Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Nominees 2017-18

(1 Year Term)

President: Sara Beth Purdy
President-Elect Geof Sloan
Past-President Joe Dahlstrom
Vice President Jo Lyn Peters
Vice President/Treasurer: Cynthia Wren
Vice President/Secretary: Matt Brandt
Vice President/Communication: OPEN
Vice President /Music Librarian: Tess McKenna
Vice President/Technology: Ben Lee Schneider
Vice President/Registrar/TBS Liaison: Lisa Vasquez
Vice President/KKY Liaison: Edward Martinez
Vice President/Alumni/LHB Liaison Kyle Walker
Vice President/Property Manager/Equipment: Jaime Luna
Vice President/Archives Barbara Helbert
Austin Area Rep: George Moxley
Dallas Area Rep: Michael Haecker
Houston Area Rep: Tom Staton
San Antonio Area Rep: Alison Kubis



Nefertiti Williams 3 year term expires 2020
Tadd Lanham 3 year term expires 2020

Continuing on the Board of Directors
Scott Harmon, Chair 3 year term expires 2018
Nicholas Schroeder 3 year term expires 2018
Dr. Coral Noonan-Terry 3 year term expires 2019
Emily Ellenberg 3 year term expires 2019


Bryan Penn 2 year term, expires 2019
Kent Kostka 3 year term, expires 2020
Continuing on the Board of Trustees
Cathy Sorsby 3 year term, expires 2018
Jo Lyn Peters 2 year term, expires 2018
Bill Phillips 3 year term, expires 2019

2018 Nominating Committee
LHAB Officers & Board of Directors 
(1 year term)

Joe Dahlstrom, Past-President & Chair George Greene
Heather Knolle Christi Cuellar-Lotz
Eddie Lopez.

Respectfully submitted by LHAB Nominating Committee:
Jo Lyn Peters, Chair, Eddie Lopez, George Greene, Tess McKenna, Tadd Landham

Friday - LHAB Business Meeting Agenda


54th Annual Business Meeting – November 10, 2017

Texas Fight
Scott Harmon
Call to Order
Joe Dahlstrom
Introduction of Guests, Remarks, and         
Joe Dahlstrom
March of the Longhorns *
Moton Crockett
Welcome; Wabash Cannonball
Jerry Junkin, Director of Bands
Longhorn Band Report, Stars and Stripes Forever
Scott Hanna, Director of LHB
Pep Band Report; Kansas Alma Mater
Joshua Gall, Assistant Director, LHB
Remarks about Rehearsal & Halftime Show
Scott Hanna; Scott Harmon
March Grandioso
Ryan Kelly, Associate Director, LHB
Presentation/Approval – 2016 Minutes
Matthew Brandt
Presentation/Approval – Treasurer’s Report
Cynthia Wren
D-Day Trip Update
Bill Phillips, chair of Steering Committee
LHAB Charitable Fund Report
Kent Kostka, chair of BOT
Overview of 2017 Scholarships & Recipients
Kent Kostka; Jo Lyn Peters
Honorary LHAB Membership
Kent Kostka; Scott Harmon; Joe Dahlstrom
Passing of the Dunagan Hat
Donna Beth McCormick
Scholarship Fund Raffle
J. P. Kirksey
Board of Directors Report
Scott Harmon, chair of BOD
Consideration of LHAB Bylaws Amendment,
      Introduction of Code of Conduct
Joe Dahlstrom; Scott Harmon
Election of 2017-2018 Officers & Directors
Joe Dahlstrom; Scott Harmon;
Jo Lyn Peters
Installation of 2017-2018 Officers & Directors
Moton Crockett
Passing of the President’s Gavel
Joe Dahlstrom
The Eyes of Texas
Moton Crockett
Sara Beth Purdy

Monday, November 6, 2017


Band Day Parking:

UT Parking Sytems has informed us the price for parking in the Speedway garage will be $20. Here are updated parking instructions: Parking Passes MUST be purchased the day before you use the pass.)

UT Parking Website: https://utparking.clickandpark.com/
Select the radio button by DKR- Texas Memorial Stadium and then hit "Next".
Hit "Find Parking" by the Texas vs. Kansas game.
Select the radio button by the Speedway Garage and click on "Add to Cart".
(No discounts this year. The parking fee will be $20.)

PRINT your parking permit (LHAB will NOT provide any parking permits).

(Note: If Speedway Garage sells out, you may wish to choose the 27th Street Garage, which is one block from the Speedway Garage and the LHAB shuttle stop.)

Friday, November 3, 2017

4PM Ticket order Deadline - TODAY 11/3/17

Guest ticket deadline is 4PM TODAY, November 3rd. If you have not yet registered and need guest tickets ($75/each), please do so before 4PM CDT. TODAY!!!!!!

