The Michigan Daily Friday, January 22, 1982 s Page6
Super Sunday features 'M' band
By RANDY BERGER
If students knew at the beginning of
the year that the Michigan Band would
be playing at the Super Bowl in Pontiac
this Sunday, band director Eric Becher
would probably have found 40,000
anxious Michigan students at his office
door asking for auditions.
Becher and the 250-member mar-
ching band will be the subject of much
envy from thousands of students and
millions of viewers as they get free
tickets to the most extravagant spor-
ting event of the year. To earn their
seats behindthe end zone, the band will
perform duringpre-game and post-
"IT WILL BE an event most of us
may never ever see live again," said
equipment manager and trumpet
player Dan Meyer. "It's no more ex-
citing than going to the Rose Bowl but
it's something we'll never forget."
This will not mark the first time a
Michigan Band has played at a Super
Bowl. In 1972 the band performed
during halftime of the game played in
the Los Angeles Coliseum. That per-
formance along with the show the band
put on this year at a Detroit Lion's
Monday night game, impressed the
NFL enough to invite the bandsmen to
this year's Super Bowl.
The band will play its traditional 'M'
Fanfare, "Pontiac You're Coming
Alive," this year's Super Bowl theme
song, "America" by Neil Diamond,
"One Voice" by Barry Manilow, and
"Fun and Games" by Chuck Mangione.
In "Fun and Games" four soloists will
be featured, one at each corner of the
field. Jim Nissen and Meyer will be on
trumpets while Steve Roberts and Jim
Sithan will be playing trombones.
"IT WILL BE one of the most ex-
citing moments in my life to be playing
solo at the Super Bowl," explained
Their Super Bowl performance will
conclude what has been a very busy
year for the band. Besides playing in the
Rose and Bluebonnet Bowls, the mar-
chers played at the Gerald Ford
Dedication in Grand Rapids and on a
-Bob Hope Special. Normally the band
does not get together in the winter term
but a Super Bowl invitation was enough
to lure the members away from their
"It's been tough on the students
because they usually take harder
classes this term," said Becher. "The
only convenient time we could arrange
to practice was at night."
THEIR HARD work, though, may
pay off for future Michigan Bands.
Although it is not definite, there is a
good chance that CBS will put the band
on TV which means added exposure for
"CBS asked us to tell them what kind
of shots we want," added Becher. "We
have a choice of picking end zone,
sideline or closeup shots. It looks like
they're making efforts to put us on."
For those who can't wait until Sunday
to see the band's performance, ,there
will be plenty of opportunities before
then to watch them show their stuff. On
Friday night at 8:00 the band will be
performing in the School of Music
College free concert at Hill Auditorium.
The event will be part of the Mid-
western Band and Orchestra Conferen-
ce being held this week.
"It will be two halves of non-ending
music because they'll have two
stages," explained Becher. "Once an
ensemble finishes on one stage, a dif-
ferent group will start right up on the
Along with the concert Friday night,
some of the members of the band will
be performing at the CBS tailgate party
at the Detroit Renaissance Center on
Wake Forest sinks
No. 1 N. Carolina
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)- Mike Helms' jumper from the top of the key
with 2:11 left and Anthony Teachey's four free throws in the final 30 seconds
led Wake Forest a 55-48 upset over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Nor-
th'Carolina last night.
North Carolina had won its 13 games this season. It was the second con-
secutive victory for Wake Forest on the Tar Heels' homecourt.
Wolverine women nip Purdue, 70-68
Special to the Daily
WEST LAFAYETTE- The Michigan women's basketball team defeated
Purdue last night, 70-68. The Wolverines' Diane Dietz scored the winner with
two seconds left in regulation play.
The victory improves the Wolverines' record to 10-4 overall and 2-1 versus
Big Ten teams while Purdue fell to 6-7 and 0-2 versus Big Ten opponents.
The Boilermakers were leading 68-66 with 1:10 to go on two free throws
from Sue Bertz. Michigan tied the score at 68-68, then Dietz put in the winner.
Michigan travels to Kentucky Saturday to take on the Wildcats.
Bruce developing into world-class sprinter
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By SARAH SHERBER
For the majority of college athletes,
training and practice started years
before they received their four-year
Then there's Andrew Bruce.
THE TRINIDAD native didn't start
competing in track until his senior year
of high school. Now, in his final year on
the Michigan track team, Bruce has
developed into one of the strongest and
most consistent runners on the squad.
In the two years between high school
and his first semester at Michigan,
Bruce trained and competed in inter-.
Bruce came to the United States for
several reasons. "There are more
facilities here and more, I would say,
instant medical attention," said the
THE MAIN factor that lured Bruce to
Michigan was assistant track coach
Kent Bernard, who also hails from
Trinidad. Another reason is the strong
academic program at Michigan.
While running for the Wolverines,
Bruce has developed into a world-class
sprinter. He currently holds four Big
Ten titles and his times for the 300-
meter indoor (33.8) and 100-meter out-
door (10.25) dashes are also conference
records. His time for the 300-meter
event is also an NCAA record.
Bruce's list of accomplishments do
not stop in the Big Ten. In 1980 he
travelled to Moscow as a member of the
.Trinidad Olympic team. And though he
admits he was "just a competitor"
during the games, he did advance to the
semi-finals.in the 200-meter dash.
"IT IS SUPPOSED to be my biggest
thrill," said Bruce about his Olympic
experience. "I was disappointed by a
lot of people not showing - but it was the
The thinclad is now setting his sights
on the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
"They say as you get older, you get
stronger. In '84 1 should be at a pretty
ripe age," Bruce said. "I plan, to be
there in L.A. not just as a competitor,
but as a contender for a medal."
IN THE MEANTIME Bruce must
settle for the rigorous Michigan
He has qualified for the NCAA indoor
meet quarter-mile and as a leg of the
mile relay team. This time in 440-yard
dash (47.7) was just half a second off of
the Big Ten record.
"We expect him to qualify in the 60
(yard dash)," said men's track coach
THE NEXT step for Bruce, according
to Harvey would be "to get some points
in terms of national competition."
For his last year as a collegiate run-
ner, Bruce has set some goals of his
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own. "I would like to decrease my
times," said the former Olympian.
"I'm on my way out. I want to leave my
Bruce's strongest competition might
come from his own team.
"Butch (Woolfolk) is my main com-
petition in the sprints," admitted
HARVEY concurred, saying, "Butch
can give him competition in the 200-
"He (Woolfolk) has never put in a full
year of running," noted Harvey.
Woolfolk has always entered the season
late because of post-season football
games and left early for spring prac-
This year the halfback will not have
the burden of football spring training
and can concentrate entirely on rune
Harvey realized the training that is
still necessary for Woolfolk. "He will
not b ready to give him (Bruce) com
petition in the indoors," Harvey said,
but added that there wag still the out-
Bruce admits having a "desire to
play football," adding that things would
have been different if he were born
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
Sports Information Photo
TRINIDAD NATIVE ANDREW Bruce-leads the pack through the turn at a
recent track meet. The former Olympian has brought to Michigan the talent
that took him to Moscow for the 1980 games.
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