WHO ARE THE SOONER SHOWMEN?
The Sooner Showmen are two Basketball Bands that perform at all home and tournament basketball games for the Men and Women’s teams. Home games take place at the Lloyd Noble Center, which seats 12,000 screaming Sooner fans! The Showmen perform before, during and after each game providing energy and spirit for players, fans and television viewers from all across the country!
WHAT INSTRUMENTS MAKE UP THE SOONER SHOWMEN?
The Sooner Showmen bands are similar to a jazz band with a few modifications. Each band typically contains varying numbers of, not to exceed 29 total members:
The Showmen play arrangements written for the Sooner Showmen by our very own Dr. Roland Barrett, the arranger for The Pride of Oklahoma, as well as a few other arrangers. The charts are a mix of funk, jazz, pop, and soul that are perfect for basketball games!
DO THE BANDS TRAVEL DURING THE BIG 12 AND NCAA TOURNAMENTS?
Yes! Both Showmen bands travel with their respective team throughout “March Madness.” Lodging, travel and eating expenses are completely provided. Some of the cities that we have visited include Atlanta, San Antonio, Phoenix, San Francisco, Kansas City, Denver, Jacksonville, Memphis, Tempe, and Dallas. It’s a great way to support the Sooners and see different parts of the country!
WHAT IS THE REPUTATION OF THE SOONER SHOWMEN?
The Sooner Showmen Basketball Bands are committed to providing polished, high level musical performances everywhere that they perform. Our bands are recognized for high artistic standards and great spirit! The music that the bands perform during games demand a strong work ethic and critical attention to detail. Individual preparation is necessary and expectations upon each individual are high.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO AUDITION?
For wind players, you must perform specified scales, prepared etudes, and a brief sight-reading excerpt (from a Showmen style chart). All of these materials and other information are available in PDF downloadable format at bands.ou.edu by October 1. For drumset players, you will audition with the Showmen once the band is set at the Showmen’s first rehearsal. Please see Dr. Traficante for a CD of the music that you will be playing.
HOW DO THE TWO SHOWMEN BANDS WORK?
Both bands have equal instrumentation, play the same charts, and wear the same uniform. The Women’s Band performs at all of the Women’s home basketball games, and the Men’s Band performs at all of the Men’s home basketball games. When you audition, you will be asked to indicate your preference (if any) for which band you would like to be considered for placement. Membership and placement is based on your ability to be at ALL home and tournament games.
HOW OFTEN DO THE BANDS REHEARSE?
The bands each have two 2 hour pre-season rehearsals. Then, during the season, the bands rehearse for 30 minutes beginning 1 1/2 hours before each game.
HOW DO I RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP FOR BEING A MEMBER OF THE SOONER SHOWMEN?
The home game season average is 16 games, with several holiday games interspersed throughout. At the end of the season, members of the Sooner Showmen will receive a scholarship check between $300 - $375. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Debra Traficante, Director of the Men’s Showmen and overall Showmen Coordinator.