If you need to add guest tickets, please send us an email through the LHAB Web site and we will add them to your registration: http://www.lhab.org/contact-us

We are still working to resolve the payment processing issue. We expect this to be resolved shortly and will update once it is complete. However, if you need guest tickets, go ahead and attempt registration and we will follow up to resolve payment once the payment issue is resolved.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Update - Band Day 2017 (10/23)


Friday: Registration Pickup and Late Registration will be available at Scholz Saengerrunde Hall from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Any Spirit Items previously ordered from the online store should be picked up at this time.

SaturdayRegistration Pickup and Late Registration will be available in the Longhorn Band Hall Hallway from 8:00 am until 9:00 am.

What if I can't pick up my stuff at registration times? Please find a friend or send someone on your behalf to get your stuff on time. Officers are very busy during the weekend and will not be available outside of the scheduled pickup times. Nametags are required for vest checkout.

Online Registration is open now.  Click HERE for online registration

The deadline for mail-in registration is postmarked by Friday, November 3

The deadline for online registration is Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00 pm, CDT. 


Guest Game Ticket orders must be received with registration no later than Tuesday, October 31 at 5:00 pm, CDT.

1. On Saturday morning, two shuttles will make multiple trips to pick up LHAB members from the entrance of the Speedway Garage on Speedway and drop them off at the Band Hall Stop at the southwest corner of Dean Keeton St. and Robert Dedman Dr.

2. Prior to LHAB practice, two shuttles will make multiple trips to pick up LHAB members from the Band Hall Stop at the southwest corner of Dean Keeton St. and Robert Dedman Dr. and drop them off at the Bubble.

3.  Following LHAB practice, two shuttles will make 3 loops only from the entrance of the Speedway Garage on Speedway, the Bubble and the Band Hall Stop at the southwest corner of Dean Keeton St. and Robert Dedman Dr. to drop members at their car and/or the Band Hall. Please allow seasoned veterans, the disabled, and parents with young children to board first.

4. After the game, two shuttles will make multiple loops for 90 minutes only to pick up LHAB members from the Band Hall Stop at the southwest corner of Dean Keeton St. and Robert Dedman Dr. and drop them off at the entrance of the Speedway Garage on Speedway.

TIME                                    SHUTTLE ROUTE
7:00 am - 9:00 am              Speedway Garage to Band Hall Stop
9:00 am - 9:30 am              Band Hall Stop to Bubble
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm            Speedway Garage to Bubble to Band Hall
AFTER the Game               Band Hall Stop to Speedway Garage
Registration is still open! 

Click HERE for online registration or download PDF Registration form to mail in your registration.  We have 200 registered for Band Day so far.  Register now.
View the LHAB welcome video here from LHB Director Dr. Scott Hanna.

Download a PDF copy of Nov 10-11 Band Day Schedule here:  

Thanks, and Hook ‘Em!
Heather Knolle
LHAB Registrar / TBS Liaison

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Band Day 2017 Policy Reminders

Band Day Guest and Children Policy

In compliance with UT Athletics and Facilities, it is of extreme importance that all Band Day participants adhere to the following Guest Policies:
  • All non-LHAB family members must have a ticket in order to attend the game.  (Children under the age of 2 are exempt)
  • Non-LHAB guest/family members will NOT be able to march into the stadium with the band.  They must enter through the ticket gate with a valid ticket.
  • LHAB will NOT be responsible for escorting any guests/children into the stadium during the march down.
  • All children of LHAB members must be accompanied by a non-marching adult/guardian while in the stadium and during the indoor practices at The Bubble.
  • At the Indoor Practice Facility (The Bubble) it's imperative that we respect UT Athletics facility and their equipment. While we welcome the vibrant energy and enthusiasm of children, they are to be closely monitored by an adult not participating in rehearsal. Please find a friend or babysitter for this task. We appreciate your help with this matter as guests of the Athletic Department.
  • Lastly, for the safety of your child and others, children and non-LHAB members are NOT allowed to march in the ranks during practices OR halftime performance. We will have a LHAB officer and other adults assigned to walk this group of kids on the sidewalks near the band. Each child must have their ticket in hand as they will use a different entrance from LHAB. Your children will be escorted to our section of the stadium.
  • UT Athletics requests that we monitor guests in order to ensure that equipment and facilities are maintained.

LHAB Bylaws and Policies Updates

The Board of Directors, in response to comments from members since last year’s adoption of the new bylaws, made some minor changes and updates to the Bylaws and the Policies document.  The changes will be up for a vote at the annual business meeting on November 10, 2017.

New changes are highlighted in the documents you will find on the website: http://www.lhab.org/bylaws

Please review these and be ready to cast your vote of approval at the meeting.

