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March with the Longhorn Band                                                                  
People wanting to experience the thrill of marching in The University of Texas at Austin Longhorn Band (LHB) will have the opportunity to become honorary members in this Explore UT exclusive. A rehearsal session will be held in the Denius Practice Field (FDF) "bubble" near IH-35 and Dean Keeton Street (26th Street) followed by a march to the UT Tower for the conclusion of Explore UT, the living-insignia class photo. This "feet on field" session will feature instruction in the "LHB" style of marching by members of the Longhorn Band, directed by Robert Carnochan, Scott Hanna and Jay Watkins. If you have ever wanted to step inside the "bubble" and follow the footsteps of a 100-year-old university tradition, now is your chance. Rehearsal begins at 4 p.m. The LHB will leave the "bubble" at 4:30 p.m. en route to the Tower. The living-insignia photograph will be taken at 5 p.m.

Speedway Mall Festival                                                                                  
The Speedway Mall will be a center of unique activities as a part of Explore UT. Visitors to the festival can learn from public health and fire safety demonstrations, enjoy readings of the melodic rhyme of Dr. Seuss by distinguished members of UT's faculty, scale the ROTC climbing wall, or explore the TAME Trailblazer, a 40-foot trailer full of engineering and science exhibits sponsored by the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering. The Speedway Mall festival will also feature an exhibit of works by the "Littlest Longhorns," students from The University of Texas Elementary School, which opened its doors in 2003 with a mission to develop students into lifelong learners. Stop by and enjoy the Speedway Mall Festival as you make your way across campus.

Children's International Festival
The Children's International Festival will be located at the heart of the Explore UT Cultural Crossroads on the South Mall. Visitors to the festival will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the cultures of South Asia, Russia, Mexico, South America and the Middle East.

Go back in time and craft a medieval shield or crown, delve into Russian folklore by creating a firebird pin or engage in the time honored tradition of South Asian henna hand painting. Learn how to play a didgeridoo, sing utilizing overtones in the tradition of Tibetan monks or dance to the rhythm of Salsa and other Latin dances.  A world of experiences awaits explorers at the Children's International Festival.

Explore UT Stage                                                                                              
A diverse cultural spectrum of student performing groups will add music, drama, excitement and color to the tapestry of Explore UT with live demonstrations and presentations on the Explore UT Stage.

The stage will be located directly south of the Winship Drama Building (WIN) near the East Mall Fountain and will showcase the unique talents of performing and martial arts groups. Don't miss the sights and sounds of the Explore UT Stage.

Rise & Shine for Prospective Students
The Office of Admissions will host three sessions designed specifically for high school juniors to have an opportunity to meet university faculty, staff and students who can answer questions about admissions, housing and financial services.  See the program listing for times and location.   Registration is required.

Tower Tours
The Texas Union will offer special half-hour tours of the UT Tower on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up for the free tours at the Texas Union Information Center (south entrance). Tours begin at 11 a.m. and conclude with the last tour at 4:30 p.m. Each tour is limited to 20 participants due to fire and safety guidelines. If you are not able to take the Tower tour at Explore UT, you may arrange a future tour by calling (512) 475-6633 or toll-free at 1-887-475-6633.

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
With its exhibits, Texas Spirit Theatre and Austin's only IMAX theater,The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is a tribute to all the stories of Texas. For museum information, hours, admission, film and performance times, and costs, please call (512) 936-8746.

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