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Cougar Marching Band (Brigham Young University)



  • Existence: 1954-

Administrative History

The Cougar Marching Band (1954- ) is the marching band of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The first marching band at Brigham Young University was likely established around 1908 by Professor Robert Sauer, and was later administered by the Reserve Officer's Training Corps as the R.O.T.C. Band. In 1953, administration of the R.O.T.C. Band was transferred to the College of Fine Arts, and placed under the direction of Richard E. Ballou. The following year, in September 1954, the R.O.T.C. Band was replaced by the coed Cougar Marching Band. The band is also known as "The Power of the Wasatch" after the Wasatch mountain range which borders the university campus. The Cougar Marching Band is an ensemble group in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. The band performs both pre-game and halftime performances and consists of 225 performing members, including a Drumline Battery, Color Guard, and a Flag/Rifle Line. It is an audition-only group.

BYU Cougar Marching Band, via WWW, Nov. 1, 2018 (Cougar Marching Band; est. approximately 1908; marching band of BYU in Provo, UT; originally the ROTC marching band; now more closely associated with university athletics; 225 performing members; audition-only group)

BYU Bands, via WWW, Nov. 2, 2018 (performs pre-game and halftime performances; nicknamed "The Power of the Wasatch" after the Wasatch mountain range which borders university campus; includes a Drumline Battery, Color Guard, and a Flag/Rifle Line)

BYU School of Music, via WWW, Nov. 2, 2018 (The Cougar Marching Band is an ensemble group in the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Communications at BYU)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Feb. 15, 2019: BYU bands and ensembles (Cougar Marching Band; also known as the "Power of the Wasatch"; marching band first organized at BYU in 1908 by Robert Sauer; by 1943, the band managed as part of the school's ROTC; in 1953, band administration transferred to the College of Fine Arts, with Richard A. Ballou as director and Grant Elkington as drum major; directors have included Elkington, Bruce Bastian, Dan Bachelder, David Blackinton, and Don Peterson)

Banyan, 1954: p. 215 (R.O.T.C. Band; Dick Ballou, director)

Banyan, 1955: p. 74 (Marching Band; Richard Ballou, conductor; Val Crosley, majorette; Grant Elkington, drum major)

Brigham Young universe, Oct. 14, 1954: p. 4 (Cougar Marching Band; "only its second performance")

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Collection on Cougar Marching Band

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5736
Scope and Contents

Contain four scrapbooks about Brigham Young University Band, which includes newspaper clippings, photographs, and notes. Also includes six copies of Reflection, a yearbook of the band, and one copy of Cougars Illustrated magazine, and notes, meeting minutes, letters, and other information from the Cougar Band Alumni Association. Materials dated from 1956 to 1994.

Dates: 1956-1994

Cougar Marching Band uniform

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5759
Scope and Contents Contains a marching band uniform of the style used by the Cougar Marching Band of Brigham Young University from approximately 2007-2017, manufactured by Stanbury Uniforms, Inc. Includes a navy blue and white coat. The coat is collared and double-breasted with gold buttons on the front and on the sleeves. There is a white embroidered letter Y on the shoulder of each sleeve. A gold baldric is sewn to the right coat shoulder, wraps around the body, and attaches to itself with Velcro. Also...
Dates: approximately 2007

Oakley S. Evans photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3845
Scope and Contents Photograph album containing 286 photographs of Oakley Evans while he was attending Brigham Young University and participating in various student activities. Activities documented include football, tennis, basketball, Spring Festival, fall registration, pep rally, homecoming, boxing, skiing, dances, marching band, and swimming. There are also several photographs of buildings on campus, including the Maeser Memorial Building, the Heber J. Grant Library, and the Timpanogos Bowl. People...
Dates: 1931-1936

Photographs of Brigham Young University

 Collection — Oversize 1: [Barcode: 31197218624010]
Identifier: MSS 3799
Scope and Contents

Collection includes forty-two photographs of buildings on the campus of Brigham Young University, as well as a few photographs of its founders, Mormon leaders, and other scenes from around Provo, Utah. The range of years which the photographs cover clearly shows the development of the BYU campus over time. Some of the photos are of suggested campus development plans from the years 1948 and 1956. The collection also includes a campus map from 1961.

Dates: approximately 1896-1980

Program Bureau records on musical groups, 1972-1976

 Sub-Series — Carton 23: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197227660658]
Identifier: UA 1136 Series 2 Sub-Series 19
Scope and Contents

Includes photographs, correspondence, schedules, itineraries, financial records, contracts, and other materials of tours of smaller musical groups including the Cougar Band, Goodtime Company, Jazz Rock Ensemble, and the Sunshine Express, 1972-1976.

Dates: 1972-1976

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Collection 4
Archival Object 1
Education 4
Colleges and Universities 3
Photographs 3
Marching bands -- Utah -- Provo 2
Provo (Utah) -- Photographs 2