Yell Practice began as a post dinner activity in 1913, when different corps companies would gather together to "learn heartily the old time pep." However, it was not until 1931, that Yell Practice as it is known today, was held before the t.u. game. It began, when a group of cadets were gathered in Peanut Owen's dorm room in Puryear Hall. Someone suggested that all of the freshmen should fall out and meet on the steps of the YMCA building at midnight. The cadets notified senior yell leaders Horsefly Berryhill and Two Gun Herman from Sherman, who could not authorize it, but said that they may just show up. Well, needless to say, the word spread quickly, and when the freshmen began to arrive, there were railroad flares and torpedoes stuck in flowerpots around the YMCA building to light the area. The first Midnight Yell had begun!
Today, Midnight Yell is held in Galveston on the Thursday night before the main Midnight Yell (held on Friday) at Kyle Field before any Home game. For away games, Midnight Yell is held at the Grove in College Station on Thursday nights. Also for away games, a site is designated for a Midnight Yell in the city of our opponent on the night before the game. For example, for the t.u. game, it is held at the Texas Capitol in Austin. For a yell at Kyle Field, yell leaders lead the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band and the Twelfth Man into the stadium. The yell leaders lead the crowd in old army yells, the singing of the fight song, and tell fables of how the Aggies are going to beat the everlivin' hell out of our opponent for the next day. Lastly, the lights go out, and Aggies kiss their dates. If they don't have a date, all they have to do is flick their lighters. As the story goes, the flames make it easier for two dateless people to find each other, and maybe they won't be dateless anymore!
The purpose of Midnight Yell is to pump up the Twelfth Man for the next day's big game.
Although nationally known for their spirit, the Texas Aggies have no cheerleaders. This is because they have no school cheers. Instead, there are a variety of school yells used by the 12th Man team (the student body) in support of the team on the field or court.
In the Spring of each year, five students (three juniors and two seniors) are elected by the Galveston student body to serve as Campus Yell Leaders.