We are looking forward to seeing everyone back on the Forty Acres this weekend for the 56th Annual Longhorn Alumni Band Day Reunion. For those of you who will be attending (over 600+ registered), we are excited to see you again on campus!
As your outgoing LHAB President for 2018-19, I am honored and excited to have served in this position. THANK YOU to all of our LHAB Officers, Board of Directors, field operations, section leaders, volunteers and LHB/KKY/TBS students who are working extremely hard to make a successful Alumni Band Day. Without their dedication and commitment, we couldn’t pull off the weekend’s events and create an enjoyable and memorable experience for our members.
On behalf of LHAB, I want to say thank you to Dr. Scott Hanna, Professor Jerry Junkin, and the entire Longhorn Band faculty and staff, as they are huge supporters and advocates of LHAB. They provide immense support in manpower, supplies and financial support when needed and they are committed to our success and growth. We are one large family and we’re very grateful for everyone connected with LHB.
If you’re unable to make Band Day, we’ll post the Band Day Program on the website for you to read. And please don’t forget to signup again and submit your membership dues to remain in ‘good standing’ with LHAB. Your participation and support help to keep this organization running. You can download Mail-in dues form here: PDF Registration form
The LHAB/LHB Family:
As Dr. Hanna and I like to say “We’re all one big family – the only difference is there are some who are enrolled students, and the rest are graduated”. Therefore, I also highly encourage everyone to spend some time meeting the younger new members and introducing them to other section members. Please greet and introduce yourselves to the Longhorn Band student musicians, too. By these simple acts, we can maintain our continuity and fellowship among banders.
Each band day, we have a huge opportunity in recruiting for LHAB. We have a large block of new LHAB members over the past several years, and as seasoned alumni band day members, I encourage you to enthusiastically welcome these new members on board and get to know them better. Let’s ALL give them an exciting experience and encourage them to return to future LHAB events. These new members are the future leaders and the legacy of LHAB.
Speaking of a very important LHB/LHAB legacy family member, we mourn the passing of Moton Crockett, Jr. Each of us owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Crockett for his stewardship and support of the Longhorn Band throughout his life. A memorial service for Mr. Crockett will take place on Sunday, October 20 at Central Presbyterian Church beginning at 2:00 p.m. I hope many of you are able to attend that event.
We’ll have some special recognitions in our program for him. If you would like to send his family a message, please send to Elane Crockett: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to make an honorary contribution to the endowment he created for Big Bertha – giving.utexas.edu/bigbertha
What happened in 2018-19?
WOW – what an incredible year! Here are some highlights of our accomplishments over the past year:
• LHAB attended the historical 75th Anniversary of D-Day landing in Normandy with 535 travelers, 300 of which were LHAB performers who played 4 musical events in France over 7 days. (A recap is provided in the band day program)
• Global press coverage of 85 media segments from the Normandy trip garnered over 1.5 Million viewers of broadcast video segments; 8.0 Million in global website audience impressions; 40,000+ in radio audience listeners; $550,000 in publicity media value.
• Attended the National Association of Alumni Bands (NAoAB) Symposium hosted by the University of Washington Husky Band with the formal creation of NAoAB chartering and documents.
• Relocated all LHAB owned equipment and instruments from the off-site storage unit to a new site in the LHB band hall basement. This included a major move and cleaning/repair of all the sousaphones, baritones and other items.
• Presented LHB members with a token from LHAB, “Longhorn Band” dri-fit t-shirts to supplement the student official uniform. An annual tradition from LHAB to LHB.
• Created the first LHAB Football Tailgate event near the LHB band hall with 4 vendor sponsorships as a fundraiser for donor dollars for scholarships, fellowship, and festivities prior to home games.
• Creation of several new committees to aid in the operations of the LHAB organization: Events Committee, Section & Decade representatives, Communications Committee, and Historical Archives Project Committee.
• Held the 4th LHAB Scholarship Awards Event where LHAB/BOT distributed a record $250,760 in scholarships to 127 recipients.
LHAB was started in 1964 by young passionate and energetic alumni who had a love for the Longhorn Band and wanted to have annual band reunions with purposeful intentions in sustaining the Longhorn Band through scholarship campaigns. WOW – did we hit the mark this year. THANK YOU to all the donors!
Where do LHAB members live in the U.S.?
This is just a representation of our membership by instrumentation currently in our LHAB database. We have additional members to make contact with to update our records.
Band Day Survey coming soon!
Right after the weekend events, we’ll send out the 2019 Band Day Survey and we would appreciate it if you would complete the survey and provide us with important feedback. We want to hear from you!!!
This organization is made up of all of YOU and each person has a part in LHAB.
Thank you and Hook ‘em Horns!
LHAB President 2018-19
Thank you to everyone who attended this year for the 55th Alumni Band Day and the historic 500th game at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium as our Texas Football Longhorns decidedly BTHOOIS. It was a great ending to the 2018 home football season on the Forty Acres! Let’s cheer on our Horns as they play in the BIG12 Championship game on December 1 against O-Who – #BTHOOOU
On behalf of LHAB, I want to say thank you to Dr Scott Hanna, Professor Jerry Junkin, and the entire Longhorn Band faculty and staff, as they are huge supporters and advocates of LHAB. They provide immense support in manpower, supplies and financial support when needed and they are committed to our success and growth. We are one large family and we’re very grateful for everyone connected with LHB.
