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"Many bands can march; a few
can play; and a very few can do
both, but the Michigan Marching
Band attempts to do both superb-
ly," commented Prof. William D.
Revelli, conductor. '
Prof. Revelli feels that the pri-
mary function of a band is being
able to play, not just well, but
"superbly." If a band does not
sound good it is not putting suf-
ficient emphasis on its musical
Must March Smartly
Secondly, the band must march
with precision, smartness, spirit,
in good alignment and with prop-
er cadence. A good band should be
table to do both in equilibrium. At
no time should music be sacrificed
for the sake of the marching.
In the hundreds of letters Prof.
Revelli received complimenting
the band on last Saturday's ex-
cellent performance, fans contin-
ually commented on the "won-
derful sound of the band and the
unique program or theme."
Because of Ann Arbor's indefi-
nite, unpredictable weather,, the
band is not able to use a. lot. of
pageantry, special costumes and
props. The Michigan Band, more
concerned with the music, forma-
tions and originality of the sub.
jects for the program, is able to
present a performance that needs
no frivolous costumes or exces-
sive props.

ON YOUR MARK-Members of the Michigan Marching Band practice one and 4 half hours per day,
five days a week, in order to perfect themselves itn formation marching as well as musicianship.
They play a new program each football Saturday, for the entertainment of University fans as well
as nationwide appearances at events in Yankee Stadium and the Rose Bowl.

Until 1941 the band was drilled
by military officers. Precision and
alignment were present then, as in
many bands today, but through
the years this military tradition
has given way to more versatility.
The 'U' band was the first col-
lege band to have its entire musi-.

cal score for each performance es-
pecially arranged. Band members
must learn a completely new pro-
gram every' week during the foot-
ball season.
To achieve its musical and
marching standards, the band re-
hearses an hour and a half five
days a week, practicing music ex-
clusively one day, then only for-
mations, then combining "these
along with the integration of the
announcer's voice. (Michigan was
first to use an announcer in con-
junction with the performance.)'
The band has a dress rehearsal of
the whole program the morning
of the performance.
Instruments Arranged
Another first for the Michigan
band is its instrument distribu-
tion. The instruments are arranged
in such a way that the bind may
be divided into four equal parts
and have the same number of
each of the instruments in each
unit. For example, all the trom-
bones are not stationed in front
of the band, but half at the front
and half at the rear.
The traditional sonority of the
band is due to the prominence of
alto horns, trombones, cornets,
trumpets, clarinets, alto and tenor
saxophones, euphoniums, Sousa-
phones and and percussion. Such
instruments as flutes, piccolos,
oboes, bassoons, contrabassoons,
alto clarinets, bass clarinets, bari-
tone saxophones, bass saxophones,
and French horns 'are not used on
the field.
Long hours of practice and
marching demand endurance from
the men in the band, and they are
all men; no women are admitted
to the marching band.
Don't Need Majorette
"College football is a man's
game; the woman's position in the
stadiumis as a spectator and not
on the gridiron. I do not feel that

we have a need for a drum major-
ette, particularly since We have
such fine drum majors," Prof. Re-
velli said.
Gary Kocher, '60 SM, present
drum major, is the "quarterback"
of the band while on the gridiron:
He is responsible for all of the
band's activity on the field during
the performance. Without a signal

