By Moton H. Crockett, JR. In 1922, Mr. Carl D. Greenleaf, an alum of the University of Chicago and president of C.G. Conn, Ltd., gave 100 instruments plus Big Bertha to the University of Chicago, where his son Leland, played in the band. After obtaining the largest animal hides they could find at the Chicago…Continue Reading Big Bertha — The First Eighty Seven Years
Category: LHAB Archives
LHB Archives – The First Uniforms
The cowboy hat. The bolo tie. The fringe. When the Longhorn Band comes marching in, there is no mistaking it for any other group. Whether you like your fringe long or short, or pine for the Colonel Sanders tie over the modern bolo, most everyone can agree that the Longhorn Band certainly has style. However,…Continue Reading LHB Archives – The First Uniforms
LHAB Archives – The Sudler Trophy
When I took over the office of Archives for the LHAB, part of the position was to decorate the display windows in the hallway of the Music Building. When I unloaded the windows the first time, there was a massive, heavy trophy that I really could not move. While getting help to move it, I…Continue Reading LHAB Archives – The Sudler Trophy
LHAB Archives – Traditions of the Longhorn Band – The President’s Ring
As Longhorn Band and Alumni Band members, we hold many traditions near and dear to our hearts. Here is another of the traditions that bind us together as a Longhorn Band family. The “Passing of the President’s Ring” has been a tradition since the end of WWII when the UT class ring of former Longhorn…Continue Reading LHAB Archives – Traditions of the Longhorn Band – The President’s Ring
LHAB Archives – What Is A Texas Star?
Last month I was speaking to a member of the LHAB who has been involved in the organization as an officer for several years. We were talking about the LHB uniforms and I mentioned that I had just received the donation of the Texas Star uniform of Emma Lea King Mayton, Texas Star 1966-1967, to add…Continue Reading LHAB Archives – What Is A Texas Star?
LHAB Archives – Vest In Space
The recent landing of a spacecraft on Mars brings our attention again to the exploration of space. The famous, or in some circles infamous, polyester vest of the LHAB can claim a link to space exploration. First how did this little vest become a part of the LHAB uniform anyway? In the first years of…Continue Reading LHAB Archives – Vest In Space
LHAB Archives – Texas Taps
Texas Fight is the iconic fight song of the University of Texas at Austin. Most sources note that it was written by Walter Hunnicutt, but that is not the full story of this special piece of UT and Longhorn Band history. In the fall of 1923, Walter “Red” Hunnicutt wrote the first version of Texas Taps….Continue Reading LHAB Archives – Texas Taps
LHAB Archives – The Drum Minor
View a PDF version of this story here. Anyone participating in a marching band is familiar with the role of the Drum Major but have you heard of the “Drum Minor”?? If not then look to the history of the University of Texas Longhorn Band to understand this concept. Burnett (Blondie) Pharr was the director…Continue Reading LHAB Archives – The Drum Minor