Sea Aggie Band

At Texas A&M University at Galveston, the seaworthy arm of Texas A&M, tradition rules and music inspires. The Sea Aggie Band (SAB) combines rich traditions of service of a Texas A&M Band with those time-honored customs of maritime music. A community of 2,500 located adjacent to the Houston/Galveston ship channels, we share a passion to work and study amid an ocean environment. beyond that we endeavor to enrich our community with the sounds of the Sea Aggie Spirit. we invite you to join us and enjoy our preformances.

When was the Sea Aggie Band created?

With an original inception in 1969 under the guidance of Texas Maritime Academy student Jim Sterling, SAB was revived in the spring of 2011. Since then, the band has been under the guidance of Band Staff Advisor, Major Wayne Bertrand.

Who can join the band?

Interested students, faculty, and staff, are offered the opportunity to join this small, concert band of woodwind, brass, and percussion instrumentation. Unlike the Texas Aggie Band in College Station, student members of SAB are not required to participate in Corp of Cadets activities. In fact, approximately 60% of the band has been comprised of non-corps members.

Concerts by Semester

Fall 2011

Concert at a Naval Order of the United States meeting in Galveston

TAMUG campus dining hall concert in support of the student body

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights Christmas sidewalk concert

Pearl Harbor Rememberance Ceremony aboard the Battleship Texas (selected members in conjuction with the Invincible Eagle Band)

Christmas sidewalk concert at Galveston's Dickens on the Strand Festival

Spring 2012

TAMUG campus dining hall concert in support of the student body

Trumpet performed Taps at Aggie Muster and Aggie Silver Taps

Concert at TAMUG's spring showcase variety show

Fall 2012

TAMUG campus dining hall concert in support of the student body

Welcoming concert at TAMUG's New Student Conference

Performed the National Anthem prior to the Half Marathon at Moody Gardens

Christmas concert aboard Colonel Paddlewheel during Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

Christmas sidewalk concert during Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

Christmas sidewalk concert at Galveston's Dickens on the Strand Festival

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony aboard the Battleship Texas (selected members in conjuction with the Invincible Eagle Band)

Who leads the Sea Aggie Band?

In 2013, all band members are students, and the band is a student led organization. After three semesters of successfully representing TAMUG, students participating in the band are currently (as of Spring 2013) restructuring the organization. Their aim is to run the band's daily activities with guidance from the university staff advisor only when necessary.

What resources are available?

As of Summer 2012, the Sea Aggie Band has been granted $25,000 by the Ed Rachal Foundation. A small portion of the grant to date has been used to purchase several instruments. These instruments supplement an original donation of used instruments from the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band at the main campus in College Station, Texas.

How is the band organized?

With enough musician involvement, the organization cancreate a constitution which would govern in part, the structure of the organization. SAB concerts will resume as enough musicians join the organization and participate in its daily acticities.

In the meantime, we are organized as such;

  1. Band President
  2. Band Secretary / Treasurer
  3. Band Operations / Supply / Logistics Officer
  4. Band Recruiting Officer
  5. Non-officer members

What are the requirements for participation?

As of Spring 2013, no auditions are required for membership. Participation will also be dependent upon consistent, reasonable attendance of practices, sectionals, and work periods, and maximum participation in scheduled concerts.

How do I join?

If you are an energetic and talented student musician, and would like to contribute to the band's success, please contact the band's staff advisor, Wayne Bertrand, at 409-741-4380, or bertranw@tamug.edu. With confirmation that you are okay with such, he will pass your contact information along to current band members for processing. When registering for classes, be sure to register in the NON-CREDIT ZOPT 200-Band class listing. As more students register in this class section, the band will be able to limit scheduling conflicts with other classes on campus. 

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