The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 74
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Thirty men and women, pursuing degrees ranging from
astronomy to zoology, combine their talents to make up one of the largest and
most diversified band fronts in the state
N T had one of the best band fronts in the
state of Texas. In the fall, the front
contained thirty men and women in the
flag and rifle squads, one of the largest
and most diverse in the state. The front ac-
companied the Green Brigade for football
games, Homecoming activities and parades,
and also performed for both the men's and
women's basketball games.
Although associated with the College of
Music, the band front did not fall under many
of the rules which restricted students from
being a part of musical organizations. On the
average, only a third of the front's members
were actual music majors. The rest pursued
careers ranging from astronomy to elementary
education. Some members had been with na-
tional or international corps which competed
Applying for the band front was not ex-
tremely difficult but the judging was very
Flag Corp/Rifle Corp
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picky. High school experience was not man-
datory, although it definitely helped. Try-outs
were held during the summer at band camp.
Applicants had to create a short, individual
routine, as well as show ability in basic areas.
Those who were chosen for one of the squads
were informed the next day. The band front
then joined the Green Brigade where the
members began working on the shows for the
The creation of routines for shows and pa-
rades was a joint effort. Don Jackson worked
with the front and came up with many of the
routines, but was helped out by the members
of the flag and rifle corps. In creating the
shows, Jackson was assisted by Dennis Fisher,
who directed the Green Brigade.
The band front had begun participating in
local competitions and was showing promise
as a group to be reckoned with. In February,
the front placed second at a competition in
Carrollton. Although no competitions were
planned for the remainder of the spring, the
front planned to compete again in the fall.
During the Centennial Homecoming celebra-
tion, the band front would be performing with
the Green Brigade which included a big pa-
rade and an extravaganza.
But what was so great
about being a member of
the band front? Accord-
ing to Janina Haylett, De -
Soto junior, a lot! A
member of the flag corp
for three years, Haylett
enjoyed the intense friendships which devel-
oped throughout the year. "The best part of
being in the group is getting to know every-
body," Haylett said. "We contribute lots of
spirit, especially during football games, when
we lead the crowd in cheers for UNT," Hay-
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