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Posts Tagged ‘Husky’

UW Huskies Stomp WSU Cougars, 45-10, in 108th Apple Cup—Alumni Band Helps

Posted by glennled on December 14, 2015

 

2015-11-27 12.41.36Since when do the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State University Cougars ever play a football game on a Friday afternoon? Well, on 27 Nov 2015, the day after Thanksgiving—that’s when they played the 108th Apple Cup at Husky Stadium in Seattle.

And not only was the weather sunny, but also, for Husky fans, so were the results. The Huskies chased the Cougars back to the Palouse, 45-10!

Normally, I attend at least two home games each season as a member of the Husky Alumni Band, playing trumpet. This year, I attended only this one. Great choice! We play for the fans prior to the game at numerous venues surrounding the stadium, including the boat docks. Then we get to watch the game, free! We sit alongside the UW Varsity Band, adjacent to the student section.

Both schools are playing in bowl games this year in Texas on the same day, 26 December (it’s a Saturday). Who will win? one or both or neither?

UW (6-6, 4-5 Pac-12) plays Southern Miss (9-4, 7-2 Conference USA) in Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at Cotton Bowl Stadium. WSU (8-4, 6-3 Pac 12) plays Miami (8-4, 5-3 ACC) in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.

Please click on any photo to enlarge it. Naturally, I favor pictures of trumpeters playing “Victory for Washington” and “Bow Down to Washington.” I wonder how many of them took private trumpet lessons. Band is so much fun!

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High School Cheerleaders Day at Husky Stadium—UW Defeats U of Colorado, 59-7

Posted by glennled on May 29, 2014

High School Cheerleaders Day, UW Husky Stadium, 11-9-'13

High School Cheerleaders Day, UW Husky Stadium, 11-9-’13

 

At a night game in Seattle on 9 November 2013, the University of Washington Huskies drubbed the University of Colorado Buffaloes, 59-7. Quarterback Keith Price was 22 of 29 in passing for 312 yards and had two passing TDs and two rushing TDs. Running Back Bishop Sankey rushed for 143 yards.

All that’s very well indeed, but credit must be given where credit is due–it was High School Cheerleaders Day, so with that much support, it was impossible for the Huskies to lose!

As a member of the Husky Alumni Band, I got to play my cornet again for the tail-gaters. I asked the band director if we could play “Hey Baby” which came out in 1961. We did, entertaining fans down on the boats moored to the docks at the shoreline of Lake Washington. Everybody loves to sing along and dance to those lyrics–“Hey, hey hey baby! I want to know if you’ll be my girl.” With a thousand cheerleaders at the game and the Huskies winning so easily, who wouldn’t be happy?!

Here is a photo gallery of the game, focused on the UW Husky Marching Band (especially the trumpets) and Cheerleaders, plus all the high school cheerleaders. Field-level shots are by Louis Figueroa, and press-box shots are by Garry Nakayama. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

 

 

 

 

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Husky Alumni Band Cheers UW to Victory Over Stanford, 17-13

Posted by glennled on October 16, 2012

Victory celebration!

Everyone knows that while Husky Stadium is now being rebuilt for next year, the football team is playing its home games in downtown Seattle at Century Link Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders. Everyone sees the UW Husky Varsity Marching Band on the stadium steps at the north entrance prior to the game, in the south stands during the game, and on the field for pre-game and half-time shows. But who knows whether the Husky Alumni Band is even there—and if so, where are they?

Well, yes, we were there Thursday night (27 September) to see the Huskies upset the 8th-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 17-13. We were seated in the SW quadrant of the stadium—high up in Section 327!—cheering as loudly as everyone else.

UW Husky Varsity Marching Band

We played at three pep rallies prior to the game, one with the Chinese Dragon at Hing Hay Park in the International District, one in the north parking lot of the stadium, and one in Occidental Street on the west side of the stadium. That earned us free tickets into this big game. Recall that there was a time when it was questionable whether the Husky Alumni Band would have a role to play at the home games this year (see my post of 18 November 2011), but that was settled. We’re there, helping raise money for HMBAA scholarships, and we’re very happy. It’s such fun, and I love playing trumpet. Some of us even joined the massive crowd on the field after the game to celebrate the victory. Go Huskies!

