What is Goin' Band?
Established in 1925, the Goin’ Band from Raiderland is the oldest student organization on campus. Proud to uphold the traditions of Texas Tech University, the Goin’ Band is committed to performing exciting field shows that connect with all generations, as well as providing music to promote school spirit and enhance the game day experience! Representing nearly every major available at the university, the 400+ members of the Goin’ Band from Raiderland seek to entertain and inspire.
A Band of Firsts
From 1925, the Tech Band has been responsible for several “firsts” over the years:
First college band to travel to an away game and have its half-time broadcast on radio
First chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi in Texas
Founding chapter of Tau Beta Sigma (Tech Band Sorority)
First band to fundamentalize stereo concepts in drill design
First band to perform a halftime show in the Big XII Conference
First college band in Texas to perform “March Grandioso”
Fight Raiders Fight
The official fight song of Texas Tech; it was arranged in 1937 in a fifteen minute session by two charter members of the Texas Tech chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi who were sent outside the meeting to “come up” with a fight song. As luck would have it they were studying “Three Days, Fantasia-Overture” by Adolph Lotter in class that day. They took the basic melodic line, put words to it, and presented it to the members. They then transcribed it for marching band. After two re-arrangements, one in the 1940’s and again in the 1970’s, it is still the same basic song that was presented then.
Foot and a Half
This term was coined by Dean Killion (Goin’ Band Director – 1959-1981) and is still used today to signify the bandmember’s membership and position in the band. You own a foot and a half of prime real estate on the field as a member of the Goin’ Band.