Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band
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The Spirit of Houston is two hundred and fifty members strong and serves as the largest spirit group on campus. The Cougar Band is a diverse group, comprised of individuals from across the state and the country, as well as an almost equal mix of music majors and non-music majors. The band is open to all interested individuals and distributes grants applicable toward tuition to all contributing members. University of Houston football games, both home and away, serve as the band's primary performance outlet as it performs both prior to kickoff and at halftime. It also leads pep rallies and other various events around the campus and city. Additionally, the Spirit of Houston has been invited to make appearances at various region and area marching competitions. The band has marched in numerous parades, including the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Rodeo Parade. Spirit groups have traveled around the nation to locations such as Ann Arbor, West Point, Hattiesburg, New Orleans, Austin, and Greenville. Most recently, the band competed for, and won a performance spot in the Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime show produced by MTV.
UH Spirit and Traditions
Under the leadership of band legend Dr. Bill Moffitt, the Cougar Marching Band has a storied past in which the present-day style of marching band, a move away from the military style, was pioneered. They performed this new style all across the country, and at one point their recording of the Star Spangled Banner was played at Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks, as well as the historic tennis match between Billy Jean King and Bobby Riggs. In addition to creating an amazing performance record, Dr. Moffitt also created a spirit classic played by bands all across the nation. “Eat Em' Up”, inspired by food time calls in the army, has become a second fight song for the University of Houston. Other traditions include the pre-game parade to Robertson Stadium, culminating in a concert for fans and the Cougar football team as it enters the stadium, and the pre-game performance. The Marching Band also possesses a large brass bell, always named after the current band secretary. Carol, as it is known today, is transported to each home game by freshmen and new members and is rung with each point scored. Finally, the band ends each gathering with the singing of the Alma Mater. Members of the Spirit of Houston, with hands raised in the Cougar hand symbol, sing their part to the school song to close practices, performances, and gatherings.