Photos are by Louis Figueroa and Gary Nakayama, courtesy of the UW Husky Varsity Marching Band conducted by Dr. Brad McDavid, Director. Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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My Trumpet Student Plays in Seattle All-City Honors Elementary Band and Orchestra Concert

Posted by glennled on April 2, 2012

2012 Seattle All-City Honors Elementary Band

Last Saturday, another of my trumpet students played in the annual concert performed by the Seattle Public Schools’ All-City Honors Elementary Band and Orchestra. This year it was held at Chief Sealth International High School in West Seattle. He’s now a 5th-grader at Lawton Elementary School where Lindsey Dustin is band director (see my blog posts of 17 February 2012 and 14 November 2010). Next fall, he plans to attend Hamilton International Middle School in Wallingford.

The 123-member band representing 41 schools packed the large stage, and the auditorium was almost full, too, with parents, relatives, friends and a few tutors like me. He was one of only 18 trumpet players in the 2012 honors band. Think of that—one of the best 5th grade trumpeters in Seattle Public Schools—that’s impressive! The band’s guest conductor was Marcus Pimpleton, a 2002 graduate of the University of Washington who now serves as music department head at Denny International Middle School, Chief Sealth International High School, and the Seattle Schools All-City Marching Band. Mr. Pimpleton was a drum major with the UW Husky Marching Band (see http://www.huskymarchingband.com/). He now has a Master’s in Theology and a Doctorate in Religious Education from Bishop A.L. Hardy Academy of Theology in Seattle.

Part of the 18-member trumpet section

The talented honors band sounded very solid when playing three pieces: “Oxford Overture,” “I’m An Old Cowhand,” and “A Little Cha-Cha Music.” The Honors Orchestra was conducted by Heather Shaffer, who is Director of Orchestras at Denny and Sealth. They played “Hunter’s Chorus,” “Jamaican Spice,” and “Legend of Dark Mountain.” At this level, the orchestra is comprised solely of strings. There were 88 students representing 32 schools—a great honor, indeed!

Please click on any photo to enlarge it.

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Husky Alumni Band Teeters as UW Tumbles to Oregon, 34-17

Posted by glennled on November 18, 2011

Near capacity crowd pushes Alumni Band out of the stands and onto the track

As the largest crowd of the season, 69,407, watched the UW Huskies fall to the University of Oregon Ducks, 34-17, the Husky Alumni Band was wondering about it future. Will the band play at the Husky home games at Century Link Field in 2012? Will the band be allocated free seats and play at games in the newly renovated Husky Stadium in 2013 and beyond? As the band pondered its future and consulted with the university, so did The Seattle Times in an article on 4 November, wondering what will become of the band and its traditions  (see http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2016692667_alumniband05m.html).

At the game day rehearsal prior to kickoff, the president of the Husky Marching Band Alumni Association (HMBAA) announced to the band that the university has committed to keeping the Alumni Band as “part of the game day experience” for Husky fans. Exactly what that means and on what terms it would be implemented are yet to be determined.

Husky Alumni Band President, Tameem Bakkar (right), makes announcements at pre-game rehearsal

At present, the band gets free parking and arrives ready for rehearsal three hours before the game. Then we play for tailgaiting fans at 4-5 pep rallies at different spots surrounding the stadium. The last spot is always by the bronze husky and Coach Jim Owens statues at the west entrance. Once inside, we sit in free seats in the west end of the stadium. If the game is not a sellout (or nearly so), then we sit in the stands, but if fans buy all the tickets (or nearly so), then portable chairs are set up for us on the track. We play during selected timeouts, and we play in front of the south stands following the Varsity Band’s half-time performance. After the game, we again play for the fans as they depart the stadium. We like playing fun music and enhancing others’ enjoyment of the day.

Beyond that, where does the band play? at some Husky basketball and volleyball games and other venues when the Varisty Pep Band is not available. Also, at special parties, celebrations, and events when requested. The band mixes with the Varsity Marching Band for the Seattle Torchlight Parade, the opening home football game of each new season, and the annnual Homecoming game.

