register independently for Band Day. When either spouse registers for Band Day, they will see info about the other spouse and whether they have renewed and/or registered yet with their purchases.

Below is a list of available LHAB membership levels and their benefits.


All payments for annual membership dues are final. Band Day registration can be canceled up until the deadline for online registration. Cancellations up until the deadline will be refunded their payments excluding dues and credit card processing fees. Cancellations after the deadline for online registration will not be refunded. 

Instrument Cases & Storage

There will be NO storage of any kind on Saturday. Please leave anything you do not plan to bring into the stadium in your car or at home (including horn cases). There is a clear bag policy in effect in the stadium. Please plan accordingly.

Instrument, Big Flag, & Silk Rental

Any LHAB member who needs to rent an Instrument, Percussion, or flag (Big Flag or Silk) can reserve one during registration on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register in advance so we can have them ready for you and identify any situations where we may not have enough. If there are no instruments available when you register, please send us a message via the Contact Us link and we will look for options.  Online registration closes at midnight Central Time on 10/9/22.  

Instrument/Percussion – Rental $15.

  • Check-out will take place in the basement of the Music Building. 
    • Friday from 5:00 until 6:50 for those attending the rehearsal/meeting.
    • Saturday check-out time will depend on the overall schedule.  Please check back on the LHAB website and refer to the final schedule, when posted. 
  • Check-in will take place in the Band Hall after we march back up from the stadium. There will be no early access to the Band Hall during the game. If you plan to leave before the game’s conclusion, please arrange with a friend to return your instrument. 

Big Flags and Silks – Rental $10. 

  • Check-out will be at the Bubble prior to rehearsal.  Please be early to rehearsal to get your flags. 
  • Check-in for both Big Flags and Silks will take place at the U-Haul truck at the Bertha doors after the game.  There will be no early access to the U-Haul truck during the game. If you plan to leave before the game’s conclusion, please arrange with a friend to return your Big Flag, or Silk. 

Instruments, Percussion and Flags available to rent:

  • Sousaphone – Bring your own mouthpiece
  • Marching French Horn – Bring your own mouthpiece
  • Euphonium/Baritone – Bring your own mouthpiece, as below
    • Marching Baritone – Small Shank Mouthpiece
    • Upright Baritone – Small Shank Mouthpiece
    • Marching Euphonium – Large Shank Mouthpiece
  • Percussion – Bring your own Sticks
    • 14” Snare
    • Tenors – Six-drum sets and four-drum sets
    • Bass Drum – different sizes
    • Cymbals
  • Flags
    • Big Flags – we have a mixture of leather and woven-web straps
    • Silks – no straps needed
Marching French Horn
Marching Euphonium
Marching Baritone
Upright Baritone


Tuba/Sousaphone and Horn/Mello players: please bring your mouthpieces! If you are renting a bell front marching baritone, make sure you have a large shank mouthpiece. Please check the horn images available for rent to know the mouthpiece size.


Snare, Tenor, and Bass Drummers: please bring your own sticks! 


As a Renter of any Longhorn Alumni Band or UT Longhorn Band (LHAB/LHB) owned instrument, big flag, and/or silk flag, I accept responsibility and liability for the loss or damage of the rented instrument and/or flag beyond ordinary wear and tear. In the event of loss, theft, or damage beyond repair of the instrument and/or flag while in my possession, I agree to reimburse LHAB/LHB for any repairs or replacement to the instrument and/or flag assigned to me as a Renter. I agree to return the LHAB/LHB instrument and/or flag as required by the due date given at time of check-out by LHAB representative.

LHAB will make the appropriate repairs and adjustments to keep the instrument and/or flag in proper playing condition. This does not include the restoration of finish, willful damage, careless handling, cleanings or replacement of expendable accessories.

Guest Seating & Tickets

Note: Guest tickets are sold out.

LHAB and their guests are sitting in the north end zone upper deck. Athletics has allotted 1100 tickets to LHAB and its guests. Guest tickets are $35 per ticket. Please be aware of the guest ticket policy (see below) and please note: guest tickets are for immediate family members only.

