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PAGE SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

FRIDAY.NOVEMBER 6 1964

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Michigan Band 'The Best'Due to Spirited A ttitude

GRID SELECTIONS

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- By LLOYD GRAFF
Somehow a slightly torn sweat-
shirt imprinted with an idealized
picture of Beethoven epitomized
the world - renowned Michigan
Band.
A bandsman, a trumpeter, peel-
ed off his Cardigan sweater and
neatly-starched white shirt and
took the Beethoven sweatshirt out
of his locker. A buddy four lock-
ers down was wearing Bach as he,

pumped away at his hefty tuba.
The room resounded with the
potpourri of sounds which always
accompanies practicing musicians.

Then Dr. William 1levelli, the
guiding genius of the band for 30
years, entered tie room, gently
picked up his baton, waited a few
I fecondc for the musicians to take

This was the world famous theiruseaw mentioned thUVpienz
Michigan band before official th be seats, mentioned the piece
practice started. This bunch of tob played, and suddenly a mag-
nificent version of "Go U. North-
college kids in white Levi's and western" reverberated through the
sneakers didn't look like the kind room. At least it sounded magnifi-
of group that would play Car- I cent to this reporter's tin ear.
negie Hall and cut four long-play Revelli proceeded to point out six
records. things wrong with the rendition
of the march.
After running through the pro-
gram for Saturday, the band mem-
bers headed outside for the rigor-
o1Imu1lation of the upcoming
. Dr. George Cavender, assistant
conductor who does much of the
choreography, exhorted the men
to raise their legs high, looking
" much like a backfield coach yell-
rin at his players.
.~ For two strenuous hours they,

Kermit Schuman, this week's guest selector, gave up a promising
career as a sportswriter to become The Daily's Linotype expert. In
line with his past sports activities as a spotter, line chaig-man and
writer, Kermit has had lots of experience picking grid winners. He
predicts that Purdue will lose to Michigan State, but will still get those
roses. Michigan is hoping that Purdue will lose twice to change its
.tune from "gather yee rosebuds while yee may," to "Send Me No
Flowers."
The Michigan Theatre may not be thinking of roses, but its
feature for this week is "Send Me No Flowers." Our lucky Grid Picks
winner will get two tickets to this show. This winner could be you!
Anyone can do it. All you have to do is have your winning picks at
420 Maynard St. by midnight, Friday. Every winner has a chance at
the grand prize later in the year.

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THIS WEEK'S GAMES
(Consensus in caps)

1. Illinois at MICHIGAN
2. Purdue at MICHIGAN STATE
3. Penn State at OHIO STATE
4. IOWA at Minnesota
5. INDIANA at Oregon State
6. WISCONSIN at Northwestern
7. NOTRE DAME at Pittsburgh
8. ALABAMA vs. LSU
(at Birmingham)
9. Rice at ARKANSAS
10. NEBRASKA at Kansas,

11. NAVY at Maryland
12. TEXAS at Baylor
13. Washington State at OREGON
14. Tennessee at GEORGIA TECH
15. FLORIDA vs. Georgia
(Jacksonville, Fla.)
16. Harvard. at PRINCETON
17. Air Force at UCLA
18. Army vs. SYRACUSE (N.Y.)
19. NORTH CAROLINA at Clemson
20. CALIFORNIA at Washington

worked. Best of Its Kind THE MICHIGAN MARCHING I
These were the makings of that achieve the perfection for whic
unique musical organization, The band and look forward to each ga
Michigan Marching Band,. called is seen by most to be the sourcef
by the New York Herald Tribune,
"the best of its kind' in the world." thing great, something recognized
Revelli has made the band what as the best."
it is. He drives its members to The spirit of the Michigan band
the end of their endurance and is embodied in the motto of the
extracts the purity from their organization, "Not as good as-
horns. He is not satisfied with a but better than."
fair note or a good note; he de- Replete with Ritual
mands a perfect note. "I'm in- Just before the game begins the
tolerable about indifference," he band congregates in the runway
says candidly. As members of the where the players emerge from the
band put it, "he's simply uncom- dressing rooms. It is an unwritten
promising." rule of the band that when Mich-
Besides musical talent, a great igan starts out on the field "all
band must have that indefinable hell breaks loose," but when the
something called zest, enthusiasm, opposition comes out a blank stony
spirit. silence prevails.
No Statistical Evidence There are other unofficial rit-
You can't document pride and uals like wearing hats backwards
desire like touchdowns and field- after a victory and eating apples
goals. "You just have to feel it after the halftime show. But
inside of you," as Revelli says. there is no mystique with the uni-
Perhaps this is Revelli's and the form. It has undergone numerous
band's greatest quality-they both changes.
love what they are doing. The When the topic of uniforms
spirit you get on this band "is comes up one naturally thinks of
almost like measles-its contagi- the drum major, William McCann,
ous," he says with relish. A cor- who looks a bit like a Beefeater
net player remarks, "When you who dyed his uniform. McCann
finish with practice you're really is in his fifth year at the position,
pooped out, but you feel terrific. yet it is said that he has never yet
It's just fun to be a part of some- complained of a backache. Incon-

