Craig James, Jerry LeVias Recruited to Help SMU Raise $3 Mil For Mustang Band Complex

For a split second in the second quarter, SMU was this close to tying up A&M, 20-20. Backup QB J.J. McDermott, subbed in after Kyle Padron tossed two picks in four pass attempts, had a man open with nothing but open field in front of him. But the pass sailed wide left, and in a blink it was 33-14; then, 46-14, game over. Hey, but at least the Mustang Band was solid. Always has been, always will be, even when the football team isn't exactly playing up to its -- or Mayor Mike's -- Big 12 aspirations.

Problem is, the band's facilities are sub-par -- so much so that the Hilltop has enlisted the likes of Craig James, Jerry LeVias and other notable alums to raise $3 million for an 11,000-square-foot facility the university hopes to build as part of that Residential Commons complex next to the Gerald J. Ford , which the school hopes to open in 2014. The plea, complete with great old photos and footage, is above.

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