LHAB’s guests will be allowed to follow our formation and enter the stadium behind us. Each family needs to plan accordingly.

If you are hesitant to register for Band Day due to LHAB being seated in the North End Zone, the elevator on the north end zone will be available to access the upper deck.

Family, Child, and Guest Policy

Please understand as you prepare to bring your family and guests to Alumni Band Day that there are some policies that LHAB cannot change due to liability issues and UT Athletics policy. While we strive to maintain a great relationship with athletics and the university, we understand that these policies can be challenging for parents with small children.

  • Children are not allowed on the field, during LHAB rehearsals or a performance.
  • Children or other family members are not allowed in the formation while marching to the stadium.

Thank you so much for understanding and adhering to these policies.

LHAB Uniform

Please remember that the official uniform for LHAB includes the following:

  1. Solid black socks and solid black shoes (tennis shoes are fine as long as they are entirely black, not black with white soles).
  2. Solid black pants (slacks preferred).
  3. White collared shirt (either long-sleeved or short-sleeved, depending on the weather and your comfort).

We will provide all LHAB members with a burnt orange vest from the Choir Room on Band Day. You must be in full uniform to check one out (entirely black shoes/entirely black socks/black pants and white collared shirt).  Please also return the burnt orange vest to the Choir Room after the game. In the event you leave early, please have a friend return your vest.

Below are examples of acceptable and unacceptable pieces of clothing to wear as the LHAB Uniform.

Acceptable Socks       

Unacceptable Socks  

Acceptable Shoes      

Unacceptable Shoes 

Acceptable Shirt         

Unacceptable Shirt    

Cream-colored/off-white shirts are not acceptable

Acceptable Slacks      

Unacceptable Slacks

Cropped pants are not acceptable.



Please print your music in advance and bring your music with you to Band Day. LHAB members can access music downloads via the LHAB Member Login. 

Also be aware that a special arrangement is being provided as a farewell salute to Big Bertha and to introduce Bertha II to be played during halftime. We will alert LHAB when the arrangement is available. Be sure to download the arrangement from the LHAB website and practice your part before arriving for Band Day. We will not be providing paper copies on Band Day. 

Please be prepared to play:

  • Calypso
  • Deep in the Heart of Texas
  • The Eyes of Texas
  • March Grandioso
  • March of the Longhorns
  • Rawhide
  • Texas Fight
  • UT Detroit
  • Victory
  • Wabash Cannonball
  • We Are the Champions
  • William Tell
  • Yellow Rose of Texas

Food & Drinks

LHAB will not be providing drinks or food during the Saturday rehearsal. If a drink is desired, please bring your own. LHAB will be providing one drink and a fruit item after halftime. If additional drinks or food is desired, bring your credit card as the stadium is cashless!

Alcohol Policy

Be mindful of the fact that you’ll be wearing the LHAB uniform and if you drink, be responsible and respectful. It is appreciated if consumption could wait until after the LHAB halftime performance.

Music Building & Restrooms

The Music Building restrooms and classrooms are available for 2022. If you need a restroom on Saturday, you may use the Music Building, the Law School, or an available Porta-Potty.

Clear Bag Policy

Please remember that the stadium has a “Clear Bag Policy” that regulates the size and type of bag that may be carried in. 

Bags that are permitted include:

  • Bags that are clear plastic and do not exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12″
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags
  • Small clutch bags or purses do not have to be clear but cannot exceed 4.5″ x 6.5″

Bags not permitted include:

  • Backpacks, printed pattern plastic bags, fanny packs, purses, reusable grocery totes, mesh or straw bags, duffle bags, large totes, camera or binocular cases.
  • Diaper bags are not allowed. Items typically carried in a diaper bag must be put into a clear plastic bag for venue entry. 

Additionally, everyday items not permitted are video cameras, professional detachable lens cameras, electronic equipment cases, strollers, tripods, umbrellas, or artificial noisemakers.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to assist on Friday and Saturday. Please note your availability to help with Band Day when you register. We will contact you the week of Band Day with instructions. 

We are ALL volunteers working to bring you an excellent Band Day experience. Your help is appreciated!!!