125TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT
In 2019, the Singing Cadets will travel to Greece and Bulgaria to perform, but perhaps their most important concert will take place in College Station on April 6.
“Our most notable performance this year will be the reunion concert,” said Kipp. “Our goal is to have 250 past and present Singing Cadets perform on stage, and at the rate registrations are going, I think we’ll surpass that number easily.”
At the 125th anniversary concert, Singing Cadets of all ages will perform songs that they sang during their time at Texas A&M, as the group maintains a consistent core repertoire of music. “This January, we sang ‘Who Are the Brave’ at Gov. Abbott’s inauguration. We sang the same song in Hawaii at the 52nd anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 1993,” said Kipp. “Similarly, at the reunion concert, men from all different eras will sing songs that serve as a personal reminder of their time in the Singing Cadets and as students at Texas A&M.”
These songs not only bond Singing Cadets to Texas A&M, but also to each other. “That connection over the ages is what I enjoy most about the Singing Cadets,” said Daniel. “No matter if you’re Class of 1955 or a current student, the songs tie you to each other and the organization.” To prepare for the event while living in different cities and states, former Singing Cadets will practice individually in advance with recordings of the concert music.
In addition to the event bringing together various classes of Singing Cadets, Kipp hopes it will encourage members and spectators to support the group financially. “We have been given so many opportunities to expand, but lack the resources to do so,” said Kipp. "We thought the 125th anniversary would be a great opportunity to raise funds that will help support our normal operating expenses.”
THE GIFT OF MUSIC
Hearing the needs of the Singing Cadets, Mike Hachtman ’86 and his wife Anne ’90 quickly stepped forward to help. “Some of my best friendships arose out of my four years in the Singing Cadets,” said Mike. “This organization is one of the special things that makes Texas A&M unique, and as the university continues to grow, supporting these traditions is important to maintaining the spirit of Aggieland.”
The Singing Cadets are hoping to raise $250,000, and the Hachtmans promised to match dollar for dollar up to $125,000 in hopes of reaching that goal. “The matching gift opportunity encourages others to get involved and support this vital organization,” said Mike. “Regardless of the size of the contribution, every gift helps.” In 2015, the Hachtmans also gave a $25,000 endowment to support the director of the Singing Cadets.
“My hope is that these gifts will allow the Singing Cadets to continue to travel across the state, nation and world spreading the Aggie Spirit wherever they go,” Mike said, and that is exactly what the Singing Cadets plan to do. “We want to be ambassadors for Texas A&M and introduce people all over the world to the Singing Cadets," said Daniel. “We want everyone to know about the school that has changed our lives.”
Throughout their time in the organization, members of the Singing Cadets are taught Texas A&M’s history and culture. “Something I will never forget learning is the inscription inside the clock tower,” said Corey Bowers ’18, president of the Singing Cadets. It reads: "I ring, I sing, I peal, with a mighty force, my love for God, family and country and for that part of my heart that has never left these hallowed halls.”
“So, we have God, family and country which are the three big priorities in life, but your school is your great love, and I think we all take that away from the Singing Cadets," explained Bowers. "I don’t know a single Aggie that doesn’t already love Texas A&M, but being a Singing Cadet reinforces that tenfold."
To support the Singing Cadets, contact Megan Pulliam ’09 at firstname.lastname@example.org or (979) 862-1247.