The Matador Song was written by Harry Memaire 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 occas- sions such as Commencement.
Will Rogers & Soapsuds
Will Rogers, a humorist in the 1920s and 30s, donat- ed $200 for the Tech band to play at the football game against TCU on Oct. 20, 1926. He wanted people in Fort Worth to hear a “real band.” During this trip, Rogers was encouraged by his longtime friend Amon G. Carter to put up $1,500 to buy the band new uniforms. Carter matched the contribution. In 1948, the Amon G. Carter Foundation presented to Tech a statue of Rogers and his horse, Soapsuds, titled “Riding Into the Sunset.” Ex- ecuted by Electra Waggoner Biggs, who was only 18- years-old at the time, the statue is one of four like it in the United States. The statue was physically erected on what was known as Soapsuds Pavilion east of Memorial Circle and offset 23 degrees north from west in order to face the rear of the horse toward Texas A&M, a favorite Tech rival.
Fight! Raiders Fight! The Matador Song
TEXAS TECH FIGHT SONG
TEXAS TECH ALMA MATER
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 the Black! You will him’em, you will wreck’em, Hit’em, Wreck’em Texas Tech! And the victory bells will ring out.
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.