Saturday, October 26, 1968
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, October 26, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five
What would you say about the Michigan Marching Band
if given a chance?
"It's the best marching band in the country, nay, the
world. What other band has cut two best selling albums?"
But being a Michigan bandsman isn't all glory and good
pay, as some would believe, and sometimes it can be a down-
right sweaty, dirty, lip-cracking job.
Bandsmen are up early in the morning and to bed late
at night (as those of us who have lived in the Hill-Division
street area know) practicing their trade into the wee hours
of the morning. It's truly a miracle of our time that Messrs.
Revelli ard Cavender .can transform a motley mass of 200
hornblowers into a manicured phalanx of uniformed bands-
men shapedinto an aircraft carrier on Saturday afternoon.
In other years, when Michigan's football fortunes sagged,
it has often been the band's great halftime performance that
has kept the Wolverine reputation out of the dumps. For when
they launch into a stirring rendition, of "Yellow and Blue,"
there is scarce a dry eye in the house among the alumni.
When the band leaps onto the field at halftime and exe-
cutes those famous marvelous formations we know so well, or
when they crank up and do "Hawaiian War Chant" after the
game is over, it's a treat for both our eyes and our ears.
It's nice to have such a good band at Michigan.
Photographed by Peter Dreyfuss,
Sara Krulwich, Eric Pergeaux,
Larry Robins, and Andy Sacks
Rehearsal on the blacktop at Wines Field