Watch Oklahoma Sooners Football Games Online

Watch the University of Oklahoma football games online and be entertained by the “Pride of Oklahoma.” This is the name for the Sooner’s student marching band that was formed in 1901 as a “pep” band to perform at football games. Pep bands originally did little, if any, marching and played from seating in the stands performing music to energize the fans. Thus, the name “pep.” These early bands were typically populated by Norman residents and disbanded at the end of football season.

In 1904, a Sooner freshman, Lloyd Curtis founded the first continuous school band. The band expanded beyond just playing at football games and also took to playing at non-athletic events as well. Parades were a popular venue that eventually led to the concept for school’s fielding “marching” bands. The Pride made history having marched in a parade celebrating the inauguration of the first governor of the State of Oklahoma in 1907, Charles N. Haskell.

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It wasn’t until 1929 that the school hired its first full-time band director, William R. Wehrend, He is credited with discovering a number of methods for promoting the band including hosting an annual high school band day. He organized a publicity stunt in 1934 promoting the world’s longest drum roll. It lasted for 10 hours setting a new record – then. And, unlike many other bands throughout the nation, Wehrend admitted women into full band membership in 1934.

The band also grew as the football program became more successful during the 1950s. The band produced half-time shows focusing on popular songs and music themes that were current. The choreographed routines were recognized well enough to gain national television exposure during game broadcasts.

The Pride has made several trips beyond Oklahoma including representing the state marking its 100th birthday with an appearance in the 2007 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.


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