Two Alumni Band members chat: Ward Brannman (L) is band director at Kamiakin Jr. High in Kirkland and Jeff Miller (R) is band director at Pine Lake (Sammamish) and Pacific Cascade (Issaquah) middle schools.

Besides performing at home football games, what does the HMBAA band do to merit free parking and seats?  It raises scholarships funds for Husky Varsity Band students. Each August for the past 8 years, HMBAA has sponsored the Husky Alumni Golf Classic and Auction to raise such funds. The fees charged when the Alumni Pep Band plays for special events also go into the scholarship fund. Would you dine out to support these scholarships? Duke’s Chowder House (at three locations) designated a certain night in October when a portion of the revenues were donated to the band. Georgetown Brewing Co. donated a keg of Manny’s Pale Ale for each location, and 100% of all proceeds were given to the band. Last year, the Husky Alumni Band awarded $28,400 in scholarships!

The motto of the Husky Alumni Band is “A Touch of Class.” And yes, it is indeed a classy organization worthy of the University of Washington.

The following photos of the UW Varsity Marching Band were taken by Louis Figueroa (field) and Garry Nakayama (pressbox). Click on any photo to enlarge it.

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Photo Gallery of Bands’ Performance as UW Scores Victory over ECU, 30-27

Posted by glennled on September 25, 2011

National Champion majorette

On 3 September, the University of Washington Huskies beat the Eastern Washington University Eagles, 30-27. The first home game of each new season is known to the bands as the “Varsity/Alumni Game,” because it is the only game for which the Varsity and Alumni bands combine to march on the field and play in the stands.

Matt and Cam, my two great "Guide-on's," wearing our "W" caps backwards to signify another Husky victory!

Only those alumni members who volunteer get to do it, and this year I did so for the first time. One night at practice, I realized

that I had not marched on that field since the 1961 season! Back then, I played 1st trumpet, had all the music memorized, and always did the marching performances without flaw—just like today’s students. Fifty years later, I discovered that I can now either march or play—but not both at the same time. Good thing the director, staff, and young band members are patient and tolerant of imperfection! Indeed, they were much more than that: they were warmly hospitable, helpful, encouraging, and supportive.

In these photos, you will see that the uniform for this game consists of purple “Touch of Class” polo shirts, khaki pants, white shoes and socks, brown belt, and Husky cap with a “W” on the front. Pressbox photos are by Garry Nakayama; field photos by Louis Figueroa.

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Select Photo Gallery of 2011 Seafair Torchlight Parade

Posted by glennled on July 31, 2011

For a complete rebroadcast of the TV coverage of the Seafair Torchlight Parade last night in Seattle, see http://www.kirotv.com/video/28719705/index.html. At 1:37:32 on the video, you’ll find pictures of and commentary on the mixed UW Husky Varsity and Alumni Bands. I’m a member of the latter.

At 32:30 on the video, you can watch and hear one of my favorites, the Get a Life Marching Band from Portland, Oregon, who say about themselves, “We’re an eating band with a music problem.”  They’re composed of people (ages 20-70) who played in high school or college bands and don’t want to give it up.  Their motto is, “We don’t need good taste to know what tastes good.” They want to stay young but are not obsessed with perfection, including how they look, so they say about themselves, “We’d rather miss a note than miss a meal.”

Other bands and drumlines performing in the parade included (in order of appearance) the Calgary Round Up Band, Cranbrook Girls’ Bugle Band, Seattle Fire Department Pipe and Drum Band, 56th Army Band, Navy Band Northwest, Pacific Northwest Drumline, Seattle Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline, Falun Data Association of WA Band, Sumner High School Marching Band, Kennedy High School Marching Band, and Seattle All City Marching Band. 

Here are a few photos taken by Joshua Trujillo of www.seattlepi.com:

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Famous Unicycle Team Delights Crowd with Half-Time Show at UW-Texas Tech Basketball Game

Posted by glennled on December 13, 2010

How do they do that? That’s what I always wonder when I see people riding unicycles and doing their amazing moves and tricks. And that’s what made the half-time show so thrilling at the basketball game in Seattle between the University of Washington Huskies and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Dec. 4. [I played trumpet in the Husky Alumni Pep Band at this game.] The half-time buzzer sounded, the two teams trotted off to the locker rooms, and out onto the court rolled about 40 dazzling members of the famous Panther Pride Unicycle Team (PPUT) from North Bend, WA in the Snoqualmie Valley. The riders range from age 7 and up.

