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Michigan Marchers Band Together

By DOUG HELLER Michigan marching band is best
The University of .Michigan at marching in the country. Well
bands are the best in the country, you're wrong, wrong, wrong. I

this week that, "what makes our schools who send their bandsmen
marching band different from here and want to be shown some
some college bands is that we em- respect. "Passing up" this year al-

right? saw Florida A&M or Tennessee phasize the performance end, the
Right. A&I or some band like that on musical score."
The Michigan marching band T.V. and they quickstep all the But why are the marching for-
has the best musicians in the time and how are you going to mations so obviously limited com-
country and sounds best too, beat that anyway? pared to certain other bands? Per-
right? But what do they sound like, haps the answer is partially in
Right. man? the fact that, as Dr. Reveilli says,,
The Michigan marching band... Emphasize Performance "any band that marches faster
Now hold on there. I know what Dr. William B. Revelli, director than it can play is marching too
you're going to say next. The of bands at the University, said fast." In recognition of this fact,
although Michigan invented the
quickstep, it never plays while us-
ing it, but reserves it almost ex-
clusively for it's pre-game en-

most permanently ended Band.

We cail the Karmann Ghia a Pussycat for a very
good reason: it's half Volkswagen.
It sits on a Volkswagen chassis. And runs on a
Volkswagen engine.
So it's not exactly a tiger.
But it's not exactly a Volkswagen either.
You see, the Karmann Ghia bodyishand-shaped,
hand-welded, hand-padded, hand-fitted, hand-
stitched, hand-painted and hand-sanded.
It's so handmade, in fact, it takes two men one
day just to make two convertible tops.
The same care goes into the hand-fitted seats.
The hand-welded, hand-smoothed doors.
And the four coats of hand-painted paint.
When we tell people what a well-built Pussycat
we have, they wonder if they can afford it.
Well, the topless model goes for $2445
Or you can get something less daring for: $2250
The Coupe.
*P.O.E. East Coast plus local tax and license

Total Sound Important
Another reason why the forma-I
tions are sometimes limited is, as1
the band director mentioned, that
certain instruments have to be in
certain parts of the field at all
times, or the total sound is in-
ferior. The result is the fantastic
sound that the Michigan band has
even over television, where goodl
sound is normally so rare that
television has been forced too de-S
velop its halftime statistic and
news shows.
Michigan also invented Band
Day, which appears to be the mostf
successful of all athletic promo-
tions. Just figure how much
money is made on a relatively
unimportant game, when all the
relatives and other curious people4
who don't care at all about foot-
ball, come to see the annual
musical orgy.t
Objects to 'Passing Up'
This is why Dr. Revelli objectsl
so much to "passing up" (accord-
ing to the band director, Michigan
is the only school in the countryI
to have students "passed up"), be-
cause it offends all the high

Dr. Revelli said, "If the students
want it this way, it's up to them."
Obviously, since "passing up" was
two, three, or four fold above nor-
mal this Band Day, the students
are exercising their option.
The band master also noted that
the object of the marching band
is, in addition to providing enter-
tainment, to instill character, dis-
cipline, and physical fitness in
the bandsmen. Physical fitness
ties into why there are no girls
in the band, not to mention fe-
male twirlers, because unless they
are like Stan Musial's daughter
(40 push-ups), they just aren't
able to take it.
Band Beneficial
Dr. Revelli, in connection with
his belief that the band is highly
beneficial to the members, says he
is sorry that what he estimates as
1,000 musicians give up their in-
struments and with them at least
a four year investment upon en-
tering Michigan. He is against the
University p a1i c y of advising
agairist extra-curricular activities
for freshmen. He remarked that,
"any student who is in this Uni-
versity should be able to afford
an hour and a half or an hour
and 15 minutes away from his
books. If he can't do that, I don't
think he can do very well in school
to begin with."
He even offers to conduct a
band made up entirely of non-
music students if there is a de-
mand for it, just for the students
own personal development. Such a
band could practice as little as
once a week if that was the best
accommodation for the students.
Methods Questioned
Dr. Revelli's goals and methods
do not coincide exactly with that
of all of the bandsmen. In par-
ticular, one anonymous sophomore
says, "Revelli is a dictator. He
drives us into the ground on the
field and won't leave us alone off
it." Just how much of this is sour
grapes of some type is open to
The band director does say that
he does drive the band hard and
has received thanks by some for
keeping them in good physical
condition. He also noted that he
does take an interest in his men's
studies which helps develop their
"esprit de corps."
In any event, the Michigan
marching band does have a repu-
tation that is unparalleled which
must be credited to Dr. Revelli,
who has been synonymous with it
for 32 years.


DR. WILLIAM B. REVELLI, director of bands, has been leading
the "180 marching men of Michigan," often called the best in
the nation, for 32 years. He has improved football halftimes with
such innovations as Band Day and the quickstep march.

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