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Being the Spirit of Houston: The University of Houston Marching Band

By La’Nora Jefferson The University of Houston marching band was founded in 1946. Any student could participate as long as they auditioned. Even in its early years, the marching band supported the Cougars at all football and basketball games, traveling to several away games. The band led the Frontier Fiesta parade and the first football […]

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Houston’s Graffiti Culture

Graffiti. This disruptive, colorful, and self-boasting style of popular art has permeated walls for centuries, including in Houston. Modern graffiti has been around since the 1960s when gangs or “crews” created social order with preservation of writing and began spray painting names and messages on walls, as expressions of protest, violence, or leisure. Undoubtedly graffiti […]

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Volume 11, Number 1

Listen to the Music Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2013) Download PDF       Letter from the Editor, Joe Pratt 2 Desde Conjunto to Chingo Bling: Mexican American Music and Musicians in Houston By Natalie Garza  7 Rockin’ and Boppin’: Houston’s Record Shops and Radio, 1940s to 1960s By Debbie Z. Harwell 12 Keeping Cajun […]

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Letter from the Editor: Classical Music in Houston

The Houston region has a long musical tradition with diverse styles ranging from country to zydeco to blues to rock and roll to gospel–and everything in between. Our current issue captures many parts of this musical heritage, with the important exception of classical music. Indeed, it barely mentions Hank Williams and has nothing to say […]

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