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Pride of Oklahoma treats Duncan fans to a show

Duncan_Oklahoma University (OU) fans in Duncan got a special treat on Friday morning as the music of Boomer Sooner was  heard echoing through Halliburton Stadium.  The pride of OU Marching Band made a pit-stop to show off their skills, performing for a couple of hours to build up interest to possible future members. 

There weren't any touchdowns scored on Friday, but there was a whole lot of action as the Pride of Oklahoma stopped in Duncan on its way to the weekend's big game in Texas.  Former Pride members and family were eager to talk about what makes the team of musicians so special.  Duncan Assistant Band Director Jeremy Smith is a former member of the Pride and says that being a member of a band like OU's takes commitment.  "If there's one person that's falling behind, the whole group falls behind, so it's kind of the pinnacle of a team sport," he said.

OU's Band Director Brian Britt says the band's non-stop schedule also is non-stop fun.  "We practice 2 hours [per day], three or four times a week," he said.  "When we don't have a home game it's a total of six.  If we do have a home game it's a total of eight."  All of their hard work pays off when the crowd catches that "Sooner Spirit."

Charles Alkire's daughter Kayla plays trumpet in the band, and he says he couldn't be more proud.  "I brag about it all the time to my friends and family - anybody that will listen to me," he said.  Joel Wilkinson played with the band in 1947, and says he thinks this year's may be a better group.  "Well I'd say this group was much better arranged than we were," he said.  Other fans came out to get pumped up about the game.  "We came to watch the band march and get excited about the O-U Texas game," said another fan.

So, how will the band look in the future?  "You never really stay the same.  You're either gonna get better, or worse," said fan Grady Evans.  "Thanks to their commitment, I think we're continuing to get better each year."  Duncan's band director says plans for OU's visit to the town were hatched last summer.  Both Duncan Schools and the Pride, hoped to get kids involved in band, and to recruit some future members after Friday's stop.

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