On November 7, 2019, the Longhorn Alumni Band performed for Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison at the McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
Hall of Fame Dinner. The LHAB
performed before a packed house in the Zlotnik Ballroom as Ambassador Hutchison became indoctrinated into the McCombs School of Business “Hall of Honor”.
Following the event, Kay Bailey Hutchinson visited with members of the LHAB and a photo-op. She was very appreciative of our performance in Normandy and vividly recalled our representation of the University at this worldwide celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Allied Invasion in Normandy in June 1944. Congratulations to Ambassador Hutchinson.
Thank you to all LHAB performers who attended and supported this event. #Hookem
Photos courtesy of McComb’s School of Business (photographer Charles Quinn)
Save the Date for Alumni Band Day
Longhorn Alumni Band Day 2019 will be on October 19th at the Texas vs. Kansas game. Mark your calendars!
Orange-White Spring Game
Join us for the 2019 Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 13th at 6:30 p.m. at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium! All LHAB members are invited to join LHB in the stands.
Bring your instrument and play along, or just come and enjoy an evening with your favorite college band! We will rehearse in the Band Hall and then head to the stadium together for the kickoff. Please print copies of our Traditional Music ahead of time, which can be downloaded after logging into the Members section of the LHAB website. This event will be lots of fun– we hope you can make it! Details on the days schedule to be announced soon from LHB.
DeLoss Dodds Way and Trinity Street will be closed that day, so plan to park in either the San Jacinto Garage (enter from the San Jacinto side) or in the LBJ lot along Red River Street. Discounted parking will not be available.
Normandy Rehearsal Dates
We are 2 months away from our travel date to Normandy! There are 536 confirmed travelers on this incredible adventure. Rehearsal dates are scheduled for April 13th from 2:00-3:30 p.m. and May 4th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Band Hall. We highly encourage all Normandy trip participants to attend.
For more updates on the Normandy trip and for audio files and sheet music, please visit the Normandy section of the LHAB Website. Please print your own music prior to the rehearsals.
We need every Normandy traveler to complete the TRAVEL INFORMATION QUESTIONNAIRE and the Medical Release Form as soon as possible, if you haven’t done so already. Thanks!
Nominating Committee Invites New Officers
If you are interested in serving as an Officer of the Longhorn Alumni Band, please let us know. We have opportunities to serve as both an officer or on one of our committees. If you have questions about job function, time commitment, or just want to chat about the various ways you can get involved, please contact Sara Purdy by email.
Sara Purdy – firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Recruitment and Renewals Committee
LHAB is forming a new committee to assist with membership recruitment and renewals. The committee will work together to sustain and increase the number of dues-paying members by improving the benefits offered and assessing the value of membership. Every year our operating expenses are increasing. We would like to raise more money for these expenses without increasing yearly dues.
As it stands, most (if not all) of our membership dues are collected in conjunction with Band Day every year. This means that anyone who doesn’t come to Band Day in any given year is not paying their yearly membership dues. We would like to brainstorm ideas on how to encourage all of our members to pay their dues each year regardless of their Band Day attendance. This would greatly increase our ability to provide more resources to both LHAB and LHB. Please email email@example.com if you have any suggestions to help in this endeavor.
Instrument/Equipment Storage Space Needed
LHAB is in need of a new storage unit for our inventory of instruments and other equipment, including notable items such as four previous drumheads for Big Bertha. We have a looming deadline to find new storage, as the storage unit that we are currently using is no longer available. If you have extra open storage space in the Austin area that you would be willing to donate or to allow LHAB to rent at a discounted rate for next year (or longer), please email GeofSloan@gmail.com. The unit would not need to be climate controlled, and your generosity would be greatly appreciated!
For over 3 decades, Moton Crockett has allowed LHAB to use his personal storage space, but as Austin continues to grow, this space has become required for business purposes. We are so very grateful to Moton and his donation of space and time for us over these many years. THANK YOU MOTON!!!
