Goin' Band Association News
Where has the year gone? We’ve been hard at work getting preparations made for Alumni Band Day 2017 and all of a sudden, it’s time to make an announcement and share the details with everyone. All of our members got a sneak peek into the planning of Alumni Band Day in the release of our Spring 2017 newsletter, The Foot’n Half News, so some of this may not come as much of a surprise to you. If you’re not a paying member, you’re missing out on receiving insider information about the Greatest Band in the Land! Sign up, now!
The Board of Directors is excited to announce that Alumni Band Day 2017 has been confirmed for September 16th at the TTU vs Arizona State University football game. We’re very excited by the prospect of this game and hope you are too! This is your opportunity to return to Texas Tech – return to the Jones – and take your foot’n a half to perform a halftime show once more for all of the excited fans in the stands. Please read carefully, as there is some important information we need to share surrounding this event.
- You must register before September 1 in order to receive a ticket into the stadium! Texas Tech Athletics will be donating tickets to all performing members and we need to give them the registration numbers early so they can have the tickets ready to go.
- All non-performing members and guests will need to purchase their tickets. GBA has been offered a group rate discount at $35/person. This must be paid before September 1.
- If you are a member at one of the following levels, GBA will purchase guest tickets on your behalf at no additional cost to you:
- Director – 1 Guest Ticket
- Silver Director – 2 Guest Tickets
- Gold Director – 3 Guest Tickets
- Platinum Director – 4 Guest Tickets
- You do not have to march and/or play to participate in our activities. Buses are provided for those unable to march to the stadium.
Finally, our honor group for Alumni Band Day is a special group that typically always works behind the scenes to make sure that the Goin’ Band can practice or perform no matter where they are. It can be a thankless job, but we are very appreciative of the work they provide to the band each year. For 2017, our honor group is the Bandwagon Drivers! We’ll be recognizing any attending drivers at ABD this year and honoring them for their hard work.
UPDATE 8/14: Tentative Schedule of Events
- 12:00pm Registration Packet Pickup and GBA Store opens – SUB: Red Raider Ballroom
- 3:00pm General Meeting – Hemmle Recital Hall
- 3:30pm Indoor Rehearsal
- 4:00pm Outdoor Rehearsal
- 5:00pm GB17 Fan Performance
- 5:00pm ABD Supper
- 5:45pm Buses depart for stadium
- 6:10pm ABD March Over
- 6:15pm GB17 March Over
- 7:05pm Kick Off
Stay tuned to our website, Facebook, and Twitter feeds as we’ll be posting updates to Alumni Band Day 2017 as we get closer.
We look forward to seeing everyone this fall! If you have any questions, feel free to email us!
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night at the Lady and Red Raider basketball games! The music sounded great and the heckling was on point (as usual). Our next game is this Sunday (12/18) and we hope to see you there.
Lady Raiders vs Alcorn State
- Pre-Game Rehearsal (See below for info) – 1:30PM
- Pre-Game Food – 1:30PM
- Call Time – 2:30PM
- Tip-Off – 3:00PM
Jay Sedberry (our fearless director) spoke with most everyone last night regarding holding a rehearsal before our next game. The goal of this rehearsal is to sight-read through as much of the new music as possible before the game. We strongly recommend you attend, if you can.
The rehearsal will be held at the arena in our usual section. Enter through the media entrance (our normal doors), come on down, and join us! We’ll be finished in time for the pre-game meal.
We completely replaced our music with brand new flip folders and fresh copies for all parts. The flip folders were graciously donated by Tarpley Music.
The next time you need instrument service or new music, go visit Tarpley Music and let them know the Goin’ Band Association sent you.
Wreck ’em, Tech!
The first two games are this Wednesday and it’s a Double Header! Even if you can’t make the tip-off time for the first game, please join us as soon as you can.
Lady Raiders vs Central Arkansas
- Pre-Game Food – 4:00PM
- Call Time – 5:00PM
- Tip-Off – 5:30PM
(Tip-Off time depends on when the Lady Raiders game ends)
- Pre-Game Food – Approx 6:30PM
- Call Time – Approx 7:30PM
- Tip-Off – Approx 8:05PM
Beginning this year, Texas Tech implemented a Clear Bag Policy for all athletic events. This is the same policy for the Football games this past fall. For all the details, please read http://texastech.com/sports/2016/7/6/clear-bag-policy.aspx.
Instrument cases will not be subjected to the policy, only purses and small personal bags will be checked.
In addition, Texas Tech is alerting fans of a temporary closure to the entrance and exit of the Commuter West Lot at Texas Tech Parkway and Knoxville Ave. This entrance and exit will be closed from 12/5/16 to 1/13/17 for construction.
During this temporary closure, please make sure to use the entrances and exits off of Indiana (if coming from the North) and the entrance at Indiana and 18th St (if coming from 19th or the Marsha Sharp Freeway).
We look forward to seeing everyone there! Wreck ’em, Tech!
As the students head home for the holidays, there are still several basketball games scheduled. We have been invited to form a basketball band for these holiday games once more and need your help! We don’t have any restrictions on who can join us to play at the games, other than knowing the which end of the instrument points away from you. If you can play a horn or woodwind (or bass guitar?), you are more than welcome to tag along.
Polish off your book of heckling, practice your stand tunes (stop laughing!), and head to the website below to sign up for our mailing list. We’ll be sending out more information as we get closer and need to know how to contact you.
Schedule of Games
(Check TexasTech.com for Tip-Off TImes)
December 14 – MBB vs Nicholls State
December 14 – WBB vs Central Arkansas
December 18 – WBB vs Alcorn State
December 21 – MBB vs Longwood
December 22 – WBB vs UT Arlington
January 1 – WBB vs Oklahoma State
January 3 – MBB vs West Virginia
January 4 – WBB vs Iowa State
January 10 – MBB vs Kansas State
January 11 – WBB vs West Virginia
The Board of Directors are excited to announce the tentative schedule of events for Alumni Band Day 2016! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us via our Contact Page.
Saturday, September 17
11:00 AM — Registration Opens
2:00 PM — Annual Meeting of Members
2:30 PM — Indoor Rehearsal
3:00 PM — Outdoor Rehearsal
4:00 PM — GB16 Fan Performance, Dinner for ABD participants and guests
5:00 PM — Buses depart to the stadium
5:15 PM — ABD Participants and GB16 March Over to the Stadium
6:05 PM — Kick-Off
We will be sitting in Section 113 once again this year (upper deck next to the jumbotron) and will be escorted thru section 13 to access the field.