Golden Wave Band to Salute Waco at Baylor-UNLV Game

Sept. 9, 1999

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University's Golden Wave Band will perform a "Salute to Waco," including some of Texas' most beloved music, during halftime of the Baylor vs. UNLV football game Saturday, Sept. 11, at Floyd Casey Stadium.

"This show was created as a tribute to Waco as it celebrates its 150th anniversary," said Jeffrey Grogan, director of the 280-member Golden Wave Band.

The show will include "The Daughters of Texas March" by John Philip Sousa, "Saints Fight," "Proud Mary," a "Tex-mix" medley of such favorites as "Deep in the Heart of Texas," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "Carry Me Back to Ole Texas" and "San Antonio Rose," and "Old Man River" as an homage to the Brazos River. Grogan says the band also will introduce "Baylor Line Fight," an upbeat arrangement of the Baylor classic by Gene C. Smith, director of the Golden Wave Band from 1969 to 1972.

"I was digging through the library and found this arrangement," Grogan said. "I noticed it was faster and written with a lot of pep and zip. We'll be playing a portion of it and everyone should be able to sing and follow right along."

The show will be narrated by Dr. Jerry W. Johnson, professor and chairman of the marketing department, who begins his 25th year as the band's announcer.

About 100 members of the Golden Wave Alumni Band, conducted this year by honorary directors Grant and Donell Teaff, will join the band at halftime. Upcoming shows include a salute to American armed forces at the Baylor vs. University of North Texas game on Oct. 2.

Other events at halftime include the dedication of the new press box, skyboxes and the Dave Campbell Media Center, and the presentation of a resolution of appreciation and commitment from Baylor University to the city of Waco.

For more information, contact Grogan at (254) 710-1122 or Johnson at (254) 710-4864.

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