L E’s Stories – Can You Say Chiweenie?….Cuz That’s What I Am

It has been said  that “behind every good city dog is a man on a leash” ….and this is a story about one of those “good city dogs”…..Howdy, Hola & Guten Tag…..if you didn’t notice….I speak three languages sufficiently….German, thanks Dad Hans….Spanish, thanks Mom, Angela….and Texan, thanks Bone Daddy….who is the original Sportsphile and my life…

Music – 1985 – The Showband Of The Southwest – Thanksgiving Day Texas Vs Texas A&M Game Halftime

Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, has often said regarding the vast subject of sports rivalries…..that there was none quite like the annual “Thanksgiving Day Battle” in the 96 Year War (1915 – 2011)….which  took place on banks of the Brazos River and the Guadalupe River every Thanksgiving day in Central Texas….when the football squads of…

Music – 1985 – US Air Force Academy Drum + Bugle Corp – Halftime At The Bluebonnet Bowl

Military band instruments such as fife, drum, and bugle were historically used to communicate orders to soldiers in battle.…as the use of drums and gongs has been documented as far back as 2,500 years ago, in The Art of War by Sun Tzu.  Instruments during the 18th century included fifes, drums, the oboe (hautbois), French horn, clarinet and bassoon.…

Music – 1985 – Texas Sesquicentennial Anniversary Marching Band Performs Halftime Of Bluebonnet Bowl

Texas today celebrated the 150th anniversary of the 18-minute battle that secured its independence from Mexico….with music, fireworks, speeches and a hearty dose of Texas chauvinism. The festivities, held at the site of the 570-foot-tall San Jacinto Monument, commemorated the victory of the Texas army under Gen. Sam Houston over the Mexican army of Gen. Antonio…

Music – 1984 – The Showband Of The Southwest – It Dont Mean A Thing + Stars And Stripes Forever

As seen in this video herewith…..the University of Texas Longhorn Band performs at halftime of a 1984 SWC home football game between the Texas Longhorns and the SMU Mustangs on October 27,1984….as the Showband of the Southwest performs some wonderful marching maneuvers and complicated geometrical configurations…..while playing a delightful rendition of Duke Ellington’s famous song It Don’t Mean…

Music – 1983 – The Showband Of The Southwest – University Of Texas Marching Band – Halftime Show

Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, has attended upwards of 50 University of Texas Longhorn football games in his career as a Sportsphile…..and at each and every one of those home games, The Showband of the Southwest….the University of Texas marching band….some 350 strong…..take the field before, at halftime and after every home game…..and no matter what…

Music – 1985 – Halftme Show – NCAAF Texas Vs OU – The Show Band Of The Southwest – UT Marching Band

Bone Daddy, the original Sportsphile, speaks often about how much he enjoyed watching the halftime shows of The Showband of the Southwest…..known as the Texas Longhorn Marching Band….while attending the University of Texas from 1965 to 1970…..as this video seen herewith….goes a long way to explain why he enjoyed getting to the UT home games early…

Music – 1982 – Cotton Bowl Halftime – University Of Texas Showband Of The Southwest – Texas Vs Bama

The University of Texas Longhorn Band….also known as the Showband of the Southwest….is the  marching band of The University of Texas at Austin….which was founded in 1900 by distinguished professor of chemistry, Dr. Eugene P. Schoch. The band is currently under the direction of Dr. Scott Hanna. The band performs at all in-state football games….for various Texas Longhorn Athletics teams…. and at special pep…

Music – 1978 – University Of Texas Band – Star Spangled Banner – N I T Semifinals – Texas Vs Rutgers

In 1955, Vincent R. DiNino was hired as the director of the Longhorn Band…..and he is credited with shaping the band into the organization it is today….as DiNino’s time as director saw the introduction of many traditions and characteristics of the band….such as the western-style uniforms…the Big Flags Brigade….the Longhorn Alumni Band….and the cowbells.  DiNino…