Alumni Band Day Uniform

  • White collared shirt (long or short sleeved)
  • Solid black pants
  • Solid black socks & black shoes 
  • Orange vest (provided at uniform checkout and must
    be returned, or a charge may be assessed to you for not
    returning the vest)
  • Please come in the proper uniform. 

    LHB has uniform standards, so does LHAB.
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Thank you for your compliance and Hook 'em!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

2017 Band Day Schedule


November 10-11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017           Scholz’s Saengerrunde Halle
                                                        1607 San Jacinto Blvd
                                                         Austin, TX

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm                           Pre-registration Check-in, Late Registration, and
                                                         Spirit items sales/pickup
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm                           Business meeting and rehearsal
8:30 pm – Midnight                          Purchase food from Scholz’s restaurant and return
                                                         to the Saengerrunde Halle for social time

Saturday, November 11, 2017      UT CAMPUS

7:00 am                                          LHAB Shuttle begins @ Speedway Parking Garage
8:00 am – 9:00 am                         LHAB Pick up Name tags, BBQ wristbands,
                                                       Spirit Items, Instruments, and Music (Band Hall)
8:30 am – 9:00 am                         LHAB Section Leader Meeting (Byrd Room)
9:00 am – 9:30 am                         LHAB Shuttle/Walk to Denius Practice Facility (Bubble)
9:00 am – 9:30 am                         Set Up/load in (Bubble) - KKY Active Members ONLY
                                                       all others remain outside Denius facility until 9:15 am)
9:15 am - 9:25 am                          LHAB begin entering Bubble
9:30 am - 11:30 pm                        LHAB Playing and Marching Rehearsal (Bubble)
11:30 pm - 12:00 pm                      Combined Rehearsal with LHB (Bubble)
12:15 pm - 2:45 pm                        LHB Rehearsal (Bubble)
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm                       LHAB BBQ Meal (Breezeway between BSOM and TPA)
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm                         LHAB Pick up Vests – Choir Room 2.106
                                                       must be in uniform  - Black pants, Black shoes/socks,                                                             White collared shirt
3:30 pm                                          LHAB Line up to march to stadium
3:50 pm                                          LHAB step off for stadium
4:10 pm                                          LHB step off for pre-game concert
5:00 pm                                          Kickoff – BTHOOKU!!!!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Band Day 2017 Registration Announcement

From the President

Fellow LHAB Members –

It’s that time of year – Longhorn Football Season is upon us!!  We are already preparing for Band Day weekend on November 10-11, 2017.  If you have not already put this date on your calendar, please do so. We need you to be there this year!  We will be playing Kansas on November 11, 2017, with a 5:00 PM kickoff.

Registration is now available!
Click HERE for online registration or download PDF Registration form to mail in your registration.

PLEASE READ this entire edition of The Blast as it contains information you need to know about our fun-filled weekend with your Alumni Band friends. The Band Day Schedule will be similar to last year’s schedule, with Saturday times to be adjusted for the game time being one hour earlier. When the times are finalized, the schedule will be sent by email and posted on the LHAB website.  For the latest Band Day updates please check the website regularly.

Follow us on Twitter, friend us on Facebook, and generally keep up with LHAB through our social media groups and website.  For more information, check out www.lhab.org/groups.

Here are a few other things need to know for Alumni Band Day weekend:

  • Registration and Check-In will be at Scholz’s Saengerrunde Halle 11/10/17 beginning at 5:30 PM until 9:00 PM.
  • We will have our business meeting and rehearsal at Scholz’s Saengerrunde Halle. Please download music before arriving at rehearsal.
  • If you are interested in the show theme for this year, keep reading!
  • See registration for info on guest game tickets. You can buy guest tickets through registration. The guest seats will be in the section next to LHAB.
  • LHAB now has a “Code of Conduct” thanks to the efforts of the LHAB Code of Ethics Committee.  It will be available on the LHAB website
  • The Board of Directors will have a Bylaws amendment to propose at our business meeting – the addition of a “Scholarship Committee.”  The proposed amendment will be available on the LHAB website.
  • IF you are a Veteran of the military, we want to know.  Please email geofsloan@gmail.com with branch, dates, rank, and years in LHB or include with your online Band Day registration or manual hard copy registration form.
  • Any Spirit items ordered from the LHAB Online Store between now and 11/09 will be delivered to you during Check-in on 11/10 at Sholtz.  We've reduced rates on all items from $5.00 - $25.00.  LHAB Store

This year we are setting a goal of 1,111 band members on the field on 11-11-17 for our Veteran's Day Halftime performance.  Dr. Scott Hanna has a special Veteran's Day program, so please start contacting your friends from your section and making arrangements for everyone to attend.  If all attendees will use the motto of "Bring a Friend; Tell a Friend" – we anticipate an incredible turnout for this year's Alumni Band Day.

