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Tuesday, October 20, 1998
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Volume 64, Issue 41

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Cougar Brass goes 'Clyde-Crazy'

Band to hype up crowd at home games

MOORES MUSIC NOTES

Jason Cesar Consolacion
 
With the UH men's practice basketball season underway and the school "Clyde-Crazy," it is time to introduce the Moores School of Music's direct tie with the "Come Glyde With Clyde" campaign.

 The Moores School Cougar Brass, directed by Robert Mayes and Rob Meaux, plays at both men's and women's home basketball games. The 40-member band features brass instruments, saxophones and percussion.

 The band's main goal for every game is to pump up the crowd and the players by providing inspiring fight songs and pep rally anthems.

 Cougar Brass usually starts playing 45 minutes before the game. Their repertoire includes the Paul Simon classic "You Can Call Me Al" and neo-swing hits "Jump, Jive and Wail" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra and "Zoot Suit Riot" by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.

 When the players exit the locker rooms and run onto the court, the band greets them with the "Cougar Fight Song," urging crowd participation at the same time. When the starting lineups are introduced, the band plays the C&C Music Factory hit "Everybody Dance Now (Gonna Make You Sweat)."

 Additionally, the Cougar Brass provides music during time-outs and halftime. They also work with the cheerleaders in urging the crowd to cheer.

 "I think this year, the Cougar Brass will be a lot stronger," said sophomore trombone player Jason Burton. "Everyone wants to play at the games this year, and Mr. Mayes is having to choose whois going to be in the group. Last year, he didnit have that problem."

 The hiring of Clyde Drexler as the new men's basketball head coach has affected the Moores School of Music. The Cougar Brass played a big role in pumping up the crowd at Friday's Midnight Madness.

 "I thought the crowd was really into it," Burton continued. "They were up and cheering and really showed a lot of enthusiasm."

 In addition to pumping up the crowd, the Cougar Brass has also been known to heckle the players of the opposing team. They have even made one of the opposing players cry last season at a men's basketball game.

 So with the school pumped up about the upcoming basketball season, the Moores School of Music's own Cougar Brass will play a major role in improving the growing college atmosphere for all the basketball games at Hofheinz Pavilion.

Upcoming Events

 The Moores School of Music presents double bassist Harold Robinson in a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Moores Opera House.

 Robinson will play sonatas by Klaus Sillman, Adolf Misek and David Anderson. The concert will also feature Max Bruch's Kol Nidre. The double bassist will be accompanied by Donald Doucet on piano.

 As one of the world's leading bassists, Robinson is currently principal of the Philadelphia Orchestra and has served as principal of the National and New Mexico Symphonies. He is also a former member of the Houston Symphony.

 The recital is being held in conjunction with the Fourth Annual Texas Double Bass Symposium. The Symposium is a series of master classes, workshops, recitals and exhibits concentrated on the double bass.

 Admission for the Robinson recital is $6 ($4 for students), and tickets are available at the door on the afternoon of the performance.

 For updated concert information, call 743-3307. If you would like your recital announced, e-mail me all the information by 2 p.m. Monday.
 

Reach Consolacion at
JCConsMMN@hotmail.com
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