What fans will hear this Saturday is not necessarily your father Big Purple. Their newest show is titled "Bringin' the Funk," featuring music by Parliament Funkadelic; Earth Wind and Fire; and Blood, Sweat and Tears. A subsequent show this season will add a tune from the Tower of Power, according to Dr. Steven Ward ('92), director of bands and orchestra and associate professor of conducting. The Big Purple crowd pleasing halftime shows in recent years have featured music from Queen, Genesis, various chart topping Motown artists, and the Beatles.
Two of those venues Texas Stadium in Irving and the Astrodome in Houston have since fell to a wrecking ball. Another performance in Denver was cancelled in 1982 by the NFL player strike. Air Max Thea Sale Womens
Nine times previously, the Big Purple entertained crowds at halftime of home games for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Houston Oilers (now the Tennessee Titans). The 10th time this Saturday afternoon will represent a new verse of a familiar tune: providing the musical talent accompanying an ACU football game. in Cowboys Stadium, the second of Mens Nike Air Max Tavas
Among the Big Purple many traditions is an open door policy: participation is open to all musically talented ACU students, and each year the band includes a large number of non music majors who enjoy the camaraderie of the group and the opportunity to continue marching past their high school years. The Big Purple Stompin Grounds used to occupy a parking lot Nike Air Max Motion 2015 north of Edwards Hall but since the $17 million Williams Performing Arts Center opened in 2003, the band only has to walk a few steps outside its building to rehearse on the WPAC east lawn, which faces Judge Ely Boulevard. You know it football season when you hear sounds of their practice session echoing across campus during the lunch hour each autumn weekday.
This weekend show is in Cowboys Stadium, the gleaming home of the Dallas Cowboys, site of the most recent Super Bowl and new home of the AT Cotton Bowl Classic.
Tickets to the Lone Star Football Festival are $25 for adults and $10 for students; one ticket is good for all three games Saturday (Midwestern State vs. Texas A at noon, ACU vs. and West Texas A vs.
three games featured in the inaugural Lone Star Football Festival that day.
rehearsal happens on Sunday evening of the week before classes," says Ward. "At the end of this rehearsal we have a devotional that includes a longstanding tradition of reading of I Corinthians 13, with the band singing and humming "Fairest Lord Jesus." Doug "Fessor" Fry ('40) did this reading for many, many years. The last two years, Dr. Paul Piersall, chair of the music department, has done the reading. In 2009, in his last year as president, Dr. Royce Money ('64) was our guest."
Saturday performance will feature a special guest when John L. Whitwell ('65), director of bands emeritus at Michigan State University, conducts the National Anthem. Whitwell was director of bands at ACU from 1981 87. And thanks to some generous band alumni, the Big Purple will be sporting many new instruments, including its drum line, sousaphones, baritones and horns.
Band packing its new instruments and 'Funk'
Abilene Christian University Big Purple Band has plenty of experience marching on NFL branded turf, but it been a while. All that will change this weekend when the popular marching ensemble performs in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
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