|Michigan Marching Band|
|School||University of Michigan|
|Location||Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.|
|Assistant Director||Richard Frey|
|Practice field||Elbel Field|
|Fight song||"The Victors"|
The Michigan Marching Band (also known as the University of Michigan Marching Band or simply MMB) is the official marching band of the University of Michigan. The band performs at all Michigan Wolverines football home games, select away games, and numerous concerts, pep rallies, and parades. As a student musical ensemble, the MMB evolved from the original Michigan Band of twenty-two players in 1896 to today's band of over 400 members.
Though there is evidence of one or more bands formed at the University of Michigan between 1844 and 1859, there no continuous link between those early groups and the organization of a 22-member university band by Harry dePont on November 13, 1896. From its start, the band received no financial support from the university. The band's first performance was for the Law School's observance of Washington's Birthday on February 22, 1897. University president James Burrill Angell granted dePont's request for rehearsal space in Room A of University Hall, and by 1898 the band was being referred to as the "University of Michigan Band" and performed at football games. 
The ensemble disbanded in early 1903, but reunited that fall. Eugene J. Fischer became the band's conductor with the start of the 1906 season. During Wilfred Wilson's subsequent tenure as director, membership in the band grew to nearly 100 musicians and the university allocated permanent space for the band's use in Morris Hall. Nicholas Falcone was appointed as conductor in 1927. The band became an adjunct part of the University in 1929.
During the Michigan-Ohio State football game in 1932, the MMB first performed a "script Ohio". That field formation was subsequently embellished by the Ohio State University Marching Band, which continues to perform a similar field routine today. The band performed at the Century of Progress exhibition in Chicago in October 1933.
On August 26, 1935, while Bernard Hirsch was serving as Acting Conductor during Nicholas Falcone's medical leave due to hearing loss, the university offered Falcone's position to William D. Revelli who accepted. By 1942, the band had been "voted 'All-American Band' by the nation's sportswriters" for two consecutive years. The band was able to continue performing during the years of World War II. The band's home was relocated to Harris Hall in 1946.
Life Magazine featured the band's New York City performance in its October 30, 1950, edition that included an Alfred Eisenstadt photograph of children marching behind drum major Dick Smith. During Homecoming Weekend in November 1950, sixty-five former Michigan bandsmen attended a reunion which resulted in the formation of the University of Michigan Band Alumni Association. In 1953, the Alumni Band began to join the regular band playing and marching at the Homecoming pre-game and halftime shows. George R. Cavender was appointed as Assistant Director of Bands for the University of Michigan in 1952. The band was featured on a color broadcast of the "Today Show" with host Dave Garroway in October 1955. The MMB performed in the so-called "Snow Bowl" game against Ohio State in late November, and later traveled by train to perform in the 1951 Rose Bowl.
Starting in 1961, the Symphony Band recorded several music albums released by Vanguard Records that were credited to "University of Michigan Band." These albums documented the continued, functional specialization of the various ensembles comprising the Michigan Bands at that time. The Varsity Band played at basketball games and campus affairs. The Symphony Band performed in more traditional concert settings. The Marching Band performed at football games. The band received new uniforms, percussion equipment, and fiberglass sousaphones in 1962. The annual Band-O-Rama concert was first held in November 1964. The band performed its "Peace Show" at the nationally televised Michigan-Ohio State football game in 1969. The MMB also performed at the 1970 Rose Bowl following the 1969 season.
In 1970, Carl Grapentine became the "Voice of the Michigan Bands" and is now also the "Voice of Michigan Stadium." The performance block had grown to 210 members. Dr. Revelli retired from the band in the summer of 1971, succeeded by Cavender. Women were allowed to join the marching band starting in 1972. The MMB performed as part of the halftime show at 1973's Super Bowl VII, collaborating with Woody Herman and Andy Williams. A new facility, named Revelli Hall, was built to house the marching band. The MMB's practice field formally known as Wines Field was renamed Elbel Field. Cavender retired in 1979 and was succeeded by Glenn Richter. The MMB performed at the 1972, 1977, and 1978 Rose Bowl games, as well as at the 1976 Orange Bowl game. The 1978 Rose Bowl performance featured the first public performance of the John Williams' musical score to the movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Eric Becher succeeded Richter as the MMB's conductor in 1980. The band appeared on the television special, A Bob Hope Celebration on October 22, 1981. In 1982, the MMB performed in Super Bowl XVI and was selected as the inaugural winner of the Sudler Trophy. The MMB also performed at the final game of the 1984 World Series in Tiger Stadium and survived a mob attack in the riot that followed. In 1989, Jerry Luckhardt became the MMB's conductor. The MMB performed at the 1981, 1983, 1987, and 1989 Rose Bowl games.
Dr. Gary Lewis became Director of the MMB in 1990. On November 20, 1992, the MMB appeared as musical guests on the ABC television variety show, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee. Jeff Grogan directed the band for the 1995 season. Dr. Kevin Sedatole was appointed as Director of the MMB in 1996, with Grogan remaining as Assistant Director. Dr. James Tapia was appointed as Director of the MMB in 1999. The band performed at the 1990 Rose Bowl.
In 2001, Jamie L. Nix was hired as the 13th Director of the MMB. That same year, the MMB elected Karen England as its first female Drum Major. On January 2, 2007, having performed at the Rose Bowl the previous day, the Michigan Marching Band attended the arrival of President Gerald Ford's body in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The MMB honored President Ford's funeral procession with somber performances of "The Yellow and Blue" and "The Victors." Dr. Scott Boerma succeeded Nix as director of the band that same year.
