Rice Activities

Marching Owl Band

I am a member of the MOB, not just a member… but very high in the leadership hierarchy (DM to be precise). If that statement confuses you, or generally makes you uncomfortable… read on to figure out what exactly I’m talking about. Please note that the following is shamelessly stolen from the official MOB website: mob.rice.edu.

  • What is the MOB?

The Marching Owl Band (MOB) is a group of individuals who love to have fun with music. They are entertainers, comedians, musicians, and all-around fun folk. We’re not just Rice students, either — we accept (almost) anyone who can come to rehearsals and games.

  • What about this thing called “marching?”

Maaarrrrccchhhh?!?! Nope. Nada. We’ll do almost anything else: run, scatter, prance, mosey, stroll, crawl, dance, hop, skip, jump, leap-frog, hopscotch, moonwalk, or breakdance. But we never, ever march. Get it?

  • So what is it you do here? Do you play music?

Yes, that’s one thing we will do, and do well. We play awesome music — none of those silly sorry sappy Sousa songs. Our folders are stuffed full of contemporary favorites like songs from Dave Matthews Band and Smashmouth. Of course, there’s our theme song: Louie, Louie. You’ll hear that one a lot.

  • What if I can’t play an instrument?

Not a musician? Not a problem! There are lots of people in the MOB that wouldn’t know the difference between a paradiddle and that little squiggly thing that you always see on sheet music. Don’t worry, you can join the largest section of the MOB: the Show Assistants! No, they don’t sweep up after us or answer to our beck and call. (Usually it’s the other way around — they have guns, okay?) The Show Assistants are the MOB’s secret arsenal of comedians, prop engineers, and crazy gurus of duct tape; they make our shows literally come alive! Besides, there’s always the kazoo.

  • Can I join even if I don’t have a lot of spare time to learn marching drills?

AARRRRGGHHH!!! No marching. Marching = bad. MOB = !(marching); The MOB rehearsal schedule is designed for the busy schedules of Rice students. We learn our music and the entire show in mere hours per week, not per day. There’s usually one music rehearsal and a field rehearsal. That’s it. We have game-day rehearsals when it’s a home game.

  • Do I get in a lot of trouble if I miss a rehearsal?

Yes — er.. I mean, no. Really, we’re very accomodating; we want you at the game even if you can’t make every rehearsal that week. The only major consequence involves the trip policy (see News & Events), but that only matters if you go on the big trip with us. Other than that there aren’t many consequences, but we have special incentives for people with high attendance at rehearsals and games.

  • Just how many words *can* you mutilate by pre/post-fixing “MOB?”

Lots. It’s an obsession… or is that “mObsession?”

  • When do you march? Do you do any cool box formations?

Ask again and you shall sleep with the fishies. W E D O N O T M A R C H.


Rice Light Opera Society

Considering my inability to play with the Campanile Orchestra (read on about that), I spent a while searching for an outline to play my violin. Well, RLOS (Rice Light Opera Society) has provided that. This is a group that produces a Gilbert and Sullivan light opera once a year. They do a marvelous job with them, and I highly recommend seeing the show if you are at all able. The official website provides more information that I can here (hey, I do just play in the pit, I don’t know all the details), so feel free to check it out here. The following is brief description of Gilbert & Sullivan, for those who may be new to this duo:

  • W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan wrote 14 operas together between 1871 and 1896, most of which were produced by the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Gilbert, the duo’s librettist, was an accomplished satirist, and was known for a series of cartoons and sketches known as the Bab Ballads. Sullivan, the composer, was often called the “English Mendelssohn,” but his genius was most evident in the lighter comic songs he wrote with Gilbert. Sullivan’s solo works include the opera Ivanhoe and the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers.” Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas were wildly popular in their time and are still performed regularly today.

Campanile Orchestra

I regret to announce that due to the increasing amount of time my course work is demanding, I’ve been unable to continue playing with the Campanile Orchestra. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, but sadly my schedule simply doesn’t allow my to continue. Of course, if you are student coming to Rice, I still highly recommend this group. To quote the website:

  • The Campanile Orchestra is made up of talented non-music majors and members of the greater Rice community who wish to continue their orchestral activities. Music majors are also welcome to participate if they desire. The Orchestra meets on Saturday mornings and is conducted by graduate students in the Orchestral Conducting program. They perform three concerts per academic year of major works from the standard orchestral repertoire.

If you have any questions regarding this musical ensemble, please feel free to contact me as I’d be happy to answer any concerns you may have. Again, I really wish I’d still be able to perform with the orchestra, but the number of hours in a day dictates otherwise.


Church

For anyone who knows me, even to the smallest extent, they know that church is very important to me. I was born and raised in the Lutheran church and still believe in and abide by it’s doctrine to this day. My faith has, without question, grown significantly during my time at college and I pray that it will continue to do so. One important aspect of religion is the church someone goes to. As I said, I am Lutheran by both heritage and belief. Considering such, I attend Christ the King Lutheran Church for important church holidays and traditions.

The only problem lies in the fact that I am one of the only undergraduates that attends that particular church. This presents a dilema in that, while it may not be the most important, Christian fellowship is a very significant aspect of an individual’s religion. Considering such, I attend West University Baptist Church on a more regular basis. This church has a very large and active college ministry, with a college class taught each Sunday morning after services by Dr. Tour (of Rice’s chemistry department). Overall, I feel that my spiritual needs are met there with the exception of a few theological issues. If you have any questions about either of these places, or the foundation of my faith in general, please contact me and I’d be happy to converse with you.