-Daily-Mike Sawdy
BAND :forms the traditional "M." The members practice hours to
they have been recognized. They have an uncanny spirit about their
amp with almost as much flare as the players themselves. Dr. Revelli
for this driving desire for perfection.
gruously, McCann is a graduate field looked like a mass of choco-
student in the School of Music late pudding before chilled. It
studying the French horn. was just before halftime and the
S Oddly enough this is not the band was poised behind the end-
first time for his bizarre match of zone ready to take the field. A
talents. Gene Sherry who is con- Gopher back broke loose on a long
sidered one of the finest French run and Harmon pursued him all
horn players in the country was the way over the goal line when
also a drum major for the Mich- suddenly the famous Wolverine
igan band. I slipped and slid -on his stomach
right up to a bass drum. Harmon,
The band has not only produced unperturbed, picked up his gooey
famous alumni, but also has pro- body, plucked the music folio off
duced a bunch of legendary stories, the drum, and begin to sing "Hail

BILL BULLARD (Sports Editor, 89-50--.632)-Michigan, Michigan State,
Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Alabama, _Arkansas, Ne-
braska, Texas, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Florida, Princeton. UCLA, Syracuse, North
Carolina, California, Navy.
CHARLIE TOWLE (Contributing Sports Editor, 89-50-.632)-Michigan, Mich-
igan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Aiabama, Arkansas,
Nebraska, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Florida, Princeton, UCLA, Syracuse, Clemson,
Washington, Maryland.
GARY WYNER (Associate Sports Editor, 88-51--.625)-Michigan, Michigan
State, Penn State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Alabama, Arkansas,
Nebraska, Navy, Texas, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Florida, Princeton, UCLA, Syra-
cuse, North Carolina, California.
TOM ROWLAND (Associate Sports Editor, 85-54-.603)-Michigan, Michigan
State, Ohio State, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Alabama, Arkansas,
Nebraska, Navy, Texas, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida, Princeton Air Force, Syra-
cuse, North Carolina, California.
ANDREW ZAGREZEJEWSKI (Last Week's Winner, 16-4-.800)-Michigan,
Purdue, Ohio State, Iowa, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Alabama,
Arkansas, Nebraska, Texas, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Florida, Princeton, UCLA,
Syracuse, North Carolina, Washington, Navy.
KERMIT SCHUMAN (Guest Selector)-Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State,
Iowa, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Alabama, 'Arkansas, Nebraska-
Kansas (tie), Texas, Oregon, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Princeton, UCLA, Syracuse,
Ciemson, Washington, Navy.
NO TEAM FAVORED:
IM Grid Playoffs Open

-Daily-Gerry Ahronheim
DR. WILLIAM REVELLI, who has conducted Michigan bands for
the past 30 years, takes on his traditional duty of leading the
band. Dr. Revelli is known to insist on perfection in every aspect
of the word.

Fencing Club
Staff and students are in-
vited to attend the meetings of
the Ann Arbor Fencer's Club,
Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m., at Angell
school gym,- S. University and
Washtenaw. Expert coaching
and free equipment will be
available to all members.

to the Victors Valiant."

One Point Play
Last year on campus there was
talk about asking the Big Ten to
award one point to the band which
gave the best halftime perform-
ance. The students felt that the
Wolverines would have won the
two games they tied last season
if only this rule would have been
adopted.

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some true, others probably not.

MISS JAUNTY
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OnlyI~eret~ J. v But if the Michigan Marching
Only Regret Band cannot add points on the
One possibly apocryphal one is scoreboard, it can certainly rack
that a noted Michigan football up points in the hearts of the
coach once said that the only crowd, which has been known to
thing he regretted about his long give a standing ovation to an out-
career at Michigan was that hegsad n rovan.Aoneout-
nevr oce go- t her te.band standing: performance. As one ap-
never once got to hear the npreciative fan said this season
play "Temptation" at halftime. after the band played "St. Louis
An anecdote that Revelli is fond: Blues," "I think 60,000 people in
of recalls the days of Tom Har- the stands wouldn't even notice
mon. Michigan was playing Min- it if the team decided not to show
nesota in inclement weather. The up at all for the second half."

The intramural football play-
offs will begin next week and for
the first time in years there will
be no strong favorite in the social
fraternity division.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has
won the crown for five straight
seasons, was defeated by Tau,
Delta Phi in a stunning upset. The
loss knocks SAE out of the run-
ning.
When the playoffs open next

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OLYMPIA
TIME

Tuesday, there will be ten squads
still in the competition. Nine of
them have perfect 3-0 league rec-
ords. In addition to Tau Delt,
other likely contenders include
Lambda Chi Alpha and Delta Tau
Delta.
Over in the residence hall cir-
cuit, Wenley and defending cham-
pion Taylor look like the teams to
beat when their pigskin playoffs
kick off next Monday.
Wenley is currently in first place
in the overall standings and is
threatening to turn the dorm
league race into a rout. With only
six sports completed, Wenley al-
ready has a total of 595 :points
and team championships in ten-
nis, 'A' softball, outdoor track and
cross country.
Cooley is a very distant second
with 473 points and Huber fol-
lows, an additional six points off
the pace.
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