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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 22, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24837.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24837

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Title Houstonian 1987
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Transcript The Band In Action Friend To Some, Dreaded By Others sure the band's effect on a game. But he does know the value of a deafening crowd, having played and coached at the SWCs only legitimate bastion of fan support, Arkansas. "College basketball is one of the few sports that the fans actually can affect the game," Foster says. "When I was at Arkansas, Houston was at the forefront of this kind of thing with the band. They took it beyond the entertainment aspect." While the UH band's external fortune and exposure rose with the UH basketball team's As legend has it, there once was a Southwest Conference basketball player who nearly had to be slapped to attention when the time came for him to join his teammates on the court. Enamored by a certain Cougar Doll, the player — obviously not one of his team's stars — slipped off the bench and into the game, thoroughly embarrassed. No one really knows what effect the basketball band and drill teams' jeers, sneers and comical signs have on opposing players or coaches. Discussions of zone defenses, free throws and fouls leave little time in pregame meetings for worrying about dancing women or weirdos with rubber noses. But Guy Lewis once said that on a decent night the Cougar Brass and Dolls were good for a few points to his team. (In a case such as the one above, the Dolls might have even greater value: If you can't get a player into the game, he surely wouldn't score.) Lewis' successor, Pat Foster, believes it is impossible to mea- ascent to three straight Final Fours in the early 1980s, former band director Gregory Tal- ford's regime was abruptly toppled by the university in 1984. In the years before and after Talford's departure, times were tough for the band and drill team. Nearly three years later, the band seems again on the move, under the direction of Robert Mayes, part of a husband-wife team in the music department. Diane Mayes supervises the 24- member Cougar Dolls. In 1984, Mayes took over a band with dwindling numbers and a seemingly dim future — especially when compared to its colorful past. The band, deeply divided over Talford's policies, had only 43 members. Twent) or so others could be countec on to march. "The first goal was to turr around the attitude of the fans athletes and university towarc the band," Mayes says. "Sec ond, we had to increase mem bership." Last fall, the marching band counted among its loyal mem bers 180 UH students. An am bitious recruiting program con tinues. Even more members ar ? expected next year, veteran members say. An upcoming trip to France for an international exhibition is proof of better times, Mayes says. When the band and dri'l team take to the floor of Hofheinz Pavillion, you might witness or hear any number of at - tempts to shake opponent.'. You might even see one that works. Three years ago, in a game against University of the Pacific, band members continued to heckle a Pacific player until he flipped Mayes off. "We tell the band to be creative," Mayes says. "Many of them are knowledgable about the game. We just ask that they keep class in what they say." Ironically, it was Mayes who 210