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


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


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund Invests $1.2 Million in Longhorn Band Scholarships

AUSTIN, Texas — The Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund has made an historical investment in current and future Longhorn Band students. Last week during the UT Austin’s annual day of giving, “40 Hours for the Forty Acres,” the Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund committed $1,240,000 to the University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, including a $600,000 general scholarship fund along with nineteen named scholarship funds.

Founded in 1964, the Longhorn Alumni Band was created with a core mission to raise funds for student scholarships.  Beginning with just a few annual scholarships of $25 each, the Longhorn Alumni Band fundraising effort grew very quickly, and the Charitable Fund was created to respond to this growth with a long-term investment plan.  After years of effective and faithful stewardship, the Charitable Fund board has taken a bold leadership step by entrusting the future management of these resources to UT Austin and the University of Texas Investment Management Corporation (UTIMCO).  This is another important milestone in the Charitable Fund’s long history of upward growth, and it paves the way for a dramatic increase in student support.

“The work of countless faithful Longhorn Band alumni has brought us to this very exciting moment in our history,” said Charitable Fund Board President Kent Kostka.  “I could not be more proud of the current board for its vision and leadership.”

To date, this is among the largest single gifts made to benefit the students in The University of Texas Longhorn Band. “The impact of this gift will be felt immediately by many deserving students,” said Scott Hanna, Director of the Longhorn Band. “The ability to provide increased support helps us with both student recruitment and retention, and more importantly, gives us the resources to support these hard-working young people in their academic pursuits.”

The Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund plans to continue growing their general scholarship fund annually, along with supporting other key programs in the Longhorn Band. “The decision by the Charitable Fund to place their investments with UTIMCO moves us closer to our long-term goal of having scholarship support available for every student in the Longhorn Band,” said Jerry Junkin, Director of University Bands.

The gift from the Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund was the single largest cash gift received this year during 40 Hours for the Forty Acres.  “We are incredibly proud of our Longhorn Band alumni.  Their record of giving and stewardship is a model for the university’s entire alumni base,” said UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves

This gift was made possible by the leadership of the Longhorn Alumni Band Charitable Fund Board of Trustees, Kent Kostka, President; Bryan Penn, Treasurer; Cathy Sorsby, Secretary; Bill Phillips, Trustee; and Jo Lyn Tillerson Peters, Trustee.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Shuttle Information **UPDATED**

Shuttle Schedule
Shuttle Information:

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 75 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.

Shuttle Route:
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Speedway Garage to the Band Hall Stop
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Band Hall Stop to the Bubble
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Speedway Garage to the Bubble to the Band Hall
Immediately Following the Game
Band Hall Stop to Speedway Garage

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Band Day Guest and Children Policy

In compliance with University 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 guests/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 march down.
  • All children of LHAB members must be accompanied by a non-marching adult while in the stadium and at the indoor practice facility (The Bubble).  Athletics requests that we monitor guests in order to ensure that equipment and facilities are maintained.
Thank you for you compliance and Hook 'em!

Officer Nominations 2016-2017

1-Year Terms

President                                                                   Joe Dahlstrom (no vote required)
President-Elect                                                          Sara Beth Purdy
Vice President                                                           Karen Hudson
Past President                                                           Jo Lyn Peters (no vote required)
Secretary                                                                   Matthew Brandt
Treasurer                                                                   Cynthia Wren
Asst. Treasurer                                                         George Moxley (appointed position)
Asst. VP: Communications                                        Geof Sloan
Asst. VP: Music Librarian                                           Sam Morehead
Asst. VP: Technology                                                 Ben Lee Schneider
Asst. Technology Officer                                            David Jones
Asst. VP: Registrar/TBS Liaison                                Heather Wright Knolle
Asst. VP: KKY Liaison                                               Edward Martinez
Asst. VP: LHB Liaison                                               Kyle Walker
Asst. VP: Property Mgr.                                             Jaime Luna
Asst. VP: Archivist                                                     Barbara Helbert
Asst. VP: Austin Area Rep                                        George Moxley
Asst. VP: Dallas Area Rep                                        Mike Haeker
Asst. VP: Houston Area Rep                                     Thomas Staton
Asst. VP: San Antonio Area Rep                               Casey Magnuson
1 Year (unexpired term)                                     Nefertiti Williams
2 Years (unexpired term)                                   Nick Schroeder
3 Year Term                                                    Coral Noonan-Terry
3 Year Term                                                    Emily Ellenberg

Continuing on the Board of Directors
Year 3 of Three Year Term                                   Ruth Dahlstrom
Year 2 of Three Year Term                                   Scott Harmon