As your LHAB President for 2018-19, I am honored and excited to serve in this position. I follow a long line of past presidents who paved the way for LHAB. I am especially proud to follow in the footsteps of Sara Beth Purdy who has become a great friend and did a super job this year with kicking off several initiatives for LHAB: display case restoration, Normandy planning, and the charter membership with the National Association of Alumni Bands (NA0AB), and creating the LHAB/LHB Meet & Greet event. We can’t thank Sara enough for all the many volunteer hours and dedication she put forth in her work for LHAB. THANK YOU and we appreciate you!
Thank you to all of our LHAB Officers, field operations, section leaders, volunteers and KKY/TBS students who worked extremely hard on this year’s Alumni Band Day and helped make the event an incredible success. Without their dedication and commitment, we couldn’t pull off the weekend’s events and create an enjoyable and memorable experience for our members.
What’s ahead for 2018-19?
This year is going to be an exciting year for LHAB. We’ll be working with the National Association of Alumni Bands (NAoAB) as a charter member to help form its mission and how we can help other alumni band across the country. We’ll expand our involvement with LHB and continue the new activities from the past year or two to continue with LHAB gift tokens to LHB; Meet & Greet Night; Orange & White game participation; #40for40 and the scholarship presentation event.
With our recent Band Day behind us, we now focus on operations for the Normandy trip. I am extremely pleased to have Bill Phillips and the entire Normandy Steering Committee serving and working diligently on the hundreds of details needed to execute the plan. With our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in France at the 75th D-Day Anniversary, we’ll be on the world stage representing the United States, allied nations, Texas and UT-Austin, and we’re all anxiously looking forward to honoring our veterans. IF you have any poignant story that you think would be important for us to know, please email me directly any bio, pictures or any story that links you, LHAB/LHB, WWII and your family to this historic timeframe.
I am reminded that LHAB was started in 1964 by young passionate and energetic alumni who had a love for the Longhorn Band and wanted to have annual band reunions with purposeful intentions in sustaining the Longhorn Band through scholarship campaigns. H.B. Dunagan started passing his hat around the room and the first LHAB scholarship was $50. In 2018, LHAB distributed over $80,000 and we’re just on the heels of breaking the $100,000 benchmark in the very near future with your continued important donations. Each dollar counts!!!!!
I will be proposing some new initiatives this year to help us with the strategic planning and growth of our organization. One that is a 3-pronged approach to help us recruit and sustain future LHAB leaders, while also consulting with past leadership for institutional knowledge ensuring we maintain the honored traditions of this organization as we move to the next 5-10-15 years with agility and flexibility to meet the needs of all decades of members.
Additionally, we hope to create a program with the LHAB Charitable Fund Board of Trustees by creating a recurring donation program via automatic credit card donations, as well as an annual giving plan. If you are interested in creating a special named scholarship, please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the right people to help you navigate that process properly and efficiently.
Numbers and stats for LHAB and Alumni Band Day 2018:
Attended 713 Total Band Day Scholarship donations $14,697
Marched 690 Total who marched Bevo Blvd/Stampede 230
Here is an InfoGraphic of our membership breakdown:
This is just a representation of our membership by instrumentation currently in our LHAB database. We have an additional 200+ members that we will make contact with to update our records.
As with any large volunteer organization, we are only as successful as our committed members who are engaged and actively volunteer their time and particular expertise. There are many things members can do to help us take care of the general operations of the organization and skills people bring to us to give of their time, instead of money. Members are strongly encouraged to participate in local playing events in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin.
We are increasingly receiving more and more playing event requests from UT donors willing to make sizable donations to our LHAB Charitable Scholarship Fund. Too often we have to turn down these requests due to insufficient player participation and we leave money on the table from willing and active donors. You’ll hear more about these events as the year goes on.
As we announce LHAB playing events in your city, I have one request from you – ask your fellow bandmates to participate at these playing events and follow the mantra of “Tell a friend, Bring a friend” and come play – a little peer pressure won’t hurt! All these events are fun and it’s always for a good cause and you’ll have a chance to meet and visit more alumni. We are working on adding additional music to the website download tab to help update and improve our repertoire of music we play at these events. Maybe by you playing a few of these events during the year it’ll be a great way to keep up your playing chops for next Band Day, LOL:)
Band Day Survey coming soon!
We’ll be sending out the 2018 Band Day Survey in the next week and we would appreciate it if you would complete the survey and provide us with important feedback. We want to hear from you!!! This organization is made up of all of YOU and each person has a part in LHAB. Bring your ideas to us if you think we need to make some adjustments and I might just ask you to own that idea and bring it to fruition for the betterment of the organization. Feel free to email me directly and I’ll reply to you as soon as I’m able to.
Thank you and Hook ‘em Horns!
Geof Sloan | 512.689.6396