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March Madness: ACU basketball band makes big sound, impression at NCAA Tourneys

March Madness: ACU basketball band makes big sound, impression at NCAA Tourneys

By on March 23, 2019 in ACU News, Features, Sports with 2 Comments

The loudest, most spirited fans in the house at Abilene Christian University basketball games take up the smallest space. But it wouldn’t be March Madness without them, so when the official travel parties for ACU headed this week to the men’s and women’s Division I NCAA Tournaments in Jacksonville and Waco, the basketball band’s inclusion […]

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Morgan profiled during Veterans Day Tribute

Morgan profiled during Veterans Day Tribute

By on November 13, 2013 in Alumni News with 2 Comments

A large and spirited crowd gathered Monday at 11 a.m. for Abilene Christian University’s annual Veterans Day Tribute. Patriotic and reflective music by the Big Purple Band and a video presentation profiling a World War II pilot with ACU roots were the highlights of the event, which including the traditional unfurling of the university’s large […]

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Catch Wildcat football in Frisco Saturday

Catch Wildcat football in Frisco Saturday

By on September 27, 2013 in Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 0 Comments

Alumni and other fans of Abilene Christian University have had an opportunity three of the last four years to watch the Wildcats play football in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. This Saturday, the team will be in Frisco (north of Dallas) to host Tarleton State University at 4 p.m. CST. The game will be played in […]

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Atchley helps open ACU’s 108th school year

Atchley helps open ACU’s 108th school year

By on August 29, 2013 in Academic News, Alumni News, Campus News with 0 Comments

Quoting from Ecclesiastes and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rick Atchley (’78) implored students attending Opening Assembly on Monday at Abilene Christian University to “start your race like you want it to end,” by not focusing on what he considered the more “over-rated” parts of their young lives. ACU’s 108th school year began with several traditions […]

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ACU Remembers: Dr. Doug “Fessor” Fry

ACU Remembers: Dr. Doug “Fessor” Fry

Dr. Douglas “Fessor” Fry Sr., 95, one of Abilene Christian University’s most beloved band directors, died March 16 in Abilene. A private burial will be held for Fry in Tyler, and a public memorial service will be held later in Abilene. Born July 15, 1916, in Spicewood, Fry (’40) graduated from Levelland High School in […]

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Band packing its new instruments and ‘Funk’

Band packing its new instruments and ‘Funk’

By on September 15, 2011 in Academic News, Alumni News, Campus News, Sports with 1 Comment

Abilene Christian University’s Big Purple Band has plenty of experience marching on NFL-branded turf, but it’s been a while. All that will change this weekend when the popular marching ensemble performs in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Nine times previously, the Big Purple entertained crowds at halftime of home games for the Dallas Cowboys, Denver […]

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