Flashback: Drum major lights up the field
1981 was a new year for the Cougar Marching Band. That fall, the band received a new director, Greg Talford, and a new drum major, Max Duncan, pictured.
Talford began the tradition of the Cougar Brass playing the Olympic Trumpet Fanfare to signify Cougar victories. This is now considered the “de facto Houston Victory song,” according to uhcougars.com.
Duncan, an engineering major, added flashlights to his suit for a flash of special effects and performed a variety of acrobatics on the field, such as backflips.
Duncan practiced with the band three times a week before leading them during the Saturday football games.