By Valerie Mercado
On November 24th, the Beta Gamma chapter embarked on our last home game of the season. Although many of us were in high spirits because it was Game Day, we were also a bit somber to see our seniors take on their final home game in DKR.
With the letters out, sisters took selfies and group photos. We had our final hall sales, raising more money to help send Annabelle, our Wish kid, to Disney World to meet Elsa. Finally, we marched into DKR for the last time this season.
There were lots of emotions soaring amongst the sisters as we saw our seniors go into the “Senior T” and get recognized on the big screen. Such heartfelt smiles and laughter filled the air as we joked about how old the seniors are or how the times have changed since they were freshmen entering DKR for the first time.
As they say, time flies by when you’re having fun. We sisters, are more than grateful for what the seniors have done for our chapter and how they’ve enabled us to be where we are today. Thank you, seniors, for the memories and the smiles.
By Anna Lassmann
The "Blast from the Past," Longhorn Alumni Band, returned home to the University of Texas this past weekend to take part in the annual Longhorn Alumni Band Day.
Festivities for Alumni Band weekend, kicked off on Friday at Scholz Garten, where the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, along with prospective members, helped set-up and check-in alumni participating in the Alumni Band weekend.
On Saturday morning, the TBS executive council served donuts to alumni members and the alumni check-in process continued. Following check-in, over 700 alumni joined together in the Bubble to learn their portion of the halftime show for the UT vs. Kansas game. At the end of their rehearsal, the current members of the Longhorn Band joined their rehearsal to practice the joint performance of Stars and Stripes Forever.
At the game, following the performance of March Grandioso and March of the Longhorns by the Longhorn Alumni Band at halftime, the Longhorn Band performed their halftime show which included the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. After LHB performed, LHB and LHAB joined together, with over 1,100 people on the field, to pay tribute to veterans through the mass performance of Stars and Stripes Forever.
Alumni weekend concluded with a 42-27 Texas Football victory over Kansas and a combined parade block with LHB and LHAB back to the band hall. We look forward to watching Texas take on West Virginia next week from the comfort of our homes.
By Catherine Marfin
These past four weekends, our BGs kept busy traveling with the football team and cheering on the horns as they took on the University of Oklahoma in Dallas, Texas, Oklahoma State University here in Austin, Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. At all the games, our chapter had the opportunity to meet members of the chapters of Tau Beta Sigma at the respective schools.
At the annual Red River Rivalry in Dallas, our chapter joined together with the Delta Chapter of OU to sing the Affirmation Song with the TBS members from OU. The next weekend when our team was back at our home stadium, our chapter's Executive Council met with council members from the Alpha Chapter of OSU and shared gifts and stories of our sorority.
In Waco, our Executive Council met members of the Iota Chapter of Baylor University and shared stories of service and sisterhood from our experiences in TBS. Last weekend in Forth Worth, our entire chapter had the opportunity to meet with TCU’s chapter of TBS, the Beta Delta Chapter. Even though it was a tough loss against TCU and the end of long day of travel, our chapter enjoyed coming together to sing the Loyalty Song as sisters. It’s always fun for our sisters to meet members of other chapters and share stories of sisterhood and service, and share a love for band together!
By Anna Lassmann
Family members joined Longhorn Band members for Family Weekend on Saturday as we cheered the Longhorns on to a 40-34 double overtime victory over Kansas State
The families joined us for our rehearsal before the game in the Bubble, where they got to listen to a music rehearsal and learn to march “LHB style.”
Following the rehearsal, the band took our annual panoramic picture and ate our favorite PoK-e-Jo's barbecue in the band hall.
The Longhorn Band lined up on Trinity to march down for our first pregame performance since Sept. 9.
The halftime show featured the “Best of ACL” which included “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers, “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys and “Dark Necessities” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The sisters of Tau Beta Sigma helped on game day by providing med kits and water during the game.
We look forward to traveling to Dallas next weekend as the Longhorns take on OU in the annual Red River Rivalry.
By Alison Guffey
On September 24th, some sisters of Tau Beta Sigma got together to make holiday cards for the patients of St. David’s Hospital. Some cards were spooky, with ghosts and pumpkins for Halloween. Other cards featured turkeys and falling leaves for Thanksgiving. Ornaments and trees were drawn for Christmas cards. We all brought our own colored pencils and markers to decorate the cards in hopes of in turn bringing joy and the holiday spirit to others.
This event doubled as a recruitment event so while we were doing good for those at St. David’s, we also got to meet prospective sisters of Tau Beta Sigma. Prospective members got to see and contribute to the good and service that we love to do. We are so excited for the new class and all the lovely members of it!
Happy holidays everyone!
By Anna Lassmann
With the fall semester in full swing, we had our first external service event with Mobile Loaves and Fishes this past weekend.
The sisters of Tau Beta Sigma, along with some prospective members, met at the downtown United Methodist Church where they helped prepare sandwiches, fruit, cookies and drinks for the homeless community. The group then loaded the Mobile Loaves and Fishes food truck and went downtown near the Salvation Army to hand out the prepared food.
While people flocked to the food truck to grab a meal, the TBS ladies performed traditional Longhorn Band tunes such as Deep in the Heart of Texas and March Grandioso.
