The Texas State Bobcat Marching Band was organized in fall 1919 with support from the Board of Regents, who provided 11 instruments at state expense. The group first performed at the Southwest Texas Normal School/San Marcos Academy football game on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1919.
D.D. Snow, a student, was the band's first director. He led a group of 22 student musicians who regarded their participation in the band as a pleasant study break.
Over the years, the marching band has been referred to as the "Most Dangerous Band in the South" but is now commonly known as the "Pride of the Hill Country." The marching band has established a national reputation for marching and playing excellence. This reputation has led to performances at two presidential inaugurations.