2017 Nominating Committee:  JoLyn Peters (Chair), Eddie Lopez, Tess McKenna, Tadd Lanham, George Greene

Submitted by LHAB Nominating Committee (Joe Dahlstrom, chair; Heather Wright Knolle; Kyle Walker)

**UPDATED** 2016 Band Day Schedule

Friday, October 14, 2016
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 open
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Business meeting and rehearsal
8:30 pm – Midnight Purchase food and drink from Scholz’s restaurant and
return to the Halle for social time

Saturday, October 15, 2016—TENTATIVE based on access to the Bubble

9:00 am LHAB Shuttle Begins at Speedway Parking Garage
10:30 am - 11:30 am       Pick up Name Tags, BBQ Wristbands, Spirit Items, Instruments
and Music at the Band Hall
10:30 am - 11:00 am LHAB Section Leader Meeting in the Byrd Room
11:30 am – 12:00 pm         LHAB Shuttle or Walk to the Bubble
11:45 am – 12:00 pm         LHAB Members Load into the Bubble
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm            LHAB Playing and Marching Rehearsal in the Bubble
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm              Combined Rehearsal with LHB in the Bubble
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm              LHAB BBQ Meal in the Breezeway between BSOM and COFA
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm              LHAB Pick up Vests (must be in full uniform)
4:35 pm                              LHAB Line-Up for March Down
4:50 pm                        LHAB Step Off for March Down (heads up-- we are entering
through a different gate this year)
6:00 pm                              Kickoff – BTHOOISU!!!!

Band Day Uniform

Alumni Band Day Uniform

  • White collared shirt (long or short sleeved)
  • Solid black pants
  • Solid black socks & shoes 
  • Orange vest (provided at uniform checkout)

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 vote at the annual business meeting on October 4, 2016.  

The changes are highlighted on the documents you will find at:

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

New or Changed for 2016 Band Day

New or Changed for 2016 Band Day
  • The Friday night rehearsal and business meeting will be held in Scholz's Saengerrunde Halle on the south end of Scholz's Garten (inside with air conditioning!)
  • Our seats in DKR Memorial Stadium have been moved from the upper deck BACK DOWN to field level in Section 32!  Section 32 is located at the southeast end of the stadium.  We express our most sincere thanks to LHB Director Scott Hanna and Athletic Director Mike Perrin for making this move possible!
Image result for dkr section 32 map

Reminder: Online registration closes at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12! Mail-in registration must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 7.

**Please note: There will be no late registration processed after Friday night.  Saturday morning is for pre-registered members to pick up materials prior to rehearsal.

Instrument & Equipment Checkout

It’s time to dust off those horns again!  
We are anticipating another great turnout this year, so here is the general info on instruments:

1) Please REGISTER EARLY to reserve an instrument if you need one.  We have a very limited amount of instruments and if you wait until Friday night, we cannot guarantee the correct instrument for you.  
REMINDER: we do not own any woodwind instruments to check out, so please bring your own.  Also, if you can borrow an instrument from a friend, family member, or local school, PLEASE DO!  We are looking into getting more mellos, TUBA!s, and percussion, but as always, we anticipate having a limited amount. 

**More Tubas and Drums**
Just today (10/4/16), we have been officially informed that LHB is giving LHAB additional instruments as follows:
  • 15 tubas
  • 10 snare drums
  • 6 tenor drums
  • 5 bass drums

If you registered and weren’t able to reserve a tuba or drum because the inventory showed “0” left, Ben Lee Schneider will be working to add this inventory and correct your “order” for an instrument.

2) Instrument selection is on a first come, first served basisPlease show up early, because those who do will be given priority when selecting an instrument.  

3) TUBA!s and Mellos: bring your own mouthpiece and valve oil.  Mellos: be aware that we own “F” Mellos, as that has been an issue in the past.  Percussion: bring your own mallets! We do not own any.

4) Instruments will be handed out at our Annual Meeting on Friday, Ocotber 14 (5:00-6:45pm at Scholz Garten). Look for the U-Haul truck!  

5) If by chance you still have an instrument from last year, please contact me so I can update our inventory.  

6) If you ABSOLUTELY cannot attend on Friday and you cannot have someone else pick up you instrument for you, please contact me.  

7) It's your responsibility to make sure your instrument is checked in following the game. Load it back on the U-Haul or you may incur a replacement fee if it's lost.

I look forward to seeing everyone again this year!  And please, BRING YOUR OWN INSTRUMENT IF POSSIBLE!!!   

If you have any questions, send an e-mail to

Jaime Luna
LHAB Vice President Equipment