NORMAN — A move to change the University of Oklahoma home football games’ pre-game band music has apparently been shelved.
OU officials on Tuesday released a statement from Justin Stolarik, the new Pride of Oklahoma band director, saying the band listened to its fans and have decided to keep the traditional pre-game fanfare.
“In our 109th year, I am pleased to join an organization with such an excellent heritage and to be working with such an outstanding group of 290 hard-working students,” Stolarik said. “We want to increase the intensity of the spirit of our fans while preserving the best of our traditions and seeking ways to continually enhance the performance.”
“The band believes in listening to the views of our many fans, and they have asked that we keep our traditional pre-game fanfare That’s exactly what we are going to do. While we have experimented with alternatives, we also listen carefully to our fans. By listening, we reached the conclusion that we would keep our traditional fanfare.”
As early as last week, the band was practicing the updated sequence with added content and increased tempo music. On Saturday, several students expressed excitement over the new sequence and were working to create precision in their movements. By Monday, formations were progressing well and the pre-game routine was coming together, Stolarik said.
OU President David L. Boren visited practice Monday. Pride members spoke with Boren and he congratulated them for many years of support for the university, team and fans.
“In my years here, I’ve seen us lose a few games, not many. But I have never seen The Pride lose a band contest. The Pride is undefeated, as far as I’m concerned,” Boren said to loud cheers.
As the band performed Monday, Boren said he was impressed with the routine and was looking forward to the public seeing it.