Peacocks Marching World Feature with LTC Jay Brewer of Texas A&M University
Formed in 1894, The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band is known nationally as the “Pulse of Aggieland.” Through the years, the band has grown to over 400 members. They are the largest military marching band in the nation and each week perform a new drill featuring traditional marching music. While at most large football stadiums, fans run to the concession stands the moment halftime begins, at Kyle Field the Aggie 12th Man not only stays, they stand for the entire performance to support the band, showing their appreciation for the difficult drill with a Whoop! (the Aggie sign of approval) and applause.
Texas A&M University is rich in traditions and the Corps of Cadets, of which the Aggie Band is an integral part of, is known as the Keepers of the Tradition. The band is there to support all traditions, from Midnight Yell practice, to the Corps of Cadets March In and Review, and other campus traditions. Even staff members on campus speak of how hearing the band’s rehearsal each morning starts their day with energy. Not only does the band perform for campus events, but they are a favorite at community parades and other functions, especially those honoring our nation’s military members and veterans.
The band functions as it does due to the strength of student leaders. There are three drum majors, each with their own leadership responsibilities, as well as a student band commander, company commanders and other leaders for each of the bands outfits. These students lead and teach others in traditions, music and drill, and life skills needed for navigating a large and academically strenuous campus. Those leaders are supported by staff members from the Corps of Cadets and by LTC Jay Brewer, who frequently has band members in his office for advice and support. It is the students that have kept him with the Aggie Band program, not only the students who are great leaders and successful from their freshmen year, but more importantly, the students who struggle and have to learn how to rise from mistakes and failures. Seeing those students grow and finally succeed, whether academically or personally, to Colonel Brewer is better than writing the best drill. Sending Aggies into the world with the Texas A&M values of Loyalty, Integrity, Excellence, Leadership, Selfless Service, and Respect is the best tradition of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.
For more information about the music programs at Texas A&M University, please visit our website, http//:musa.tamu.edu