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THmLT SDAY, N0 VM BEE2Z, 1945'



Tradition-Steeped Marching andn s Season Sat


When the public address system re-
quests the University Marching band
to "take the field" during the half at
this Saturday's football game, that
organization will be winding up its
football season; as well as the Wol-
verine gridders.
Called "Football Band"
The marching band, known famil-
iarly as the "football band," is one
of the two units which is intimately
connected with Michigan athletics.
The other, the varsity band, is a
smaller organization which plays at

such events as basketball games dur-
ing the winter,
The strenuous season of the foot-
ball band itself includes playing for
pep rallies, as well as all home and an
occasional away game. Before the
war, the organization travelled more
extensively-in fact, during the five
years preceding 1941, the football
band covered an estimated distance
of 15,000 miles, the same as crossing
the continent once a year.
Traveled to Yale
The trips included traveling as far
away as Harvard, Pennsylvania, and

Yale, Each excursion sees a complete made by train an enwire baggage CarI
truckload of equipmnent transported is rtaken over oi eqiupiient
from Ann Arbor. On longer trips William iD. Revw-li; who caie to thet

raiiver ity in 1935 a Cirector of the
Michlgan bands, has taken over m-uchr
of the work previously done by stu-
N"10 us",


'CIII(,'L117(_' 3

RIGHT about this time every year the nation's football pulse jumps sky-
high. Conference championships are to be decided, bowl bids are in the
air, All-American and coach-of-the-year selections are coming up. This
year, the annual Army-Navy game has been added to the fever, with the
mythical national championship riding on the outcome.
Yes, this is football's real heyday. The preliminaries are over, and
the main events are all lined up. A lot of reputations will be made and
lost, a lot of greats will become has-beens, a lot of people will be made
happy, and a lot more will be temporarily heartbrokeni as America's
gridders pass in review these next two Saturdays.
A number of things have, of course, already been decided. The field
for the national championship is narrowed to two-Army and Navy, a signi-
ficant thing in our first year of peace. The Army's dynamite Davis-Blan-
chard duo is a cinch for All-American honors, along with Alabama's Harry
Gilmer. Oklahoma A. & M.'s Bob Fenimore probably has the edge on the
fourth spot.
BUT A LOT of things are still hanging fire, the Western Conference
championship, for instance. That will all be decided Saturday when
Indiana and Purdue, and Michigan and Ohio State play off the two key
contests. Indiana looks like the best bet, but either our own Wolverines or
their Saturday opponents, the Buckeyes of OSU, can enter by the back
door if Purdue can turn the tables on Bo McMillin's upstart Hoosiers.
Then there's the matter of bowl opponents. Alabama, Oklahoma
A. & M., Texas, and a few others seem set for one or another of the
post-season classics. But what about the West Coast Rose Bowl entrant?
St. Mary's had the invitation locked up until last week's setback by
UCLA. Things seem to be right back where they started in that direc-
What about Army? Will the powers that be let the mighty Cadets show
their wares in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses? And, should Army be
allowed to participate? A lot of people, including this writer, feel that to
match Army with the doubtful best on the West Coast would be to injure
seriously the reputation of the Rose Bowl tussle for sharp competitive play.
Who's the coach of the year? Bo McMillin-if he beats Purdue
next week. If he doesn't, the field will be wide open with the candi-
dates including Michigan's Fritz Crisler-if Michigan beats Ohio State.
These aren't all the issues waiting for decision, not by any means.
Practically every football team in the country, from the mightiest on down,
still has some score to settle, some championship to fight for, some indi-
vidual to place for national honor, or some other aspiration. The settle-
ment of these matters promises to make these next two weeks highly inter-
esting ones in perhaps the most interesting season in football history.

