By ALAN FANGER
For Guy Bordo, the dream turned out
to be anything but a disappointment.
As a child, Bordo harbored a rather
unique fantasy-that of someday
becoming the drum major of the world-
famous Michigan Marching Band.
Growing up in Ann Arbor only fueled
the intensity of his dream. He spent
many afternioons in Michigan Stadium
watching, listening, and enveloping
himself in every note, measure, and
movement of the musical troupe.
And now, thousands of backbends,
lively steps, and swift marches later,,
Bordo admits his colorful childhood
visions materialized quite nicely.
"I've been very lucky. I don't know
how it could be any better," said Bordo,
who will march in his 37th and final
game New Year's Day when Michigan
faces Washington in the 67th Rose
"I feel like I've had my turn. I've
been given a lotof opportunities. The
band and everybody connected with it
have been great to me. It's hard to
describe how you feel when you look
back on everything."
Bordo has held down the drum major
position for three years: In September
of his sophomore year, he defeated
seven other challengers to fill the spot
that was left vacated by the graduation
of Jeff Wilkins. The next two years he
handily won re-election, but Bordo ex-
plained that among drum majors, the
power of incumbency is just
"There are more people trying out for
it (the position) when it turns over," he
said. "It's difficult to beat someone who
has been there. They have gone through
all the work and have the experience.
, the man up
Rose Bowl nostalgic
for senior drum major
Band members realize that." little uncomfortable and always con-
It is with some trepidation that Bordo scions of what you're doing and how
looked back upon his debut as drum people are looking at it."
major. He stood in the tunnel, crammed Following that tense initial season,
in among the sweaty bodies of the 250- Bordo explained that he began to gain
member band, and gazed in fright at some confidence and molded into the
the thousands of Michigan Stadium leadership role that accompanies a
fans who were frantically anticipating position of such stature within the band.
the band's charge onto the sun- "My responsibilities are really in
drenched artificial turf. He would be rehearsal more than in the game it-
leading them. self," he said. "They (the director and
"The night before I was petrified. assistants) use me like an assistant as
far as teaching and drilling the band.
You're the student leader of the group;
you're there to help them get the most
"The whole Rose Bowl out of 10 hours of rehearsal a week."
Preparation for this year's Rose
experience is a lot ofJfun- Bowl-Bordo's second as drum major
The last time we were out and third as band member-have been
intense, he said. But Bordo quickly ad-
there we played a lot of ded that all the sweat and drain are well
pe rfo rm a n ce s a nd we worth the opportunity to return to
were very well-received." "The whole Rose Bowl experience is
-Guy Bordo a lot of fun. The last time we were out
G" r there we played a lot of performances,
and we were very well-received," said
When we got into the tunnel, (Marching While this trip West promises to be as
Band Conductor) Eric Becher was with enjoyable as the previous two Bordo
us-he was a grad assistant back has taken, he said some feelings of
then-and he was right behind me. I nostalgia and sentimentality are bound
turned around and said, 'I don't want to ,to creep onto the scene as he leaves the
go out there.' - giant stadium around dusk.
Bordo said that during a drum "It will be kind of sad. It's something
major's first year on the job, "you're you grow into," said Bordo. "After a
wondering what's going on. You feel a while, it's hard to look at the last one
and say-this really is the last."
Bordo will not be left without things to
do following the Rose Bowl, however.
He'll be busy conducting the newly-
formed women's basketball band, while
playing in both the men's basketball
and symphony units. To top it off, he'll
be student teaching at his alma mater,
Following his graduation, Bordo said
he plans to pursue a master's degree in
music education and a career as a mar-
ching band conductor, of all things.
DETROIT (AP)-Marcel Dionne's
second-period goal broke a tie and gave
the Los Angeles Kings a 2-1 National
Hockey League victory over the Detroit
Red Wings last night.
The goal also lifted Dionne past
teammate Charlie Simmer into the
NHL scoring lead with 54 points on 23
goals and 31 assists.
Dan Bonar gave Los Angeles a 1-0 fir-
st-period lead when he took an errant
Detroit pass off the boards, skated
around Dale McCourt and jammed the
puck into the lower corner of the net
past Red Wing goalie Giles Gilbert.
Kings goalie Mario Lessard was
tested repeatedly early in the second
period-and each time he was equal to
it-until 9:47 when Detroit defenseman
Reed Larson beat him on a blazing slap
shot from just outside the blue line.
The Kings regained the lead at 1834
of the second period when Dionne, on a
breakaway, beat Gilbert cleanly on a
hard 20-footer from the top of the left
Despite four second-period power-
play opportunities, the Red Wings only
outshot the Kings 8-4 in the period,
drawing a chorus of boos from the
11,628 at Joe Louis Arena.
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