Metairie native Jessica Borne is smitten with Louisiana Tech’s Band of Satisfaction.
She performed trumpet and was the chief of the band, each as a highschool scholar whereas finishing her BS in Accounting (2016) and as a graduate scholar in 2017 whereas incomes her Masters in Accounting.
However for Borne, a self-confessed “music child,” the band’s beat did not cease there.
It will not. As a result of now that Tech is forming the Louisiana Tech Alumni Band, she will nonetheless be a music child rising up.
Bringing again an alumni band is a pure extension of what the Band of Satisfaction shares with different members of the Tech household: a ardour for Tech’s traditions. Even after commencement, Borne and Tech-trained musicians like her have continued to play a significant function within the Tech scholar expertise, returning to campus for Summer time Orientations to show new Bulldogs outdated methods.
These traditions are rising stronger and the Band of Satisfaction much more vital within the tech scholar expertise now that the Tech Band is including a verse.
“The Louisiana Tech Alumni Band will enable us to get the band again collectively and play for our alma mater just like the outdated days,” Borne stated. “We will decide up precisely the place we left off with outdated buddies and meet new ones on the identical time. Whether or not you graduated two, ten or 20 years in the past, we wish you to make music with us.”
Whereas Tech has had alumni bands earlier than, the brand new group is aiming to be 75 members robust at this yr’s Homecoming sport on Oct. 22.
Now, a devoted effort to create a full-fledged alumni band group will work to extend alternatives to play on and off campus, and function a reminder of Tech’s continued presence within the lives of its alumni.
The Band of Satisfaction has a protracted, loyal legacy of 116 years of bowl video games, downtown pep rallies, Time Out for Techs, Mardi Gras parades and different educational and sporting occasions. They set the stage for every sport day by enjoying at native eating places the night time earlier than house video games, and naturally there’s the very vocal and visual Hoop Troop, which Borne was part of as a tech scholar.
“My fondest reminiscence with the Hoop Troop was my sophomore yr,” she stated. “We have been in El Paso at a basketball match; When the groups misplaced, their followers stayed to cheer us on and made indicators for the band and our basketball group. It was a fantastic environment.”
Borne served below the path of just lately retired Jim Robken, who led Tech’s band for 30 years. Now Borne is supporting Tech’s new Director of Bands, Dr. Chris Heidenreich, engaged on constructing the brand new alumni band.
Band of Satisfaction alumni involved in becoming a member of the Tech Alumni Band group can contact Borne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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