by Joel Hardi
The phrase "MOB Reborn" well describes this high-profile
year for the Marching Owl Band. It is also the title of the MOB's first-ever
CD, which will be released on March 17.
The album was recorded toward the end of football season, on Campanile Road in
front of the MOB band hall. Band member and Will Rice College freshman Brian
Becker explained why the recording had to be done outside. "Basically, the band
hall is too small and there is so much echo that it would be all drums," he
Recording in the middle of the street posed some problems. "The campos tried to
kick us out a couple of times," MOBster and Hanszen College freshman Mike
Holman recalled. "People kept wanting to drive through." But after multiple
takes the album was recorded to the satisfaction of both Band Director Ken Dye
and the MOB. "It was a pretty good performance," Becker said.
features 25 MOB standards like "Louie, Louie" and the Rice
fight song as well as new arrangements by Dye of "YMCA" and the theme from
"Shaft." The MOB has previously recorded seven albums on LP or cassette.
One thousand copies of
have been pressed, band member and WRC
senior Adam Hunter said. They will be available for $10 in the band hall office
underneath Central Kitchen, and the band also anticipates selling them in the
Rice Campus Store.
"I'm sure we'll sell them all," Hunter predicted. "We've had great publicity
this year. Most years we bemoan the fact that we don't get much publicity, but
this year we've been in the
several times, the [
e, the Dallas paper and in the Utah paper when we went there."
Jones College junior Bryce Allen, who is not in the MOB, has no plans to
purchase the album. "I've got to wonder whom the CD is aimed at. If I were
going to drop down 10 bucks on a CD, it wouldn't be the MOB's. ... It's a
worthy project but I'm not sure among the current student body what kind of
reception it will get." He suggested alumni might be more likely to buy it, a
statement with which Hunter agreed.
"You would be amazed when we have alumni day or band day, with the people who
come out of the woodwork," he said.
This item appeared in the News section of the February 28, 1997 issue.