As "The Victors" sounds through the air on a clear
Saturday afternoon, the University Marching Band
strides on to the football field, hailed as one of the most
colorful symbols of the gridiron season.
Under the direction of Prof. William D. Revelli, the
band has become one of the foremost in the land. In
pre-war days, credit for their outstanding maneuvers
went to a formations committee which met with the
military manager each week of the football season.
Now, however, this committee is composed of Prof.
Revelli and the band's Student Business Managee,
Carl Snyder of Leechbarg, Pa. Newly ajijiojnted fac-
ulty Business Manriager is Wiaiter B. ' ea, Assistzat
Dean of Students,
Formations are planned on a miniature gridiron. with

liad soliers representing each man in the band. In
acital jractice, every man is given a number and a set
ol nhimecqt -aphed drawings and ain outline of intrue-
ti, il:;.
Lv suc if a iethod he knows his exact position at
" "",a"n"nt of the.maneuvers, even before the litst
thi l at Ferry Field. Possible mistakes in the forma-
tions are discovered by the use of movies taken during
each game.
Adding: to its intricate foriations on the gridiron is
Whe 'J)AWd ability to prodUce, at t Sane time, unusual
ren tditions of field inusic. Musical Itrinnmony is enhanced
ty tiik'-ilh5 unIl'iiOr ln i angeient uf strumofents in the
bai nd . istruiments arei- asseitlied in choiis, fins differ-
mg fIon the u sual mrarchin[g band prOrlw'etue,

dent coam aee: since the ar has
cut the marching band to t s cirent.
110 members, Revelli drills teI loot-
ball corps in marching four days a
week, and holds one lengthy rehearsal
devoted to the instrumental phase
No Girls Allowed
Among the traditions of the march-
ing band is the all-male membership.
Although 54 of the 110 members come
from the Naval personnel on campus,
no woman has ever been allowed to
don the official Maize and Blue uni-
form. Other bands in the Big Ten
employ girls in formations, Revelli
points out, but there are no female
drum majors at any of these schools.
Revelli approves wholeheartedly of
participation by women in the con-
cert band.
Another tradition of the organiza-
tion is playing 'The Victor" after
each Michigan touchdown acid we-ar-
ing band caps backwards of er a
Wolverine victory. When tlihese ens-
toms were started is not known, but4

the 1915 reorganization of the Uni-
versity bands furnishes a possible
Elaborate Halt
The marching band employs three
techniques which differ from those
of most other marching bands. First,
the halt is more elaborate than is
customary, with an extra flourish
added in the side kick which accom-
panies each full stop. The band also
employs a delayed step-off, marking
time before starting to march. The
complicated box counter - march,
which is found very rarely, is used
when the band wishes to "reverse its
After a man has successfully audi-
tioned for the band, he is issued
equipment which is among the most
complete in the Big Ten. If he were
ever required to don "full dress", he
would wear the complete uniform,
lopped by a raincoat, and overcoat,
a Sam Brown belt, and the inevitable
4 yellow spats.


Aging Spanish
Boxer Planninu
Return toRin

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To Stage

Uzcudtun, 46,


Associated Press Columnist
NEW YORK, Nov. 21-A little item
from Madrid, Spain, brings the dis-
.turbing information that Paolino Uz-
cudun is planning a boxing comeback,
indicating that Joe Louis hit the
Basque woodchopper even harder
than he thought, as when a man 46
years old plans to do anything except
pleasure fighting he must be suffer-
ing from dizzy spells at the least.
K.O.'d By Louis
Ten years ago Louis, then an up-
and-coming youngster of 21, knocked
out the stocky Basque with the eye-
test name in the fourth round, and
the Brown Bomber since has reck-
oned that the right he landed on Pao-
lino's mouth was the hardest punch
he ever hit anybody, although per-
sonally we favor that blow with
which he felled Lpu Nova at Yankee
Stadium. If Joe tDiMaggio had been
out in center field that night he could
have caught Lou on the first bounce.
That Paolino's announced plan is
not taken too seriously by other
heavyweights in Spain is indicated by
the fact they apparently are licking
their chops in anticipation of a feast
at the expense of the antique battler.
Many have indicated a willingness
to face Paolina, and Fidel Arciniega
of Bilbao has issued a formal chal-
A Little Late
If the burly woodchopper is serious
about his plans,he is making an error
in timing. He is coming back at the
time Louis is ready to come back. If
Paolino had been around the past
two or three years he might have
done all right, as some of the heavy-
weights who headlined war-time bills,
couldn't get out of their own way in
a pasture.
To give an idea of just how ancient
Paolino is, speaking from a boxing'
standpoint, he was at the fag end of
his career when he met Louis, and
Louis was really just getting started.
Joe started his pro career in July,
1934. That's 11 years ago, and they
say the Bomber is past his peak now
because of the inroads of age and
Fought Old Timers
Paolina really is a relic of another
era, and names of his opponents in
those by-gone days will summon
memories to the veteran fight fans.
Fighters such as Phil Scott, and
Homer Smith, and Knute Hansen,
and Otto Von Porat, and Jack Ren-
ault, and K. O. Christner.