from him, the band does not move.
The drum major also lends a spe-
cial bit of pageantry and color
with his high strutting and color-
ful, elaborate uniform.
Performances of the skills of the
band are by no means limited to
the Michigan stadium spectators.
The group has traveled all over
the nation including both Yankee
Stadium and the Rose Bowl in the
same season. It has gained the
title of the "Transcontinental All-
American Band" from sports writ-
Perfect Each Performance
George Cavender, assistant con-
ductor, and Prof. Revelli work
hand-in-hand to perfect each and
every performance of the band.
However, each member strives to
perform his individual part per-
fectly, for if he is out of line ev-
ery one in the stadium will notice,
even if the spectator cannot dis-
tinguish one note from another.
A great feeling of "esprit de
corps" prevails. Prof. Revelli says,
"You must be part of it to feel it,
this spirit is so overwhelming.'"
Besides the opportunity for in-'
dividual leadership, the men have
the opportunity to become ac-
quainted with 178 friends from
various curricula, the two conduc-
tors agree.
Non-music Majors Welcome
Membership in the .band is not
limited to music majors; there are
more non-music majors in the
band this semester than in any
previous year. Regardless of the
field of study of the men, all must
remain scholastically eligible in
order to display their musician-
"I believe our band helps to
make better students of these men
since each must accept many add-
ed responsibilities. Furthermore, I
believe a busy student is generally
a good one," commented Prof.
The famed conductor had this
to say about the emotional reward
he receives: "The reward of con-
ducting a good band is not the
amount of applause we receive
while on the gridiron, but the
pride of knowing I have helped in
some way to produce successful,
happy, reliable, well disciplined
Sums Up Attitude
The words of Harold Bachman,
Director Emeritus of Bands at the
University of Florida, sums up the
(Use of this column for an-
nouncements Is available to offi-
cially recognized and registered or-
ganizations only. Organizations
planning to be active for the fall
semester should register by Oct. 10.
Forms available, 2011 Student Ac-
tivities Building.)
Congregational, Disciples, E & R Stu-
dent Guild, noon discussion - Lee
Sonne, leader. "Do Classes Get -in the
Way of Education?", Oct. 9, 12 noon,
524 Thompson.
* * *

TOP FORM-They ring the bell every time. The 'marching band was the first college group to hav
each week's performance specially arranged. Instruments are distributed so that the band may I
divided into four equal parts as marching units. This gives the band the advantage of mobility any
increases the range of possible formations in their repertoire.

kind of acceptance the Michigan
Marching Band receives through-
out the nation. "Few organiza-
tions can equal the richness of
tone, the fine intonation, the deli-
cate shading and the peffect pre-
cision which is achieved by this
group. Superb and- exciting per-
formances are the rule rather
than the exception whenever this
splendid band and its gifted con-
ductor appear."
Pino Sonatas
Of Beethoven
To Be Played
The Audio Room of the Under-
graduate Library will feature.a
special series of the complete pi-
ano sonatas of Beethoven per-
formed by Artur Schnabel.
These recordings are "special
treasures" of the UGLI, according
to Roberta Keniston, librarian of
the UGLI, and are not circulated
to students. The first 16 of the
sonatas will be ,played, two each
week, at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
The last 16 will be played 8 p.m.
Wednesdays. These will also be
played two each week.
The practice of piping music
through the second floor of UGLI.
was initiated last spring and has
been continued due to theenthu-
siastic support of the students,
Mrs. Keniston said.

11 T


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The menu?

Rather sophisticated. You will
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skilfully prepared.
Now open evenings until 10 P.M.

BAND DIRECTOR-Prof. William D. Revelli of the music school,
ing Band with his spirit of perfectionism. Under his direction,
director of university bands, has infused the University March=
the band has attained national recognition.
B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation
1429 Hill Street
Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:30 P.M., Rackham Lecture Hall,
for all students.
Monday, Oct. 12, 9:00 A.M., Rackham Lecture Hall,
10:30 A.M., Kellogg Auditorium, Reformed.






215 SOUTH STATE near State Theatre

in review


OCTOBER 8 . . 1-5
OCTOBER 9 .. . 1-5
OCTOBER 10 ... 9-12
Jn the S.A.B.-Third Floor

Luth. Stud. Assoc., square dance,
Oct. 9, 8 p.m., Lane Hall. Meet either
at the Student Center at 7:30 p.m.
(Hill St. at S. Forest Ave.) or go di-
rectly to Lane Hall.
A.S.P.A. (localstudent chapter), Oct.
9. 4:15 p.m., Grad. Outing Rm. Speak-
er: W. S. Owens, "The Library Admin-
istration: Today and Tomorrow."
« « *
Newman Club, Dunkers Hour, after
game, Gabriel Richard Center.
Presbyterian Student Fellowship,
Graduate Group Dinner, Oct. 9, 6:30
p.m., First Presbyterian Church. Speak-
er: Dr. Albert Hyma.

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