How do they even get up on those things, much less keep from falling off? Well, as I learned from their website, www.pput.info, there are at least 11 different ways to mount a unicycle. And the Unicycling Society of America has defined 10 skill levels of unicycle riding (see http://www.unicyclingusa.org).

PPUT Photo

 Last July, PPUT competed at the “U Games” in the San Francisco Bay Area (see http://ugames.caluni.org). These games are the North American Unicycling Championships and are the largest gathering of unicycle enthusiasts on the continent. PPUT brought back 60 gold, silver and bronze medals!

They appear on TV (see http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Panther-Pride-Unicycle-Team-99467054.html). They ride in various parades, including Macy’s Holiday Parade, Salmon Days in Issaquah, and Autumn Leaves Festival in Leavenworth. They do shows at basketball games for UW, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and others. They perform for corporate and group special events, local and statewide, and have tons of Flickr photos and YouTube videos (see http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local /san_francisco&id=7561416&rss=rss-kgo-article-7561416).

See what happens when you play trumpet in the school or alumni band? You get to see marvelous shows like this–free! It broadens the mind and uplifts the spirit, that’s what it does.

PPUT Photo

I’m always amazed at how many people are engaged in so many volunteer activities like this, whatever they may be—from flying model airplanes to rock climbing to drum and bugle corps to Renaissance festivals and medieval fairs to dog shows and horse shows, et.al.—“you-name-it.” And very often these activities evolve into organized competitions from the local to national to world levels. Whatever the endeavor, we all appreciate, admire and honor excellence. 

The next time you’re in the library, find a directory of societies and associations—-it’s thick!—and open its pages. You’ll be amazed at the variety of human interests and avocations. And we’re just like everyone else—it’s fun to play trumpet and ride unicycles for free at basketball games!

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800 Cheerleaders & Dancers Perform in Spectacular UW Husky Half-time Show!

Posted by glennled on November 11, 2010

Half-time Finale to ABBA's hit song, "Waterloo"

Wow, this was spectacular…you should see the videos below! At the UW-Stanford football game on 30 October, about 800 cheerleaders and dancers from 44 junior high and high schools from Washington performed for the fans during the half-time show. It’s such a big show that it’s sponsored by the Cheerleaders of America (COA), headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, and it bears the official name, “Second Annual UW Half-time Spirit Extravaganza.” 

The theme, chosen by the UW Husky Varsity Marching Band, was music by the famous group, ABBA. The cheer/dance teams performed a featured routine to a medley of ABBA songs, followed by a mass scramble to spell out “HUSKIES” to the popular sports song, “Rock and Roll Music, Part II.” The cheer/dance teams then

Band plays ABBA medley while cheerleaders wait to return to field for finale

joined the Husky Band to cover the entire field while the band played ABBA’s “Waterloo” for the finale. Beautiful show that lifted the spirits on a cold, rainy night when the home team wasn’t doing so well on the football field—way to go!

Watch it all (both the rehearsals and performance) at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx9zGPKB9Gg and

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Upset at Husky Spring Football Game!

Posted by glennled on May 11, 2010

Purples 14, Whites 13! The team with the second-string offense, led by freshman quarterback Nick Montana, beat the team with the first-string offense in the Huskies spring game on Friday night, 30 April. Montana, the son of NFL Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana, was 21-34 for 156 yards, capped by his 2-yard touchdown pass on the final play. Earlier, he threw a 31-yard touchdown strike down the middle in the third quarter. The Whites got a touchdown in the first quarter from an interception off Montana, his only big mistake on a cold, windy, rainy night.

The Husky Varsity Band was among the crowd of 15,000, and a few Alumni Band (HMBAA) members mixed in and played with them. Everyone is very excited about the good recruits coming to Washington next fall, and we’re all hoping for an improved team and a better win-loss record next season…maybe even a bowl game! It’s only a few months away. When the Torchlight Parade (31 July) and SeaFair Sunday (8 August) roll around, then the next big event is fall football–Go Huskies!

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