One of the most memorable events took place in October 1941 when country music star Tex Ritter (1905-1974) appeared with the FJC band during halftime at a football game. All of the 56 FJC band members were attired in brand new western outfits for the first time. A singing cowboy star, Ritter was at the peak of his popularity in the 1930s and 1940s. FJC students and the Fullerton community at-large loved country music, especially Western swing. When World War II started, FJC band members turned to more military-styled uniforms.