Texas Tech University - La Ventana Yearbook (Lubbock, TX)

 - Class of 1968

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» f} •J homa. These twirlers put a dash of spice into the halftime entertainment. They may not " Climb Every Mountain " but the Tech concert and stage bands did a great amount of travelling this year. There are four 100 member concert bands.. The main Concert Band is under the personal direction of Dean Killion. They made a W e s t Texas Tour in April giving concerts in high schools in Seminole, Hobbs, Amarillo, and many Pan- handle cities. The other three varsity doncert bands were directed by Anthony Brit- tin and Richard ToUey, both Assistant Professors of Music. The four concert bands played in three annual Lubbock performances. The first was the An- nual Festival of Contempory Music which featured guest lecturers and a music symposium. They also partici- pated in the Spring Concert in April and the May Pops Concert. The stage bands were travellers too! The two stage bands were di- rected by Joel Leach and John Farrell, music instructors. In January the groups made a West and Central Tex- as Tour playing at numerous plains high schools. In April the musicians attended a Regional Stage Band Con- test and Seminar at Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with the Intercol- legiate Jazz Festival. Bands from all over the West participated in the fes- tival. The stage bands perfomed at Tech Dad ' s Day and regularly at Lion ' s Club meetings throughout the year. " So Long, Farewell . . . Auf Wie- dersehen " was the theme song of the marching band as they left for their two annual out of town trips. This year buses transported the large group of musicians to the University of Arkansas game at Little Rock and SMU at Dallas to perform at the half- time shows. Behind the scenes of the glitter of the tubas and the color of the bright red and black uniforms are the un- sung heroes of the bands. Specializing in the training of the woodwind section are Darrell McCarty and Orlan Thomas. Talent for the brass instrumentalists was developed by Richard Tolley, An- thony Brittin, and Robert Deahl. Charles Meeks teaches the double reed students. The female member of the staff is Dr. Margaret Redcay who in- structs members to play the flute. Joel Leach trains the percussionists. The staff sums up their policy: " Work ' em hard! " The results of this policy are evident in the perfection of any band performance. Dean Killion started with a single band of 90 determined musicians in 1959. His leadership and their de- termination have created a seven band network. These bands are truly " A Few of Our Favorite Things " because they bring the " Sound of Music " to the otherwise silent West Texas plains. Diana Walker and Diane King perform a high- stepping routine tor thrilled spectators.

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TECH BAND The Pride of Halftime " The hills are alive with the sound of music! " West Texas has no hills, but the plains and valleys are alive with the music of the Texas Tech Bands. Tech comes alive with the lively talent of these bands. Yes, bands! Tech has a 400 mem- ber marching band, four concert bands, and two stage bands. All the bands are under the baton of Dean Killion, Professor of M u s i c and Director of Band at Tech. He did his undergraduate work at the Univer- sity of Nebraska and his graduate study at the University of Iowa. He taught band at several Nebraska pub- lic schools and later at the University. Before coming to Tech in 1959, Kil- lion was Director of Band at Fresno State University in California. He has been guest director and clinician in summer band camps all over the United Stales and has been a band judge in many international contests, bean Killion has developed these sev- en bands into effective working units 14 Tyme to give Tech the best sound of music for ' 68. At the football games, the Pride of Halftime is none other than the " Coin ' Band from Raiderland. " The marching part of Tech ' s band system has marched in both the Gator Bowl and the Sun Bowl. This group has re- ceived national and regional acclaim for television appearances. They de- serve this recognition and more for the fine sound and name they have given to Tech. On the football field this year, Tech fans watched the band perform under the direction of two students. They were drum majors Jim Harvey, graduate student from Amarillo, and Jack Woody, senior from Lubbock. The drum majors were each responsi- ble for conducting one section of the band on the field. These boys also as- sisted in the actual teaching and dril- ling for the routines performed at the games. Annual spring try-outs keep drum majors on their toes! This year " the Sounds of Music " have ranged from the fabulous thirties with jazzy tunes of Al Jolson and Cole Porter to fast-paced travel music. Spectators thrilled to the tempo of the precisioned marching drills. One spe- cial drill consisted of marching and flag routine especially for the Baylor game. Dean Killion selects and plans each routine for the musical shows. Their daily practice pays off at every sparkling halftime presentation. " We Must ' ve Done Something Good " to rate the spectacular Tech twirlers. Feature twirling routines were performed by Marsha Dement, sopho- more from Lubbock, and Terry Ste- p h e n s, junior from Stephensville. Their feats included tricky baton ex- changes, high tosses, and fire baton twirling. High-stepping majorettes complete the half-time picture. The head majorette is Chris Adrean, Lub- bock senior and also this year ' s Tech Homecoming Queen. The other high- steppers included : Brenda C u r b o, Lubbock sophomore; Patsy Kempson, Dumas freshman; Diane King, Brady senior; Donna Snyder, Dallas junior; Diana Walker, Littlefield sophomore; Shiela Watkins, Waxahachie sopho- more; and Barbara Zimmerman, sophomore from Ardmore, Okla- ' l- ( ' Kfltl

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the the Tech two a fall and spring are held each fifty-member top TECH CHOIR Versatile Voices The singing voices of the Tech Choir promoted harmony on the bus- tling Tech campus. Directing the singers were Gene Kenney, Associate Professor of Music, and his assistant Charles H e 1 m e r, graduate student. Richard Knox, Lubbock junior, served £is choir president. Training ground for Choir is membership in groups of Tech Singers. The groups each boast about 70 members who performed at both concert. Auditions Spring for the choir. The choir season began before classes started with their performance at Freshman Orientation i n Septem- ber. Throughout the year, the group was asked to sing at various Tech func- tions such as the Century Club Ban- quet for Alumni held in November. Spring was highlighted by their performance at the annual All College Recognition Ceremony. April was tour month as the Tech choir travelled around West Texas singing at public concerts and at various high schools. The Tech Choir finished its success- ful season by honoring the seniors in song at the June graduation ceremony. Within the Tech Choir, the " cream of the crop " is a group called the Madrigal Singers. About ten singers are chosen each year for mem- bership in the group. The Madrigal Singers sang at fac- ulty club meetings during the year. During Christmas, they caroled at Hemphill-Wells dressed in colorful Elizabethan costumes. In March, they sang at the Foreign Language Banquet and then toured the Dallas area, giv- ing numerous concerts. i Gene Kenney directs choir during rehearsal for the All College Recognition progra.n Choir mennbers concentrate on harmony and tone. 11 Posture and breath control are important. After hearing the pitch, some numbers are performed a capella. 16 Tyme

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