This comes after several members are reportedly refusing to play the school’s alma mater song ‘The Eyes of Texas.’ The game would’ve been the first time the Longhorn Band performed live at a UT football game this season. Football UT dean to Longhorn Band leaders: When band returns, ‘It will be expected to perform The Eyes of Texas’ Band not expected to play against … The University of Texas Longhorn band will not be performing at Saturday’s football game against Baylor. Ehlinger was one of few players who remained on the field while the song played, following the Texas-OU game in early October. "I am a historian of slavery and race. Opinion:Longhorns leaders shouldn't wait any longer to drop 'The Eyes of Texas'. Several other players on the team walked out. "If it’s something that causes pain or any kind of negative emotions for people, I don’t want that. "This form of entertainment is usually when white men would put Black face on. Longhorns leaders shouldn't wait any longer to drop 'The Eyes of Texas', Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorn Band will not play "The Eyes of Texas" at Saturday's football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University after a survey of members revealed several students are unwilling to play the traditional alma mater song, according to The Daily Texan. The Texas Longhorns band performs at McLane Stadium in Waco on November 23, 2019. Harold Preston to private burial services. ", This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. But I would understand," Green said. AUSTIN, Texas -- The Longhorn Band will not play "The Eyes of Texas" at Saturday's football game between the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University after a … Is there a piece of me that would be sad? UT’s quarterback senior Sam Ehlinger, said growing up, the Eyes of Texas meant something different to him and his family. UT’s student newspaper The Daily Texan reported an obtained e-mail sent from the band's director Scott Hanna, saying that the band did not have the "necessary instrumentation" and will not be playing at Saturday’s game as a result. That’s not something that I want to be a part of and the university that I graduated from to be a part of," Greene continued. "At its July 2020 meeting, The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously supported The University of Texas at Austin President Jay Hartzell’s announcement that The Eyes of Texas will remain the school song. Garrett Greene, a 2013 alumni of the Longhorn band and diehard UT fan, says he respects the decision of band members and players who want to boycott what they deem as offensive. And so the song was first presented that way," said Jim Sidbury, a former history professor at UT. "I shared that experience with my family. “The Eyes of Texas has been UT Austin’s official school song for almost 120 years,” Eltife said in his statement. FOX 26's Natalie Hee has more as the University of Texas Longhorn Bad will not perform 'The Eyes of Texas' this weekend during their game against Baylor. Sidbury said he understands how deeply rooted the song is to burnt orange culture, but adds that most Longhorns likely don’t realize it’s origins. HOUSTON — "The Eyes of Texas," a University of Texas song meant to inspire school pride, is facing renewed criticism after student-athletes requested it … Unrest erupts over police killing of Black man near Portland, 2 officers 'ambushed' in New Orleans by shooter on pedicab: Police, Biden, Obama make a final appeal to Michigan's Black voters, Hundreds ride in President Trump parade on Memorial Drive, SEE ALSO: UT says it will keep "Eyes of Texas" as school song, but will rename buildings as students call for change, SEE ALSO: UT-Austin football players demand school song changed due to racist origin. The regents also support Hartzell’s announced plan to engage in ongoing dialogue within the university community about the song’s origin and meaning. The Eyes of Texas, UT’s official song, is deeply ingrained in the school's culture. It is a longstanding symbol of The University’s academic and athletic achievements in its pursuit of excellence.”. So far, the band has not been playing because of COVID-19. Without the band present, UT officials are likely to keep playing recorded fight songs and “The Eyes” from the stadium speakers. In ABC13 exclusive, Kamala Harris talks chances of flipping Texas, More than 9 million Texans have cast ballots so far, Houston appeals court won't let Ken Paxton criminal trial move, Social workers can't discriminate against LGBTQ clients, Fallen HPD sergeant to be laid to rest in north Texas, Actor Sean Connery, 1st James Bond, dies at 90, Here's a recap of the news for Saturday, Oct. 31, US citizen kidnapped in West Africa rescued in military operation, Houston brewery rolls out 'I Voted Today' beer, Halloween forecast - no tricks, all treats. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. "If UT came down and said look, we’re getting rid of it. Email bdavis@statesman.com. It has been performed at most official events—celebratory or solemn—and sung by proud alumni and students for generations as a common bond of the UT family. Band director Scott Hanna told band members the group did not have the “necessary instrumentation, so we will not participate in Saturday’s game.” Too many band members now feel uncomfortable playing a song that dates back to the early 1900s and was first performed at a minstrel show. Each member of the UT System Board of Regents is appointed by the Texas state governor. The University of Texas Longhorn band will not be performing at Saturday’s football game against Baylor. Two concurrent petitions with opposing views are now garnering thousands of signatures online from Longhorns on both sides. ... [Lee’s] utterance, and say to you, ‘Forward, young men and women of the University, the eyes of Texas … Greg Abbott is a Longhorn fan. The Regents also supported President Hartzell’s plans to engage in ongoing dialogue with the university community about the song’s origin and meaning, while implementing additional university-wide initiatives to strengthen UT Austin’s commitment to provide a welcoming and diverse campus.The Eyes of Texas has been UT Austin’s official school song for almost 120 years. The group is expected to have its work completed by January. “To be clear, the UT System Board of Regents stands unequivocally and unanimously in support of President Hartzell’s announcement that The Eyes of Texas is, and will remain, the official school song,” Eltife said in a statement. I worked at UT for 20 years. The University of Texas System Board of Regents took a proactive step Thursday to shield new University of Texas president Jay Hartzell from “The Eyes of Texas” hailstorm and left no doubt it will remain the Longhorns’ school song. View the petition: Boycott the 'Eyes of Texas', View the petition: #StandWithSam & The Eyes of Texas UT System Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Eltife issued a statement on Thursday. I shared that experience with my (late) dad, and never once singing that song has anything negative ever crossed my mind. They would take on these very exaggerated caricatured, racist personas as imagined African Americans and sing songs and tell jokes-- that’s what minstrel shows would be. Controversy over “The Eyes” moved to another level Wednesday when it was discovered the Longhorn Band will not play during Saturday’s game against Baylor. It was always about paying respect to the university and the incredible tradition that the University of Texas has," said Ehlinger. The traditional tune is now at the center of controversy among Longhorns past and present, for its ties to Confederate General Robert E. Lee and minstrel shows. We’re not going to use it anymore. Longhorns chairman reiterated the board’s approval of “The Eyes of Texas” to remain the school song even though some band members refuse to … It’s well known that Gov. I did not know of that association, until 10 years ago," Sidbury said. This comes after several members are reportedly refusing to play the school’s alma mater song ‘The Eyes of Texas.’   The game would’ve been the first time the Longhorn Band performed live at a UT football game this season. Collectively, the regents are the highest-ranking authoritative body within the statewide university system. Regents chairman Kevin Eltife reiterated the board’s approval of Hartzell’s announcement that “The Eyes” will remain the university song even though some band members are now refusing to play it. It is a longstanding symbol of The University’s academic and athletic achievements in its pursuit of excellence.To be clear, the UT System Board of Regents stands unequivocally and unanimously in support of President Hartzell’s announcement that The Eyes of Texas is, and will remain, the official school song. Hartzell has asked a campus committee to prepare study about the song’s origins. 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Beware of these road closures this Halloween weekend! “It has been performed at most official events — celebratory or solemn — and sung by proud alumni and students for generations as a common bond of the UT family.