The Blast Blog

  • 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. Red was one of the member-elected student directors of the Longhorn Band while Burnett “Blondie” Pharr was Director of the Longhorn Band. Blondie thought the song was a good addition to the LHB repertoire and began working with Red to finalize the piece for the […]
  • Watch Band Day 2020
    Did you miss our annual meeting, or would you like to re-watch the experience? Find a highlight re-play of our ‘Around the Ladder’ member meeting below! Come for the march down introduction and stay for all of the information shared about scholarships and other activity of LHAB. Hook ’em!
  • 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 of the Longhorn Band from 1921 to 1936.  He was a tireless promoter of the band during his tenure as director.  The band performed all over often in conjunction with the Varsity Entertainers.  As part of this cycle of promotion, Blondie had his daughter Gladys […]
  • A special message from Paula Crider
  • Virtual Band Day Schedule
    The BlastVol. 57 Issue 7 Virtual Band Day Schedule Friday, November 20th:7:00pm (CST): Trivia Contest (prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place)8:00pm (CST): Section Happy Hour (which section will have the best turnout?) Saturday, November 21st:10:00am (CST): Around the Ladder (reveal of the new LHAB logo and Favorite Halftime Show)1:00pm (CST): The Huddle (LHAB FAQ’s answered)4:00PM (CST): Area Hangouts (meet your Area Reps and see who “traveled” the farthest to attend Band Day) Registration is now closed. Those that registered will receive Zoom links and more information by email. Silent Auction The Silent Auction opens Nov 12th at 9am (CST) […]
  • Renew your LHAB Membership!
    Band Day is FREE this year! YES FREE! But you must join or renew your membership by November 18 to be eligible to vote for your favorite halftime show and our new logo!
  • Make A Donation – Get A Mask!
    Show off your Alumni Band pride with an awesome new LHAB mask!
  • Band Day 2020
    SAVE THE DATE – NOVEMBER 21, 2020! While this year may be a little different, we will still have a fun event, which will include our yearly business meeting and much more! More details to follow in the coming weeks!
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Hall of Fame event with McComb’s School of Business
    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.
  • Band Day 2019
    Hello LHAB 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!