For almost 120 years, Texas A&M's famed marching band has thrilled audiences on campus and around the country.
Texas A&M's alma mater hymn was written in 1925 by Marvin Mimms, class of 1926. The music is by band director Richard J. Dunn. The duo wanted to compose something that was different from the Aggie War Hymn that was more appropriate for somber ceremonies, like Muster. The song was first performed at the first Midnight Yell of the 1925 season.
Texas A&M junior Alex Jones' life embodied teamwork, so it wasn't surprising to friends and colleagues that the highest ranking junior in the Aggie Band often repeated and tried to live by words learned from a mentor: "In this world, there's too much 'me' and not enough 'we.' "
Incoming Texas Aggie Band commander Alex Jones died in a fiery crash over the weekend near Bryan, according to authorities who identified the 20-year-old Monday as the driver who crossed into oncoming traffic, striking an 18-wheeler.
Timothy Rhea has been the director of bands and performing ensembles at Texas A&M since 2002. The bands are open to all students, while participation in the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band requires membership in the Corps of Cadets.