Joe Dahlstrom
LHAB President 2016-2017

Thursday, August 17, 2017

75th Anniversary D-Day Announcement

Longhorn Alumni Band

75thAnniversary D-Day

June 4-11, 2019

Dear LHAB Members,


The Longhorn Alumni Band has been offered and has accepted an invitation to perform as the main musical ensemble for the 75th Anniversary Celebrations of D-Day in Normandy, France in June 2019. As you all know, the LHAB is the largest and proudest organization of its kind in the world, and now we continue to be recognized on the world stage.  We will be performing special music and all required national anthems at both public wreath-laying ceremonies at the American Cemeteries at St. James and Omaha Beach. These are very special and incredibly moving ceremonies.


Beloware the basic facts and details of the trip. We encourage you to considerjoining us. For those who participated in the LHAB London trip, this trip willbe much different, but like London, it will be incredibly rewarding. Our veryown Mel Kusin (LHB baritone) was in Patton’s 3rd Army andparticipated in the first D-Day Anniversary Parade. Mel is going! This trip isalso open to all LHB students, so the already great sound of the LHAB may get abig boost. LHB director Dr. Scott Hanna will be leading us, so get out yourhorn and start practicing!


Thetrip is organized by Historic Programs and you can see a video of past trips via the link below. Very shortly, you will receive an invitation packet containing registration and payment information from Chris Meeker with Historic Programs and we ask that you register by September 15, 2017. Your first payment is due October 1, 2017 (see below). Family and friends can go with us as guests, but only LHB and LHAB members will be performing. We will also create a link to the trip on our LHAB website that will contain additional information.




Bill Phillips                                   Joe Dahlstrom

Steering Committee - Chair        LHAB President





Purpose and plan: Perform as the main musical ensemble at various ceremonies and parades honoring those who fought and died in Operation Overlord on June 6, 1944,at Normandy, France. This is the 75th anniversary of D-Day.Countries involved include France, Great Britain, Canada, and the United States.


Tentative Trip Dates and Performances

8 days 6 nights


Departure date:  Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Arrival date:        Wednesday,June 5, 2019                              

Air Travel:           Fly into Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport)

Immediately board transportation to Normandy.  Itis too early to book airfare. You can book airfare on your own or through Historic Programs.

Accommodations:   Rooms are double occupancy

Video:  https://vimeo.com/135395629 

Performances:     Normandy

American Cemetery at Brittany

Town Square, St. Mere Eglise

Normandy Parade

American Cemetery at Omaha Beach                    

Performances:   Paris

Luxembourg Gardens

The American University

Departure date:    Tuesday,June 11, 2019

                               Paris(Charles de Gaulle Airport)


Note: different from London trip. Due to the highly limited access to Normandy, vehicle access is by permit only.Buses will be provided to all events while we are in Normandy until we return to Paris. Once we are back in Paris, your travel plans will be a bit more relaxed.


Per person costs: 

$2,047Rooms double occupancy, plus airfare TBD

$2,647 Rooms single occupancy, plus airfare TBD.  If you want a room for one person, it is an additional $600.


Uniforms will likely be very nice specially designed Polo

shirts, khaki pants, and cap. An additional charge will be

required to purchase your shirt and cap.



We will also incur a charge for shipping percussion,

tubas, and other large instruments. That cost has not yet

been determined.


What’s included?           

6nights first class accommodations

6 breakfasts, 6 dinners

All coach transfers

Guided tours, including Louvre and Eiffel Tower admissions

Full time escorts

All tips, except bus drivers



Registration September 15, 2017.

Expect registration forms to be available on or before September 1, 2017.

Registration forms will provide payments schedule.


Payment schedule:       

Initial $250 deposit due October 1, 2017, followed by 11 monthly payments.  Payments can be by check or credit card


Refunds:  There will be a schedule for amounts owed for cancellations at different times prior to the trip.

Note: We highly recommend travel insurance,as we are not able to provide refunds.



Special music will be provided, including the national anthems of other countries.


We will need to hold a few rehearsals prior to departure, the

dates, times, and locations of which will be determined later.

Rehearsals will likely be held in multiple locations.


Who Can Go With Us



LHB and LHAB players only, including flags

No non-LHAB/LHBsub-ins



Yes,and they will follow the same booking procedure as those performing.


Big Bertha:                         

NO, but she will be with us in spirit.



Feel free to reach outto anyone of us on the Steering committee. Calls are OK, but email questions are best.  Once our LHAB website has a Normandy Triptab, we will direct all questions to a central location.


Normandy Steering Committee

Bill Phillips – Chair



Joe Dahlstrom


Sara Beth Purdy


Jo Lyn Peters



Scott Harmon


Heather Knolle


Scott Hanna