Written by Kate Howk
Anyone who’s familiar with Longhorn Singers knows that we take the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry about as seriously as our end-of-semester shows. From the first day of rehearsal until mid–October, we focus solely on perfecting our Texas music. By the time that OU Weekend rolls around, we can all perform “March Grandioso” in our sleep, among other difficult pieces. In addition to school songs, we sing music that’s historically significant to our state. Though it is arguably the most exhausting weekend of my year, traveling to Dallas for the game is a tradition that we have partaken in for two decades.
LHS at this year's annual Capps Family Texas-OU Bash
One of the reasons why we are able to perform year after year is Ken Capps, former president of Texas Exes and self-proclaimed biggest fan of the Longhorn Singers. When he first heard LHS perform in 1997, he invited us to sing for all Texas/OU activities for the weekend, and we’ve been grateful to him ever since. For 20 years now, Ken has hosted us at the Capps Annual Bevo Bash, with Bevo, Smokey the Cannon, and Texas Pom and Cheer there as well. It’s humbling, to say the least, that we are able to share the same space as these famous symbols of Longhorn pride. Each OU Weekend reminds me of how lucky I am to be in this group, because most of the other 50,000 students on campus will never be able to say they’ve lost in a push-up contest with Hook ‘Em.
We enjoyed mingling with the residents of the nursing homes where we performed!
OU Weekend is definitely the most rewarding experience for me as a Longhorn Singer because we are able to contribute to the Red River Rivalry in a tangible way. The division between UT and OU has existed since 1900, resulting in decades of rich tradition that I wasn’t aware our choir was involved with until I had auditioned for the group. Perhaps the only thing I look forward to more than the game itself is singing alongside whatever ensemble OU decides to send that year. It’s fun listening to them sing “Oklahoma” five times in a row, but we have an even better time watching their reactions when we sing our parody of the same song. People around Dallas have come to expect our yearly performances at the State Fair and the mall, and I love when we are cheered on by strangers who want to see UT win as much as we do. I can’t truly say I bled orange until after my first OU Weekend; representing the Longhorns during the most important week of the year instilled a school spirit in me that I couldn’t have attained any other way.
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