Label: Fidelity Sound Recordings - LP-1234 • Format: Vinyl LP, Stereo • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Big Band
The SMU Mustang Band introduced jazz into its performances in the Manic Depression - Dead Flowers - Smell The Fragrance s and continues this tradition. The band also incorporates other popular music styles, all arranged with the hallmark swing style of the Mustang Band. It played the Vaudeville circuit and had its own weekly radio program in DallasTexas. When Dr. Dreibrodt's year tenure as director led to the creation of many of the band's traditions and songs that The Southern Methodist University Band - SMU Mustang Jazz today.
Don has always been a head band director, teaching at various Texas high schools before returning to SMU in as the band's 14th director. Rae Jones is the Band's part-time Administrative Assistant. She handles most of the paperwork required to maintain proper records and supervises the work-study staff. The SMU Mustang Band earned its reputation as "The Best-Dressed Band in the Land" because of its multiple uniforms with a style that mimics a swing band more than a typical marching band.
It has 32 different uniforms made up of varying combinations of pants, shirts, coats, and ties. Band members wear one uniform for the pregame performance and change to another just before halftime at all SMU football games where the band plays.
The uniform style reinforces the music style of a jazz band. In the Cotton Bowl Classic between the University of Texas and the University of TennesseeIrving Dreibrodt was directing the high school band portion of the halftime show.
After seeing the Tennessee band change into tuxedos for halftime to perform the Tennessee WaltzDr. Dreibrodt decided that if he ever had a college band, he wanted to make it the best-dressed band in the land by using different uniforms. So we went after pleasing the eye first. Dreibrodt arrived in With only 40 band members his first year, the band could not spell out "SMU" so he created a single-line "M" formation with the sides bent out in a double diamond shape to add some style.
The letter is sometimes flipped by inverting the two short lines in the center. The tradition of playing a concert from the stands at the end of a football game dates back to at least when the band went to Ohio State and played a forty-five-minute jazz concert after the game. At one time, all entering first-year students at SMU wore green beanies. The university abandoned the beanie tradition sometime in the late s, leaving football players and band members as the only people wearing them on campus.
Today "the privilege of the beanie" is afforded only to members of the Mustang Band. As a The Southern Methodist University Band - SMU Mustang Jazz of their commitment to school spirit, the band members wear their beanies during rehearsals, the fourth quarter of SMU football games, and the last five minutes of every SMU basketball game. In its early years, the all-male band would drift off to visit with the co-eds during the game.
Cy Barcus, Mustang Band director from —32, came up with the idea of having the remaining trumpets make a buzzing sound to alert the wayward band members to get back to their seats. Pigskin Revue is a musical performance which features the SMU Mustang Band playing several songs along with singing, dancing, comedy, and other talented acts from SMU faculty, staff, and students.
Started inthe Pigskin Revue was created as an old Vaudeville show where people showcased their talents. The revue is prepared and performed throughout the week of Homecoming. The acts feature fraternitiessororitiesstudents, and alumni. At the end of every halftime performance the band forms its unique Diamond M formation to the tune of Pony Battle Crya school fight song introduced in Band members come from the business, engineering, fine arts, and liberal arts colleges within SMUas well as several colleges in Get Ur Ass Up - Ivey Boyz - Head Bussin Dallas area that do not have a marching band.
Typically, band members have played an instrument in high school or were in band in high school, but not always. Anyone is welcome to audition for the band. Scholarships are awarded based on ability. Historically, the only women in the band were featured twirlers. By someone complained that women in the band were wearing trousers due to the uniform, and because SMU had a dress code prohibiting women from wearing slacks or trousers, the University decided to return the band to an all-male organization.
Under pressure to provide equal opportunities for women, the Mustang Band readmitted women to the band permanently in The Club provides financial support for Mustang Band uniforms, instrumentation, game day meals, performances, and travel costs as needed. The primary purpose of the Club, however, is to raise money for student scholarships. Funds are Solar Flight (Opus 1) - Mandré - Solar Flight (Opus 1) to a The Southern Methodist University Band - SMU Mustang Jazz endowment account at the end of each fiscal year.
The Club is financed exclusively by member dues and donations. The organization began in as the Mustang Band Alumni Association, but reorganized itself in under the The Southern Methodist University Band - SMU Mustang Jazz Diamond M Club name.
The Club is operated through the SMU Office of Development and managed by a board of directors elected by the membership. Board members serve two-year terms. Before SMU home football games, the band plays regular Mustang Band tunes up and down the Boulevard that runs through the center of campus where crowds gather for pre-game tailgate parties.
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