Cougar Marching Band Steps onto Concert Stage for Benefit Performance

For decades, the "Spirit of Houston" Cougar Marching Band, has dazzled audiences with spectacular football halftime show performances. This Friday, the band transplants its musical energies from the gridiron to a concert hall for a unique concert experience.

At 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20, the Cougar Marching Band will present its fifth annual Benefit Concert that supports band scholarship and program funds. The show will feature all 200-plus members of the band, as well as the Cougar Dolls, Cheerleaders and Dance Squad.

"Their talents know no boundaries," said David Bertman, director of the Spirit of Houston. "These musicians and entertainers will shine anywhere they play. Whether it's a 70,000-seat football stadium or a gorgeous concert hall, they will always deliver a show-stopping performance."

Fans around the nation have been thrilled by Cougar Marching Band performances. In 2004, it had the distinction of jamming alongside Janet Jackson during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show at Reliant Stadium. The band also has participated in parades across the country including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade.

WHAT: "Spirit of Houston" Cougar Marching Band Benefit Concert
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Nov. 20
WHERE: UH Moores Opera House - Entrance 16 off of Cullen Blvd.
WHO: UH Moores School of Music

Tickets for the Spirit of Houston Cougar Marching Band Benefit Concert are $10 and can be reserved or purchased by calling 713-743-3313. For more details, visit