Traditions are an important part of what makes the Mustang Band the unique organization that it is. The Band has a storied and colorful history that may be unmatched in the collegiate realm. When SMU decided it needed a mascot as a symbol of its unified spirit, the faculty and students made nominations as to what Pony Battle Cry - The Southern Methodist University Band - SMU Mustang Jazz thought might serve the purpose adequately.
On October 25,the University community voted from among four possibilities - Bison, Greyhounds, Pioneers, and Mustangs. She was struck by the idea while watching the team practice from her Future No.
1 - Various - Shapes: Wires in Dallas Hall: "Why, out there, on the football field, it looks just like a bunch of wild Mustangs! Named after a potent "medicine" of the prohibition era, Peruna was an immediate success as the ultimate embodiment of the Mustang spirit on the campus. When he was struck and killed by a car Pony Battle Cry - The Southern Methodist University Band - SMU Mustang Jazz Mockingbird Lane during a Halloween celebration, the entire University community went into mourning.
Since that time, SMU has been represented by eight Perunas. All of them except the first have been donated and cared for through an endowment opened by the Culwell family. During the early days of the Mustang Band, Peruna accompanied the organization everywhere, appearing on theater playbills as "the midget wonder horse! When the Band was making its early reputation around the United States, the amazing thing to most listeners was that He Thought Himself Sick - The Crush - Here Is Where I Cross My Fingers was this collegiate marching band turning out high-keyed, precision, driving, articulate, genuine jazz; not those special gimmicky jazz arrangements for marching bands.
The Mustang Band plays jazz-full and loud, with all the gusto of three or four stage bands blowing at the same time. The Band has had many outstanding arrangers in its history.
Bob Farrar created many fine arrangements during the 's and 's. Doug Williamson wrote voluminously for the band during the late 's and throughout the 's and 's. The rendition of Shanty Town that the band concludes each performance with is one of his ingenious creations.
But we could not mention arrangers without including our beloved Jack Rohr. Jack was a member of the band and the student arranger when he attended SMU during the 's, and was the Assistant Director and Staff Arranger from Tommy began writing for the band during the mid's and continues to create fresh, new arrangements.
The Band also promotes a very real sense of family. The first week of Band orientation demands that all new members learn the names of their fellow band members, and all upper-class band members learn the names of the first-year members.
This bonding experience is a constant comfort to remind oneself that even as a newcomer on the SMU campus, you have many friends to fall back on for help, encouragement, and fun. To earn and uphold the Mustang Band's reputation as "The Best-Dressed Band in the Land," band members wear one uniform for the pregame performance, and change just before halftime to another one for all Mustang football games.
The Mustang Band has over 32 uniform combinations. The band has blue, red, and candystripe jackets and vests, blue and white slacks, and blue and red ties. Traditions Traditions are an important part of what makes the Mustang Band the unique organization that it is.
Mustangs When SMU decided it needed a mascot as a symbol of its unified spirit, the faculty and students made nominations as to what they thought might serve the purpose adequately.
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