For over 100 years, the Yell Leaders have embodied the unique Aggie Spirit for which Texas A&M is so well known. The Yell Leaders are comprised of five students that are elected by the student body. They are the official spirit organization of the university and they lead Aggie fans in “yells” during athletic and other university events. Unlike cheerleaders, the Yell Leaders do not perform gymnastic feats. Instead they use a variety of hand signals, called “pass backs”, to direct and intensify the crowd. The Texas Aggie Yell Leaders represent the 12th Man at Aggie athletic events, serve as campus ambassadors to A&M and Aggie Mother’s Clubs across Texas and the U.S., and regularly make appearances at campus-wide events for current, new, and prospective students, former students, campus administrators, visitors, and dignitaries. Midnight Yell Practice has been dubbed a “College Football Bucket List” item and is one of Texas A&M’s most well-known traditions.
When A&M was an all-male military college in 1907, students often invited guests from Texas Women’s University to take the train to College Station and attend Aggie football games. Then as now, only a certain number of guest tickets were available, and these would be handed out based on seniority, so freshmen were rarely able to bring guests to the games.
According to legend, the Aggies were being out-scored so badly during one football game that the ladies were threatening to leave the game due to boredom. To prevent this, the upperclassmen ordered the freshmen, or “fish,” to find a way to entertain their bored guests. The freshmen raided a janitor’s closet and changed into the white coveralls they found there and began leading the crowd in yells from the track area in front of the stands. The freshmen got so much attention from the ladies that it was decided that only upperclassmen would be allowed to participate in this entertainment in the future.
Today, the Texas Aggie Yell Leaders have evolved into a team of five upperclassmen, three seniors and two juniors. Student body elections to choose the Aggie Yell Leaders are held annually, and it is not uncommon for more than twice as many students to vote for yell leader candidates than to vote in the Student Body President elections.
The Yell Leaders attend all home and away football games, all home basketball games, all home volleyball games, all home soccer matches, and post-season football, basketball, and volleyball. They can always be found on the sidelines of the playing field in front of the student section. Additionally, the Yell Leaders can be seen annually at the Texas A&M Coach’s Nights, all new student conferences, all Fish Camp sessions, and numerous campus events hosted by student organizations and university departments.
Ian Moss ’18
Howdy! I am a Construction Science major from Southlake, Texas. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets, Company E-2, and had the tremendous honor of being entrusted with Miss Reveille Ma’am (as her handler in 2015-16). I can happily admit that both my Aggie parents shaped what my family looks like, and I’ve had a natural passion for this University from the day I started walking. That passion has never grown dim; instead it continues on and has developed into the present love that I possess for this University. I joined the Corps to learn the true meaning of brotherhood and to be a part of a team that understands hard work, dedication, and selfless service to each other. As a Yell Leader, I can help stand for the traditions, passion, and unique community that this University possesses.
Spencer Old ’17
Howdy! I am a Political Science major from Seguin, Texas, and member of the Corps of Cadets, Company D-2. I have been an Aggie fan for as long as I can remember, and I have been fortunate to share what makes this school so great and the passion that it has inspired in me through my involvement in Fish Camp and the Corps. I have been able to participate in all the great Aggie traditions such as Silver Taps, Aggie Muster, and being part of the 12th Man at Kyle Field. This year I was also selected to be a member of the Ross Volunteer Company, like my great-grandfather, and I have been able to learn even more about Aggie and Corps traditions. As a Yell Leader, it is my hope to get to represent this great university and show everyone what it means to be an Aggie.
Chris Wilder ’17 *
Howdy! I am a Computer Science major from Dallas, TX, and a member of the Corps of Cadets and Company H-1. I did not grow up going to Midnight Yell and Aggie games with my family, and it wasn’t until my best friend invited me to go to a Texas A&M football game that I truly fell in love with A&M. As a student, I’ve been involved in MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow, Fish Camp, and the Brotherhood of Christian Aggies. Additionally, getting the opportunity to participate in Texas A&M’s traditions such as Silver Taps, Aggie Muster, The Big Event, Midnight Yell, and others further convinced me that A&M truly is a family.
*Head Yell Leader
James Pace ’17
Howdy! I am a University Studies – Leadership major from Comfort, Texas, a third generation Aggie, and a member of the Corps of Cadets, Company E-1. I am also involved with Parsons Mounted Cavalry and the Corps of Cadets baseball team. The love that I hold for Texas A&M is something that I have trouble putting into words. As I stepped foot on this campus as a student, I realized that it wasn’t about filling the shoes of my generations past anymore, it was about writing my own story here and listening intently to where I would be called to serve this University. Not a day that goes by that I do not feel the intensity to serve the place that has become my home, my community, and the place that occupies such a special piece of my heart. We, together, embody the Spirit of Aggieland; a spirit that will never stop growing and a spirit that I hope never diminishes in the traditions we have all come to know.
Cooper Cox ’18
Howdy! I am a Construction Science major from Houston, Texas, and a member of the Corps of Cadets, Squadron 17. I was not raised an Aggie, but the moment I stepped foot on campus, I instantly fell in love with the values and traditions we hold so dear. My family and my faith are so important to me. My faith in God and my walk with Him have grown immensely in my time here at TAMU. Since becoming an Aggie, I have had the opportunity for involvement and service with the Corps and other organizations at Texas A&M such as ASSIST and Song Fest. Each of these has provided me with opportunities to lead, serve, build relationships, and simply just have fun. Additionally, getting the opportunity to participate in Texas A&M’s traditions such as Silver Taps, Aggie Muster, The Big Event, Midnight Yell, and others has equipped me with the knowledge and tools to be an effective leader.