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The Texas Tech Band: The Goin' Band from Raiderland

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The Goin' Band from Raiderland
Tech's stereo marching band, is one of the largest spirit raisers on campus and among the finest bands in the nation. The original band in 1925, numbering only 21 members, was dressed in matador uniforms. In recent years, the band's 350 members have returned to variations on that original look. The Goin' Band performs at home and away football games, parades and at other special events.

The Fight Song was written by Carroll McMath and updates the Matadors, Tech's original name for the athletic teams, to the Red Raiders. The spirited song is sung at many of Tech's sporting events.


Fight, Raiders, Fight! Fight, Raiders, Fight!
Fight for the school we love so dearly.
You'll hit'em high, you'll hit'em low.
You'll push the ball across the goal,
Tech, Fight! Fight!
We'll praise your name, boost you to fame.
Fight for the Scarlet and Black
You will hit'em, you will wreck'em.
Hit'em! Wreck'em, Texas Tech!
And the Victory Bells will ring out.

Texas Tech's school song -- The Matador Song -- was written by Harry Lemaire and R.C. Marshall. Lemaire was band director at Tech from 1925-34. He composed the music. Marshall, editor of the La Ventana, wrote the words in 1930. The Words and title represent Texas Tech's original athletic teams' name of Matadors. It is often sung at athletic events and occasions such as Commencement.

Fight, Matadors, for Tech! Songs of love we'll sing to thee, Bear our banners far and wide. Ever to be our pride, Fearless champions ever be. Stand on heights of victory. Strive for honor evermore. Long live the Matadors!

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