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The MSU Golden Thunder and Javelina Marching Bands take turns playing the halftime show, Nov. 11.

Opinion: bad manners or a misunderstanding

Sabrina Harrison November 17, 2023

The MSU Golden Thunder and Javelina Marching Bands celebrate Veterans Day, Nov. 11. (Cecil Witherspoon) I don’t believe that the Kingsville band had malicious intent when they played over MSU’s...

Being involved on campus gives students memories, skills

Sky Barron, Reporter May 2, 2019

 Whether it is joining an organization on campus, pledging for Greek life, or trying out for a position in the band, student involvement is what helps the students gain skill sets for future careers and...

Award-winning performers celebrated at honor recital

Mia Heck, Reporter May 2, 2018

To celebrate award-winning performers, the Didzun Honors Recital was hosted in Akin Auditorium on May 1. “This is just a little representation of the success they’ve been having and I couldn’t...

Low-brass ensemble performs at first Octubafest

Brittany Hill, Reporter November 1, 2017

The Department of Music introduced the first Octubafest performed by the Low Brass Ensemble to an audience of 50 people in Akin Auditorium Oct. 30. Christopher Vivio, ensemble conductor, said, "This...

Maura Gibson, early education freshman, preforms during the halftime show during the opening game of the 2017 season at Memorial Satdium Aug. 31. Photo by Harlie David

Golden Thunder band displays new uniforms

Craig Tidmore September 19, 2017

A warm, September Saturday night sets the tone as the Golden Thunder band marched onto the field. As they moved into position, it's easy to notice there is something different about the band this year....

Gordon Hicken, assistant professor of music and associate director of bands, presents a performance of a new piece for saxophone and percussion at the Celebration of Scholarship Faculty and Graduate Student Poster and Podium Presentations on April 26. Photo by Timothy Jones

Wind ensemble performance, Fascinating Ribbons, wraps up Celebration of Scholarship

Robin Reid May 3, 2017

The Department of Music University Wind Ensemble performed four pieces, closing out the Celebration of Scholarship, Thursday April 27. The 36-member band filled the stage in Akin Auditorium. The band members...

Brandon Spencer. Photo by Caleb Sneath

Not all drums make a bang

Caleb Sneath November 7, 2016

The audience of nearly 100 in Akin Auditorium Nov. 3 sat in an almost reverent silence as the percussionist balanced the flowerpot atop the drum.“It was certainly unconventional. I've seen a lot of concerts,...

Rianne Busby, history junior, performs with the colorguard and marching band at the half-time show at Memorial Stadium, Sept. 26. I loved that the show was a little different, it was alot more family-oriented and engaging with the crowd than our normal show would have been, Busby said. Photo by Rachel Johnson

Staff editorial: It takes a village

The Wichitan October 28, 2015

In today's world, it's the heroes who make the headlines. The athletes, the leaders, the trailblazers. It's easy to let one person take the spotlight for a team's success, a new invention, or a world-changing...

The Golden Thunder Band does a special tribute to the band Queen as their second performance in their first halftime show of the season at Memorial Stadium, Sept. 5. Photo by Rachel Johnson

$111K donation to fund band uniforms

Emma Labedis September 12, 2015

The band will be receiving new uniforms next spring, through a $111,000 donation from the James N McCoy Foundation."The McCoy Foundation was very generous and donated money going toward the purchase...

Involvement could mean difference between employment, unemployment

Courtney Gilder February 21, 2015

Involvement is something that has been preached to us since we came to Spirit Days or Mustangs Rally. Every time somebody new got on stage, it was about finding our niche on campus. Find something that...

The Fantasy of Lights in front of the Hardin Building on Tuesday night. Fantasy of LIghts is open November 24 through December 28 on Sunday through Thursday from dusk until 10 pm, and Friday through Saturday from dusk until 11 pm. Photo by Rachel Johnson

40 years of holiday cheer kicks off with three concerts

Courtney Gilder December 2, 2014

Setting up Fantasy of Lights from MWSU Campus Watch on Vimeo. Toys from the Toy Story movies came to life and danced to the series' classic “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as hundreds of onlookers...

Richie Bates, Nathan Jun, Brinton Coxe and Adam Lynskey. Photo by Lauren Roberts

Extraordinary coincidence leads two professors to form band

Ethan Metcalf November 13, 2014

Nathan Jun, associate philosophy professor and coordinator of the department, wanted to start a band. "I came to this conclusion some time toward the end of last year that I wanted to play music...

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