UT Austin president says controversial school song will continue

KVUE – According to a message to band members received from the University of Texas student publication The Daily Texan, the Longhorn Band will reportedly not be participating in the Baylor soccer game.

The message sent to band members reportedly stated that an internal poll asked if members would play “The Eyes of Texas” found a lack of “necessary instruments”.

“Based on (survey responses) we don’t have the necessary instrumentation so we won’t be attending Saturday’s game,” Longhorn Band director Scott Hanna said in the message, according to the report.

KVUE reached out to UT for comment and received:

“We continue to work with students from the Longhorn Band to uphold the University of Texas musical traditions, including ‘The Eyes of Texas’.”

Doug Dempster, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, said on October 6, “A number of well-informed beliefs on this matter must be respectfully viewed as conscientious and honorable. Given the longstanding traditions and mission of a university spirit band, this difference of opinion must be resolved before the Longhorn Band can return to public performance. “

For a look at Dempster’s full statement, see the University’s Key Topics page.

On the night of Wednesday, October 21, UT President Jay Hartzell released the following statement that the song will be played independently of the game:

“The Eyes of Texas will be played this weekend like this season – and it will be played at future games and events. While we’d love it if the band were with our fans at all of our games, we never planned to . ” We knew this summer that if we made our campus a more welcoming place, we would have lots of tough conversations. I remain very optimistic that we will find ways to unite around our song so positively for so many Longhorns over the past 120 years. “

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