Names and Faces: Colonel Joe Tom and Mary Haney

By: KBTX Staff
By: KBTX Staff

Songwriters can only hope that their song is one that becomes an American standard, but very few songs achieve the level of the composition written by Bryan resident Joe Tom Haney. Just two notes – makes an Aggies hair stand on end and send a chill of excitement down the spine.

"And nobody plays it like they do," says Colonel Joe Tom Haney.

The Noble Men of Kyle started with two simple notes on Haney's chord organ many years ago.

"The Noble Men of Kyle was written in 1972 and the first time they played it they didn't like it so I went back to the drawing board and I rewrote the first string. They seemed to like it then and now they play it I guess, six, seven or eight times a game," Colonel Haney says.

Colonel Haney, as he is known to thousands of former Aggie band members was director of the Aggie Band from 1973 to 1989 and still is in a way - as director emeritus of the world famous fighting Texas Aggie Band.

"It's not easy being in Aggie Band, you work your shoe strings off I'll tell you for sure," says Haney.

Along the way, thousands more high school students were led by the musician from the Falls county city of Marlin.

"Oh yea we go to all of the home games," says Mary Haney.

And both admit they are still thrilled when the band steps off.

"I believe it's the only one in the world where they get a standing ovation before they ever play a note," says Colonel Haney.

The names are Colonel Joe Tom and Mary Haney. The faces? Two people who helped define what we know as the Spirit of Aggieland.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay with the Aggie Band here and also everywhere I've been, we had a great time."

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