Sources within the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band have indicated that Texas A&M’s infamous “bevel” is here to stay- the band will be modifying the famous “Block-T” formation found at the end of every halftime performance. The new Block T will feature the geometric bevel found on modern Texas A&M branding. This marks the first major change to the formation since the Block-T was first formed in 1925, and is likely to debut at the October 3rd halftime performance against Mississippi State.
The bevel was introduced to Texas A&M athletic insignia in 1999 and, until recently, has been missing from two mainstays of Aggie culture— the diploma, and the Aggie Band. Last April, the Board of Regents indicated that they were rectifying this inconsistency by changing the University System seal to include the cherished bevel on every new diploma. Now, 16 years after the introduction of the bevel, its popularity is fully ratified.
Chancellor John Sharp said he was pleased to see the band choose to make the switch. “When it comes to brand identity, having that ‘Block T’ is what sets Texas A&M apart,” Sharp said. “The change makes it very obvious when you see it, where you are and what you’re talking about, that it’s Texas A&M and the Texas A&M System.”
Dr. Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands and Performance Ensembles, told The Mugdown, “I am so thankful that the Chancellor and Board of Regents were so gracious as to give us a say in this issue. They would never do anything to meddle with this University’s fine traditions without the input of students, faculty, and alumni.”
Lt. Col. Jay Brewer ‘81, who serves as the Senior Associate Director of the Texas Aggie Band, and more famously as the announcer of the band, said that he was asked to modify the script for Saturday’s halftime performance.
It now reads, “Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s halftime performance is dedicated to Chancellor John Sharp and the entire Board of Regents for their bravery, courage, and bold leadership. Without their daring audacity, Texas A&M couldn’t be the globally recognized brand that it is today. Now forming at the north end of Kyle Field, the nationally-famous Chancellor John Sharp ‘72 Aggie Band.”