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Looking Back: Cougarettes and Mandolins


Cougarettes marching in 1953
Courtesy L. Tom Perry Special Collections, UAP 2 F-228

Above: The Cougarettes perform in the Smith Fieldhouse in 1953. Originally established in 1946, the Cougarettes were first considered a “marching group” rather than a dance troupe. Below: In 1907 the BYU Mandolin and Guitar Club was led by Ernest D. Partridge (1901), front row, fifth from left. According to contemporary accounts, the club’s repertoire included dance music.

Mandolin and guitar club
Courtesy L. Tom Perry Special Collections, UAP F-069