Aggies attending the football game this weekend witnessed a special treat: the Rice Middle School improv group, affectionately nicknamed The MOB. As the Rice Middle School Band performed at halftime, the improv group was allowed to join their classmates on the field to perform a small skit they put together all by themselves.
Since 1970, the Rice Middle School Band has been performing controversial halftime shows while dressed as 1920’s gangsters.
“We’ve been using middle school students for years,” said Chuck Throckmorton, director of The MOB. “We would use college students because they are much more talented, but when they get that old, they realize they’re too cool for it and all.”
It has been over four decades since The MOB has been allowed to play in Kyle Field, and their parents couldn’t be more proud.
“I’m just so happy for my little Petey,” said Julia Barnes, mother of Peter Barnes. “Who would have thought that all those years playing in the backyard by himself would have amounted to anything?”
The MOB performed a skit poking fun at Johnny Manziel giving the bird to the Washington Redskins a few weeks back. Although most of the parents who attended the performance were excited, some parents didn’t quite agree with some of the skit’s racier details.
“I just can’t believe they wanted to throw the finger—and you know which one—for all those people to see,” said Deborah Gerwitz, mother of piccolo chair, Eugene Gerwitz.
Along with a few other parents, Mrs. Gerwitz insisted that the children censor the questionable gesture.
“The middle finger thing was a bit too much,” said Throckmorton “I actually thought we might get banned for another few decades.”
The 12th Man was mildly entertained by the affair, but more importantly, not a sabre was drawn last Saturday evening. Perhaps this is due to what the Aggies felt was a lackluster show.
“We might have tried to lynch them when they mocked dead Reveille,” said Senior Yell Leader, Roy May, “but at least that performance was good.”