ARLINGTON - What does a university marching band do without a football team?
March on, of course.
The University of Texas at Arlington Marching Band will do just that at halftime of the Dallas Cowboys-San Francisco 49ers pre-season game Saturday, Aug. 29. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., with halftime at about 8:30 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
UT Arlington's band has performed without an intercollegiate football program since 1985, but has continued as a program for music students and as an ambassador for the University.
Matthew Luttrell, the band's director and assistant professor of music, has worked with Big 10 school bands and said he likes freedom of not being attached to a sports program.
"That was one of the things that enticed me about the job," he said. "I know the time committed to a football schedule. We have the flexibility to perform what we want to perform, in venues where people want to see us."
The 157-member band will inject some "jazz-rock opera-Afro-Cuban-bosa nova" flair into "The Toreador Song" from the opera "Carmen," Luttrell said. A funk version of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," the opening music to the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey," follows, along with "What is Hip" by Tower of Power. The band marches off the field playing the UT Arlington fight song.
The band has corps-style performance incorporating asymmetrical drills, he said.
October is the band's busiest month, with performances at a marching band competition Oct. 3 in Midlothian, the Bands of America regional competition Oct. 10, Region III UIL competition Oct. 21 and the Bands of America Super Regional Oct. 24 in San Antonio. The band hosts the Dean Corey Band Night Oct. 6 for UT Arlington and Arlington school district bands.
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