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Welcome

On behalf of The Association of Former Students, thank you for serving as Muster Chair for your local Aggie Muster ceremony. On April 21, your community of Aggies will join over 40,000 fellow Aggies in more than 300 Musters worldwide as we come together to celebrate this honored tradition.

Aggie Muster ceremonies are a unique expression of each individual community, and no matter what format is chosen for your ceremony, we know that your Muster will be a meaningful experience for those in your community. Muster is a day celebrating the camaraderie and the friendships, the triumphs and the defeats, the legacies and the impact that Texas A&M University has made, and continues to make, in all of our lives. It is also a time to honor those Aggies, those friends, family members, and classmates, who are no longer among us. Muster can be as simple or as elaborate as you feel appropriate, but whether your Muster is modeled after our Campus Muster or adapted to accommodate your local needs, know that you are perpetuating something that is bigger than a single event, larger than your own local Club or Muster Group-- you are perpetuating the essence of the Aggie Spirit.

Creating a Muster

You can provide The Association with all of your Muster information by filling out one important form, the "Create Your Muster" form. You can access this form by selecting "Create a New Muster" at the top of this page. Please follow the instructions for filling out the form and it will walk you through the rest of the process. You will be able to update your Muster at any time, and your changes will be reflected immediately on the website for Aggies looking to attend your Muster.

Publicity

Information regarding A&M Club or Muster groups will be publicized both on AggieNetwork.com and in Texas Aggie magazine. Due to space restrictions and changing information, only the Muster Chair contact information will be listed in the Texas Aggie. The deadline for your Muster information to be in the Texas Aggie is February 15.

Also, promoting Muster through local newspapers, radio, and TV is strongly encouraged. A sample news release is provided under the step "Send press release to local media outlets."

Invitations

This year, The Association will continue to print and mail invitations for all Muster groups. This will count as an A&M Club's once-a-year mailer. Non-chartered A&M Clubs and Muster Groups will be billed for postage costs.

Musters taking place outside of Texas will need to send in their Invitation Form by January 15, so that their Invitations can be processed and sent out first because of the extended time they need in the mail. All Invitation Forms for Texas Musters are due by February 1. The request form for Invitations is available in the Muster Planning Guide.

Also, in order to keep our Mailing List for your area as updated as possible, please encourage members of your Club or Muster Group to update their contact information on AggieNetwork.com. The Association needs your support as Muster Chair to encourage Former Students to keep in touch with the Aggie Network, so we can keep our records as accurate as possible.

Program

A traditional Aggie Muster program has the following elements:

Videos, Songs, Poems

Videos

2016 Impact Video (2:38) - A look back at the impact the Aggie Network made in 2016 through The Association of Former Students. With narration. (View on YouTube) (Download)

2016 Muster Video (2:43) - Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the 1946 Aggie Muster on the island of Corregidor. (Download without captions) (Download with captions)

Association of Former Students Overview (1:54) - Overview of the mission and work of The Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University. With narration. (View on YouTube) (Download)

1890 Aggie Ring (1:32) - A story about the discovery of an 1890 Aggie Ring and its placement in an exhibit at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. With narration. (View on YouTube) (Download)

Aggie Ring Day Stories (2:27) - A story about the discovery of an 1890 Aggie Ring and its placement in an exhibit at the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. With narration. (View on YouTube) (Download)

Texas A&M - Fearless on Every Front (3:02) -- Commercial for Texas A&M University, produced by the university's Department of Marketing and Communication. With narration. (View on YouTube) (Download)

The True Story of Texas A&M - Trailer (1:24) - Trailer for "Aggies: The True Story of Texas A&M," a documentary history of the university produced by The Association of Former Students. With narration. (View on YouTube) (Download)

The True Story of Texas A&M - An Excerpt (10:53) - Excerpt from "Aggies: The True Story of Texas A&M," a documentary history of the university produced by The Association of Former Students. This excerpt, narrated by Lyle Lovett '79, covers the period including World War I and World War II. (View on YouTube) (Download)

"Texas Aggies Go To War" exhibit trailer (2:50) -- An overview of the "Texas Aggies Go To War" exhibit at the Bastogne War Museum in Belgium. With music. (View on YouTube) (Download)

Songs and Poems

The Aggie War Hymn

The Spirit of Aggieland

Silver Taps

Muster Invocations

Roll Call for the Absent

In Memoriam

Muster Ceremony Closings

Aggie Muster Day

Silver Taps A&M

The Last Corps Trip

Stand for Me

The Spirit of Muster

Speakers

The Association maintains the Online Speaker List, a list of former and current students who have volunteered their time to speak at a Muster ceremony. Please contact the speaker directly to make arrangements. More information on contacting speakers and a sample speaker confirmation letter is provided in the Muster Planning Guide.

View the list of available speakers

Roll Call for the Absent

A list of Aggies who have passed away and are to be honored at Muster will be posted in Microsoft Excel format at AggieNetwork.com/Muster in early April. This list will be sortable by City, State, and Class Year. Many families will contact the chair directly in order to make arrangements for their honoree. If you would like to contact the families personally, a "Sample Letter to the Families" is provided in the Muster Planning Guide.

Muster Reports

We want to know about your successful Muster! Please return the Muster Report Form in the Muster Planning Guide before May 9. You can also include any pictures or interesting stories for possible inclusion in Texas Aggie magazine. Please do not write on the pictures, but send a separate sheet with the names and Class years of those in the photo.

Contact the Muster Team

The Muster Staff at The Association of Former Students gladly offers you their support as you plan your Muster. Please feel free to contact us by email or by telephone. The Muster Staff and the entire Association of Former Students team wish you the best of luck with your Muster ceremony. We are here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that may arise.

Ryan Bugai '17
Coordinator of Former Student Programs
rbugai17@aggienetwork.com
(979) 845-7514

Casey Johnson '17
Muster Student Assistant
cjohnson17@aggienetwork.com
(979) 845-7514

Address

505 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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