The Aerie, Yearbook of University of North Texas, 1990 Page: 79
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trophy in a row
Drumline brings home fifth first-place
and the Green Brigade prepares to don new costumes
for the fall 1990 Centennial Homecoming Celebration
A n intregal part of any NT home football
game was the Green Brigade. Directed
by Dennis Fisher, the marching band
could be counted on to add a kick to
the halftime shows and Homecoming celebra-
tions. In the fall, approximately 250 members
of the Green Brigade lent spirit, even when the
Eagles were having trouble in the game.
The band performed two different shows
during the semester, each
with a separate theme.
The first was a tribute to
American theatre, as the
Brigade marched to the
fluid rhythms of selec-
tions from the 1935 musi-
cal, "Porgy and Bess." A
reflection on opera - a rock opera in this case
-was the theme of the second show, during
which the Green Brigade played songs from
the popular "Little Shop of Horrors."
Although the entire semester was exciting
for the band members, the biggest thrill came
in November when the drumline returned
from Nashville, Tennessee, with their fifth
first-place trophy in an annual competition.
The win might have been the drumline's sixth
in a row if it had not been for a new rule
enforced the previous year which prevented
the line from competing. The idea behind the
rule was to enable other bands the chance to
The Green Brigade was preparing for a spe-
cial Centennial program to be performed dur-
ing the fall 1990 football season. Fisher, who
had been director of the marching band for
over eight years, promised a terrific show for
Homecoming week. Band members would
wear the same uniforms but would sport spe-
cial Centennial patches and new headgear. The
Green Brigade planned to perform numbers
from "Children of Sanchez" as part of the
The Green Brigade was always looking for
new talent. Recently, the College of Music
allowed non-music majors to apply and audi-
tion for the marching band for the first time.
This new rule will give a larger number of
students a chance to try out for the band.
"This gives the non-music majors and minors
a chance to participate in a musical organiza-
tion." Fisher said. This change was one of
many which had affected the Green Brigade
since it was formed in the mid-1940s. Howev-
er, according to Fisher, these changes had not
altered the group's excellence and had, in fact,
improved the quality of the band.
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