The Norman Transcript

August 20, 2013

Band shelves changes in pre-game routine

New director says fans like the old routines


The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A move to change the University of Oklahoma football game’s 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 band 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.” 

Our students are working extremely hard, and I appreciate their good work.  Our goal is for the band to continue to live up to its name, The Pride of Oklahoma.

The Sooners open the season Aug. 31 against Louisiana-Monroe.