By Valerie Mercado
On September 15th, Texas faced USC in a riveting rivalry that would settle past games before, such as the National Championship game in 2006 and the Double OT game at USC in 2017.
Sisters of the Beta Gamma Chapter of Tau Beta Sigma prepared by taping down the indoor stadium field before the Longhorn Band rehearsal. Later, sisters sold merchandise for Hall Sales to families, friends and alumni that came to watch the game.
Although the weather was murky and gray, the skies eventually cleared up as LHB prepared to march down to DKR. With over 103,507 fans waiting in the stadium, everyone was hyped for what was to come!
Beta Gamma came prepared with water and medkits to combat the fierce humidity and our own active, Rachel Bruenig, lead in the new “Waste Free LHB” campaign with the new powdered Gatorade.
At half time, we honored Longhorn Champions by playing music arranged by our very own members of LHB and brothers of the Alpha Tau Chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, Levi Downing and Cameron Weber.
With the fourth quarter being led by our very own, Jessica Martinez, the rivalry then ended with Texas’s 900th win 37-14! We look forward to watching Texas take on TCU next week and what’s to come!
By Mary Bolf
On Saturday, the Longhorn Band had their first home game of the season, and Texas BTHO Tulsa! This game was a particularly special one because our very own TBS active, Jessica Martinez, experienced her first home game as LHB drum major. Her uniform was designed by a TBS alum, Evelyn Brady, and all three of the former LHB female drum majors attended the game to cheer her on.
We performed the new pregame show for the first time yesterday, which featured a new song called “Texas Thunder,” but kept traditionals alive such as “Deep in the Heart of Texas” and “March Grandioso.”
Our halftime show, “Viva!” paid tribute to latinx musicians. The show included “Como La Flor,” by Selena Quintanilla, “Smooth,” by Carlos Santana, and “Hips don’t lie/Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira.
The sisters of TBS made sure everybody in LHB stayed hydrated and healthy by providing water, Gatorade and medkits for the game.
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!
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