The origin of this band dates back to the 1880s when President Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross invited a Czechoslovakian immigrant named Joseph Holick to make boots for the cadets on the college campus in central Texas. The story continues that Holick, a cobbler by trade, also played the clarinet and had some capability as a bugler. The latter caused him to be invited to play “Taps” and “Reveille” at cadet corps functions in exchange for a small stipend. Holick was then asked if he would start a band from the cadet corps. Holick did so and the band gradually grew from its thirteen original members to the premier band organization that it is today.
In addition to the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, the university also has other musical organizations, including four concert bands (the Wind Symphony, Symphonic Winds, Symphonic Band and Concert Band) two jazz bands, the Aggieland Dance Orchestra and the University Orchestras (the Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra).
YouTube link to Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band performing “Patton” adapted from composition by Dominic Hauser.