Mobile Loaves and Fishes is the largest program in Austin that provides prepared food to the homeless. Thousands of volunteers are needed to keep the program running every day, all year. We are very happy to be a part of this volunteer program and to serve the Austin community!
By Alison Guffey
On September 15th, a portion of our Longhorn Band traveled to Los Angeles to perform at the USC v. UT game the following day.
We arrived at LAX at 9am with the entire day ahead of us! We sprang onto a bus that was headed for the beautiful Santa Monica pier where we would spend our afternoon. We got to hang out at the beach, ride the rollercoaster and Ferris wheel, cool down with some ice cream and get our fortune from Zoltar. That evening, we performed a few of our traditional tunes at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for fellow Longhorns.
The next morning began by exploring some of LA’s finest brunch restaurants and loading up for game day! We arrived at the USC campus with enough time to explore its beauty, and soon after we suited up and performed at some of the Longhorn tailgates to hype up UT fans.
The game took place in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is where the 1984 Olympics were held. The coliseum was sold out and the energy at the game was almost tangible! After double overtime, we were defeated but not without the USC fans giving us a standing ovation for a great game. We headed back to Austin, and after what felt like a week, we arrived back in Austin only 48 hours after we had left.
By Valerie Mercado
On September 2nd, 2017, the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma had the opportunity to have our first Game Day Service! Only a few days after classes began, those of us in the Beta Gamma chapter were excited to finally give back to the organization we adore so much. Upon the release of the sign up sheets, all spots were filled up within a matter of a few minutes. Many of us were thrilled to work Hall Sales, carry med kits, or give water at the first game.
The UT vs Maryland game was definitely a game to remember. The signature Texas heat was impacting a good amount of the band, but many of the sisters were able to provide plentiful amounts of water throughout the game. As the game progressed, we were also able to distribute sunscreen to those who needed help to combat the fierce sun.
Our next game on September 9th, was much more forgiving. This time, we had more water jugs to distribute water from and the weather was significantly cooler. Similar to the first game, we were able to give water and provide lots of sunscreen to all of the band members. Overall, it was great to be back in school and doing service with all of the sisters of the Beta Gamma chapter!
By Catherine Marfin
After a brief orientation and tour of the facilities, the sisters were ready to get down to business. The jobs were divided amongst the active members of the Beta Gamma Chapter and the membership candidates alike, and while it was a chilly and early morning for volunteering, the sisters were happy to do the work that would improve the lives of the pets in the shelter.
Some sisters worked in the “Cattery,” or the cat adoption center, and cleaned cages, provided fresh food, and washed bedding for the cat’s living areas. At the other end of the shelter, the sisters cleaned dog bedding, toys and made peanut-butter filled treats for the pets to enjoy. Additionally, sisters socialized with dogs and cats alike, stopping by the Leukemia Cattery, where leukemia cats played in a serene shelter as they eagerly awaited adoption. It was hard and often dirty work, but the sisters walked away with full and happy hearts, knowing their work made a huge difference in the lives of animals in need of some tender love and care.
By Emily Saunders
Last Sunday, the sisters of Beta Gamma (and some of our new Membership Candidates) joined the fantastic team of volunteers at Mobile Loaves and Fishes to bring food, necessities, and a bit of Texas spirit to those in need. We spent the morning making sandwiches and packing them in lunch bags with snacks and goodies like cookies and fruit. Several loaves of bread, at least three packages of ham, and a lot of peanut butter and jelly later, the team of volunteers loaded up the Mobile Loaves and Fishes van and headed downtown to hand out lunches to the homeless community. While a few volunteers handed out lunches, some handed out socks and other little necessities, and some manned the lemonade station, the remaining sisters got out our instruments and spread a little Texas cheer the best way we know how- with Texas Traditionals! Almost every instrument was represented by our mini-Longhorn Band, playing Deep in the Heart, Texas our Texas, and even Wabash Cannonball in the spirit of brightening the day of the people we were serving. Hearing Texas Fight ring out into the parking lot brought smiles to many of the faces waiting in line for food, and it warmed our hearts to see people clapping, singing, and dancing along, showing us their best hook ‘ems. The uplifting power of music is an ideal that the Beta Gamma chapter holds near and dear to our hearts, and we love to spread it around every chance we get.
Serving the community is a cornerstone of Tau Beta Sigma, and we are very fortunate to have the opportunity to get out into our city and help people in any way we can. Mobile Loaves and Fishes is an inspiration to us with their tireless work at feeding the bodies and souls of the Austin community. The fact that we get to share our love of music as we do this important work only improves the experience for us!
As they join us in our volunteering endeavors over the semester, our 2017 Membership Candidates get to experience firsthand the joys of working with our community, practicing generosity of heart and hand as we share our love of music and service with our beloved city of Austin. We are so excited to help them continue their journey as the MC season keeps rushing by!
Beta Gamma will be participating in many different kinds of service events as the semester goes on, from helping out at Austin Pets Alive! to working with the Austin Food Bank, and even assisting Eastside Memorial High School with their concert season sectionals. Stay tuned for more updates on our activities as we strive to lift up the community through music and sisterhood!
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