Just the FAQs, ma'am.
The MOB is the Marching Owl Band, but there's no marching?
Contrary to our name, we stopped marching decades ago. We're a
(or "scramble" band, in the east). Unlike our rank-and-file
band brethren, we scatter – individually running, skipping,
meandering from place to place. Essentially, we travel from point A to point B
in any feasible way... except marching.
Why, you ask? The beauty of being one of a dozen scatter bands in the
country lies in the variety of our shows. Instead of focusing on
intricate foot drill, we perform non-sequitur comedies, lampoon current
events, and spoof literary classics. In short, we're equal opportunity
satirists. (It is said that sacred cows make divine hamburgers!)
Come to a rehearsal or a show meeting and check us out! But whatever you
do, don't say the M– word.
What kind of music do you play?
Rock and Roll is our mainstay, but we'll play just about any tune
that sounds good if it's popular or topical for a performance.
We have charts from AC/DC, Kansas, Dave Matthews, Smash Mouth, Pink,
The Beatles, Floyd, and many, many more.
- Much of our music was arranged specifically for The MOB!
Our library is constantly expanding, and we're always open to suggestions
for new additions.
What if I don't play an instrument?
Join our Show Assistants™! The SAs help write the shows,
build the props, and act on-field. They are the actors, artists, and stage
technicians that add a whole other dimension to MOB performances.
Help us produce shows on Rice's largest stage – Rice Stadium.
If you have no theatre experience at all, don't be shy! It's easy; we'll show you.
What about strings, keyboards, guitars, and other instruments?
- Bring it!
We're proud to be the only college band with an official, established
string section. We field violins, violas... even a cello!
Keyboard synthesizers, electric guitars, and other amplified instruments use
our wheeled field rig — complete with keyboard stands, audio mixer,
high-capacity battery, and the amp.
Some MOBsters have gone so far as to play a harp or their own custom-made devices.
- Bagpipes need not apply.
Are there any fees?
- We appreciate your time and effort.
- The Cashier has nickel and dimed you with enough fees already.
So, how do I join?
We'll have MOBsters at each residential college during lunch. Stop by
and say hello; they'll be happy to sign you up and answer any other
If you missed us during O-Week, stop by the band hall during office
hours or show up to a rehearsal. Contact
us with any questions at any time.
Where's this band hall of yours?
- Like the Isla de Muerta, it can only be found by those who know where it is.
- Luckily, we've got a map to help you.
When are rehearsals? How much time do they take?
New-Member Rehearsal on Monday, August 20 at 4:00p in the band hall.
This rehearsal is a chance to meet other new members and get a head start in learning
our awesome tunes.
Our normal rehearsal schedule consists of:
at least one music rehearsal –
4:15-5:30p on Tuesdays, or 7:00-8:15p on Wednesdays
Thursday rehearsal from 7:00-8:30p, at Rice Stadium on
game weeks or in the band hall on off weeks
Full show run-through (game day Saturdays only), 9:00-10:30a
In a nutshell, that's two rehearsals in a regular week (2.5 hours) and three
rehearsals (4 hours) on game weeks. Of course, you can attend extra
rehearsals/sectionals if you choose, and there are incentives for doing so.
We feel it's important to come to rehearsals to learn the music, play as a group,
and work on our show formations; however, we understand that sometimes you might
not have the time to attend everything. That's okay! We know
how crazy-hard Rice can be (especially Organic Chemistry) and that your schoolwork
comes first. So, study when necessary and come back and play with us
I don't have my own instrument. Can I borrow one?
- We have a nice selection of school-owned instruments.
Instruments are issued on a first-come, first-served basis,
subject to availability.
Borrowed instruments must be returned immediately if you decide to
stop participating in Rice Band events; otherwise, all instruments
are due at the end of the semester and/or academic year.
Who writes the shows, and how?
In short, you! We don't require membership in a super
elite cadre of script writers; anyone is encouraged to come and help.
- Regular show meetings are held Tuesday evenings after dinner.
- We also brainstorm and discuss ideas on a private e-mail list.
What happens after football season?
- The MOB morphs into the Basketball Owl Band – The BOB.
There are one to three basketball games each week, so we drop
the weekly rehearsals in hopes that you'll have time to join us
for a game or two.
- Our court-side seats at Autry really let us practice our heckling.
The temperature begins to rise after a short cool season, and nature
bursts forth in new life. Astute eyes will notice a sudden upswing in
campus squirrel activity.
Do you take any trips?
During football season we try to travel to at least one away game
each year. Past destinations have included Austin, Dallas, Michigan,
Colorado Springs, and New Orleans, among others.
The basketball band also travels to men's and women's tournaments
at various conference sites around the nation.
Best of all, these trips are free! The band will pay
for your room and transportation. Often, a meal per diem is included
What about band scholarships?
- Unfortunately, Rice does not offer an official band scholarship.
There is a small monetary prize for excellent attendance at MOB events,
something we call the "double-plus-good" award.
to learn more about scholarships and financial assistance available from the
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