'YES Cagers D )efCeat
Roinuihsi (rew
By53-26 Tally
Four Men Walk Away
'With Scoring Honors
Playing a return scrimmage game
with the Romulus Air Base basketball
team latt night, the Wolverine cagers
put on a second period burst of scor-
- F ing power to chalk up their second
. GAUGHRTY victory against the Flyers, by a 53-26,
Left Half count.
Four High Scorers
Four men, three Wolverines and
one Air Base boy, shared highscoring
honors. Keith Harder, Bill Dietrich,
and Dave Strack chalked up eight
points apiece for the Maize and Blue,
while Bob Coberly potted a similar
amount of field goals for the Flyers.
Michigan's starting lineup was
. composed of Glen Selbo and John
Mullaney at the forward posts, Dave
,track and I-arold Westerman han-
dling the guard assignments, and Bob
Harrison anichoring the teai at cen-
T et At The nah'
Play was -low tI ircughout lie first
half. Tie Romulus cagers put up a
stubborn battle, while Coach Bar-
clay's men couldn't seem to find
themselves. When the half-time
whistle blew the squads were dead-
..: locked, 18-18.
,Mil ES An entirely revamped Maize and
Coach Blue quintet started the second pe-
riod. Martin Feinberg 'and Ray
~i. Louthen took over at the forward
berth;, Bill Gregor and Walt Kell,
stepped in at the guard spots, and
Keith Harder replaced Harrison at
Harder, Dietrich Star
Playing fast and fancy basketball
in the last frame, Barclay's men
surged ahead of the tiring Romulus
five to wind up the match 27 points
--. in the lead. Harder and Dietrich
T. DI ON paced the winners with point-grab-
Rigt Tackle bing scoring bursts. -
Last night's victory over the Flyers
was the fourth Maize and Blue win of
>>F° the current sea ~n. In a previous
practice match with Romulus, Bar-
clay's men came out on the long end
of a 65-37 tally. -
Following this, the Wolverines met
and defeated the Dow Chemical com-
pany quintet, in their second prac-
tice tilt of the year. On Nov. 16,
I: Michigan officially opened the 1945-
46 cage season with a victory over
T. WATSON its first scheduled opponent, Central
Right End Michigan.

85,000 Expected To Watch Tilt; Collapse
Of Several Attendance Records Predicted

. . . HeadC

(Continued from Page 1)
neglecting the offensive phases o
the game. No scouts of future op-
ponents will be in the press box
Saturday for this, the final contest
of the season, so Crisler's lads can
be expected to shoot the works
against the Bucks with every-,
thing in their arsenal.
Among other things, the game will
assure a number of new turnstile rec-
ords. Every ticket has been sold,
meaning that more than 85,000 fans
will be on hand when the opening
whistle blows.
Those 85,000, or more, will be
enough to smash the old season
total attendance figure and the
season net receipts record as well.
The latter will top the half-million
dollar mark, according to Clhe Ath-
letic Department.
Whether the throng will also topple
the single game attendance record re-
mains to be seen. The largest crowd
in the books, 86,403, saw Michigan

lose to Notre Dame here in 1943. It
is possible that figure may be bettered
Still in the realm of crowd sta-
tistics, Saturday's clash will also,
mark the Wolverines' third appear-
ance before a capacity turnout this
seasen. The Minnesota tilt here,
three weeks ago, was a sellout as
was the Michigan-Navy game in
Baltimore. Yankee Stadium was
not quite filled for the Michigan-
Army tussle.
It is not surprising that Ohio State
will be the third eleven to engage the
Wolverines before a full house. Four
of the eight 80,000-plus crowds on
record here have been Michigan-Ohio
State crowds, indicating the tremen-
dous interest in the long, traditional
rivalry between the two schools.
Saturday's game will be the forty-
second of the series. Of the previous
41, Michigan has won 26 and lost 12.
Three contests ended in ties.

Wolverines To Throw
Everything t Buckeyes


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