Comrades True

The Curt Wilson Alumni Jazz Band Tours Italy

July 27, 2015


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The Curt Wilson Alumni Jazz Band poses before playing the Umbria Jazz Festival

Dr. Skip Dolt ’89 writes:

The Curt Wilson Alumni Jazz Band performed July 12, at the prestigious Umbria Jazz festival in Perugia, Italy. This 19-piece band is a group of TCU alumni who all played under the direction of professor emeritus of the TCU School of Music, Mr. Curt Wilson, over his 35+ year tenure. The band is comprised of musicians both professional and amateur, graduating from TCU in four different decades, who still have a passion for playing jazz music. (L-R: Dr. Skip Dolt, Rich Dahl, Tyler Windle, Todd Burrer, Dr. Andy Dollahite, Sammy Tork, Micah Bell, Tony Yarbrough, Professor Emeritus of the TCU School of Music Curt Wilson, Steve Williams, Dr. John McDonald, Drew Ruiz, Harry Tschoerner, Rene Ozuna,Alan Burton, Marc Bellomy, Kevin Love, Tom Laney, Chike Okaro, Dr. David Williams.)

Curt Wilson, TCU alumni jazz band

The Curt Wilson Alumni Jazz band with a big “Go Frogs”

Curt Wilson writes, “It’s the smartest band I’ve ever conducted — doctors, dentists, college professors, business executives, teachers and some pro players. Former students range from my first year (1976) to my last years (2011) with every decade represented.”

TCU spirit with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

July 2, 2015


In June, former student Matthew Brown met renown astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson after his lecture at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The Hayden Planetarium director gave an off-camera star talk called “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” and pointed out astronomy’s influence on Hollywood, even if television and movies occasionally get it wrong.

Afterward, Brown approached Tyson for a handshake and Horned Frog greeting. “I told him, ‘I know you’re a UT grad, but I’m about to travel to Omaha to watch the TCU Horned Frogs play in the College World Series. It would be a good omen if I could get you to flash the Frog sign.’ And he did it!” Brown shared.

Tyson earned a master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. He also holds degrees from Harvard and Columbia.

“As I was leaving, he said, ‘Hey, you want to know a fun fact about horned frogs?’ ” Brown recalled. “I said, ‘They’re actually horned lizards.’ And he smiled.”

Brown attended TCU from 2008 to 2010 and is a managing director at Tamra-Tacoma Capital Partners in Dallas.


Horned Frogs teaching at West Point

June 22, 2015

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Three TCU alumni are teaching at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Maj. Chad Fitzgerald ’04 (left) is an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences and teaches international relations. Lt. Col. Laura Bozeman ’92 (center) and Maj. Barrett Ward ’04 teach in the Department of English.

Reminiscing about TCU in Prague

June 9, 2015


Dr. Raymond Blanton ’99 (center) received his doctorate in philosophy at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2015 and celebrated with a trip to Europe with TCU buddies. Joining him in Prague, Czech Republic, for a day of sightseeing and reminiscing about TCU days were Aaron Buck ’99 (left) and Brian Kleager ’98.

50-yard-line engagement

May 19, 2015


Proposals don’t get much more memorable than Andrea Hein’s. In April, her fiancé Daryl Stafford ’11 popped the question on the 50 yard line of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Hein ’13 said yes. They’re getting married in April.

Frogs cross bridge in Selma

March 16, 2015

TCU students and staff on spring break walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday on March 7. On that date in 1965, armed policemen attacked civil rights demonstrators who were attempting to march to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery.

Twenty-two Horned Frog students took part in the observance, which was part of a six-day, five night bus tour covering the civil rights movement for a class taught by TCU history professor Max Krochmal. Students kept a journal of the trip, which counts for 10 percent of the grade for the course HIST 40873 The Civil Rights Movement in America. Pictured above are (left to right) Adam Powell, Christy Smith, Timeka Gordon, Samantha Koehler, Rochelle Harris, Jarrod McClendon, John Cogswell and Mitchell Simmons.

Students also visited Medgar Evers home, Emmett Till Historic Intrepid Center and other civil rights movement sites in Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama. The group also spoke with veterans of the civil rights movement at each stop.

The tour was sponsored by the TCU Center for Community Involvement and Service Learning and TCU Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services.

Follow the class’s journey on its Facebook page:

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TCU snowman in Roanoke

March 6, 2015

Future Horned Frogs Elijah (age 10) and Emma Canafax (age 8) show their TCU spirit with the snowman they built in front of their home in Roanoke, Texas. They are the children of Matt ’01 and Rachel Canafax.

Excellent job! Love the TCU stocking cap!

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Snowman with school spirit

March 1, 2015

Michael Capps ’04 of Keller, Texas, sent us this photo of the TCU snowman he built near his home. “This is a picture of what a TCU alum does on a snow day in Texas – make a snowman with school spirit!,” he wrote.

We love it! Go Frogs!

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Awesome Horned Frog groom’s cake

January 29, 2015

During their senior year, Celene Cortney ’11 and Brad Lyddon ’11 saw the TCU football team win the 2011 Rose Bowl, finish 13-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country. They’ll never forget it.

So when they got married in July in San Diego, it only seemed natural to commemorate the historic victory during their wedding reception.

The result was Brad’s outstanding groom’s cake: a purple square with white border and the TCU logo. But the best part sat on top — an edible horned lizard with a rose in its mouth. (Although, it wasn’t served.)

“The guests all loved it and complimented it through out the night,” Celene said. “Many took pictures.

“I have seen many horned frog cakes, but I thought ours was exceptional!
Especially considering the bakery was in San Diego and hadn’t heard of

Turns out, (and many of our readers have asked) the cake maker is Grove Pastry Shop.

Fittingly, the couple now resides in Pasadena, Calif. Members of the wedding party
included Bryan ’07 and Katelin Cortney ’08,
Mary and Ryan Forrest ’11, Hayley and Andrew Boaz ’13, Jadrien
Grimes ’11, Jillian Szalay ’11, Laura Fanta ’11 and Meredith
Griffin ’11.

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Watching the Peach Bowl from the Arabian Gulf

January 5, 2015

Ensign S. Taylor Franklin ’08, (right) an intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy, is currently deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf. But that didn’t stop him (and Ole Miss buddy U.S. Army Capt. Hunter Weiss) from watching the 2014 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl aboard the ship.

Franklin is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, a combat operation in Iraq and Syria against ISIS.

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