LHAB Leadership Records Update
Have you served as a leader of LHAB in the past? We are attempting to compile a master list of the past leadership for LHAB and create a better digital record of this list. If you served as President, BOD Chairperson, BOT Chairperson, BOD Member or BOT Member, please let us know below in this survey. It should only take 2-4 minutes. LHAB Past Leadership
Geof Sloan, LHAB President
2019 Alumni Band Symposium
LHAB will have two officers attending this year’s National Association of Alumni Band (NAoAB) alumni band symposium in Seattle on May 29-31 hosted by The University of Washington Husky Marching Band. This conference will be held in conjunction with the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) spring meeting. As a charter member of NAoAB, we hope to learn more from other alumni bands and will be sharing ideas and lessons learned from LHAB.
Hello LHAB Normandy Travelers:
We’re now inside 9 months to embarking upon our 75th D-Day Anniversary trip to Normandy and a lot has been happening since the last update. Lot’s to cover here, and we’ll send regular updates as we gather more details and travel plans become more finalized.
FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS (Chris Meeker – Historic Programs)
Travelers have two flight booking options. If you have not yet notified Cherish Walker of your preference, please email her ASAP!!
Cherish Walser firstname.lastname@example.org
- Book through Historic Programs
- Book your own flight with a carrier of choice
If booking your own flight, you must schedule accordingly to meet the LHAB group on the morning of June 5th at the Charles DeGaulle (CDG) airport in Paris, France (info TBA later).
UNIFORMS (Greg Wilson – Chair)
Stetson Hat Order: If you have not yet ordered ORDER HERE.
The deadline will be Oct. 1 at 12-noon if ordering thru LHAB at a cost of approximately $100, includes hat, cover and box. If you have to order on your own, expect the cost to be higher.
The uniforms have been ordered.
The cost of your uniform will be handled through Historic Programs, so stay tuned for billing updates. This will make it easy for all of us.
INSTRUMENT SHIPPING (Mike Haecker/ Scott Harmon – Chair)
Mike Haecker and his committee are working hard on determining costs and what company will be used to ship instruments. There will be an added instrument/equipment shipping fee spread out among all players and we are trying to keep as low as possible.
If you carry your instrument on the plane you must bring back with you. Due to the regulations, we cannot ship your instrument back.
If you know of a company that would be interested in sponsoring all or a portion of the shipping costs please send Mike an email: Michael.email@example.com
ROOM ASSIGNMENTS (Jo Lyn Peters – Chair)
Jo Lyn Peters will be coordinating with single room travelers who will need a roommate.
Expect her to contact you within the next month or so.
NEWS AND MEDIA COVERAGE (Bill Phillips/Geof Sloan
REHEARSALS AND MUSIC (Dr Scott Hanna – Director)
Sunday, November 18, 2018, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Dr Hanna will be hosting a playing rehearsal, the day after Band Day in the band hall.
We have the music and it will be posted online for download and available before Band Day. Dr Hanna anticipates using some of the music for Normandy during this next Band Day performance, so get your horn out, practice the scales and have those lips in shape.
BAND DAY FLY OVER (Bill Phillips/Dr Scott Hanna)
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will do a fly-over of several C-47’s including the plane that led the entire Normandy invasion during the November 17 UT pre-game.
We are working with the CAF to have the opportunity to coordinate a fee-based tour of the planes on Sunday, November 18. More details on this once confirmed.
COMMUNICATIONS AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT (Geof Sloan – Chair)
We are coordinating with Dr Thomas Hatfield, Director, Military History Institute and Dean Emeritus of Continuing Education for the Briscoe Center of American History at UT, who will be advising us on the historical significance of the D-Day Invasion. We may be circulating articles written by Dr Hatfield especially for us.
We will be asking for group leaders to help with logistics and communication once we arrive in France. Group leader duties could include being a point person at a hotel, bus captain, equipment coordinator, LHAB ambassador, etc. These responsibilities will be finalized as we finalize trip details and needs. These roles are similar to a section leader.
Numerous participants are registered and we do NOT have their email address on record. Please access this link for MISSING EMAILS and update your information and guest email addresses, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide their full name and email address, and traveling partner of LHAB.