I knew my dad (class of '68) would want me to go introduce myself, so that's what I did.
Turns out, they were all in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. Be still my heart! My mom has been in love with the Aggie band
Here's a little video clip of them I found on the AirForce news:
And here they are in all their booted, uniformed glory. (Hey wait--they're all sporting new haircuts since I last saw them. Well, that makes sense.)
Can you imagine sawin' horns with a 4-star??!
Will thought they were the coolest guys on the planet after we spoke to them, but he was even more impressed to see these pictures. "Can I be in the band when I get to A&M?"
Oh, yeah, baby!
(My apologies to any readers I may have who DIDN'T cut their teeth on Aggie terminology. Just before the Aggie Band takes the field during a home football game, the announcer (in unison with everyone in the stands) says, "Now forming at the north end of Kyle Field, the nationally famous Fightin' Texas Aggie Band." Those with the privilege of doing so, whoop and those without the privilege cheer. Then there is silence and you can hear the head drum major shout, "Recall! Step off on Hullabaloo!" Hullabaloo is the first word of the Aggie War Hymn. Oh, my, I am feeling SO nostalgic right now. If you ever get a chance to see the Band perform--especially in Kyle Field--do it!! It really is absolutely wonderful.)