In 2013, Dr. John Pasquale became Director of the MMB. He replaced Dr. Scott Boerma, who announced his resignation as director following the 2013 Outback Bowl to take the position of Director of Bands at his alma mater, Western Michigan University. Dr. Andrea Brown was hired as the band's Associate Director, becoming the first female Associate Director at the University of Michigan. In 2015, the band collaborated with conductor Alan Gilbert and the brass section of the New York Philharmonic for a halftime performance consisting of 1,000 performers.
|Year||Past Directors:||Year||Past Drum Majors:|
|1896||Roy P. Warren||1897||Fredrick Lawrence Travers|
|1897||Lewellyn L. Renwick||1913||George Olsen|
|1900||Allen Lynn Darr||1914-15|
|1903-04||William Hoffman||1916-20||Eugene A. Osius|
|1904||August Schmidt||1921-22||John P. Lawton|
|1906-14||Eugene "Ike" Fisher||1923||Paul R. Sellards|
|1914-15||Herbert E. Richards||1924||Robert V. Halsey|
|1915-26||Captain Wilfred Wilson||1925-27||Gordon Packer|
|1926-27||Norman Larson||1928||Joe Narrin, Roger Kenneth Becker|
|1927-36||Nicholas Falcone||1928-29||Joe Narrin|
|1934-35||Bernard Hirsch ("Acting Conductor")||1930-32||Frank O. Riley|
|1935-71||William D. Revelli||1933-34||Donald A. Strouse|
|1971-79||George R. Cavender||1935||Robert W. Fox|
|1979-80||Glenn Richter||1936||Frederick N. Wiest|
|1980-89||Eric A. Becher||1937-38||Robert W. Fox|
|1989-90||Jerry Luckhardt||1939||Gilbert Stevenson, John "Jack" Sherrill|
|1990-95||Gary J. Lewis||1940||John "Jack" Sherrill|
|1995-96||Jeff Grogan||1941||Lynn Stedman|
|1996-99||Kevin L. Sedatole||1942||Lynn Stedman, Pat McNaughton|
|1999-2001||James R. Tapia||1943||Lynn Stedman|
|2001-06||Jamie L. Nix||1944||Douglas Clark|
|2007-12||Scott Boerma||1945||Douglas Clark, John Harold Packer|
|2013-||John Pasquale||1946||Lynn Stedman|
|1954||Vic Walton, Gurdon "Champ" Patton|
|1955-57||Gurdon "Champ" Patton|
|1965||Dave Smith, Lynn Cooper|
|1966||Dave Smith, Dick Follett|
|1969||Dave Smith, Mark Brown|
|2009–10||David Hines, Jr.|
Thus, in 1914, the Band gained official recognition and became a unit of the University.Alt URL
In addition to preparing and performing new pre-game and half-time shows for all home games, the Michigan Marching Band plays numerous concerts, pep rallies, and parades
Open to all U-M students, including those at Dearborn and Flint, the Michigan Marching Band has thrilled hundreds of thousands of fans with exciting performances for more than 100 years...
On the night of November 13, 1896, twenty-two musicians...
The band consists of about 400 members in all...
...in 1844 occurred the first known mention of the band... in 1859 a group of fifteen music-minded students organized themselves...
Much of the early data on the Band has been lost, however... Unfortunately, all too little is known about the Band between the time of the Civil War and the turn of the century... According to a short history written by Henri P. dePont ('02), who played the cornet, the first genuine University Band was organized in the fall of 1896.Alt URL
Students will take the U of M Band to Chicago.
This fluid group divides itself into different units. The University of Michigan Marching Band plays at all the home football games and travels with the team to off-campus games.
A tried and true U-M tradition, Band-O-Rama: True Blue! celebrates its 54th anniversary with a mixture of classic repertoire from many musical genres including traditional favorites for fans of all things blue.
For 210 band members, the trip to the Rose Bowl will take work and concentrated effort.
...Carl has been the "stadium voice" of the University of Michigan Marching Band for forty-eight seasons – his voice being heard on national telecasts of sixteen Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006, he also assumed the responsibilities of game announcer at Michigan Stadium.
...the LSJUMB gained national notoriety at the 1972 Rose Bowl when several members of the Stanford band ran through the Michigan marching formations during a practice session, tossed footballs around and allegedly threw rocks at some of the Michigan bandsmen.
Conductor of the University of Michigan marching band George Cavender is proud of what he has lined up for the 1978 Rose Bowl, which will feature the first public performance of the musical score to "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
...the high-stepping University of Michigan Marching Band plays its fight song and exits around Bob when he enters.
Diana Ross sang the national anthem and Up With People and the University of Michigan marching band performed at half-time.
Due to their reputation for excellence, the band again performed at a Detroit Lions game at the Pontiac Silverdome and provided entertainment at Tiger Stadium the night Detroit clinched the World Series.
The crowd attacked the bus that carried the Michigan Marching Band, breaking every window.
1983 The Rose Bowl... Following the Michigan Band's performance at halftime...
The Michigan band plays during their 15-22 loss to Arizona State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The drum section of the 225-member Michigan Marching Band warms up before marching in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
...Gifford entered the arena... with Philbin at her side and the marching band behind.
Kevin Sedatole will assume the duties of director in July. Jeff Grogan, who has served the band as interim marching band director this past year, will become the assistant director.
Just as the Michigan marching band strikes up a preamble to impending victory...
LSA senior Karen England of Greenville made her debut as the band's first female drum major Saturday.
Nix left his post after last season to study for a doctoral degree at the University of Miami.
John Pasquale, assistant director of bands and associate director of marching and athletic bands, was named Wednesday as the next director of Michigan Marching and Athletics Bands, the Band announced on its Facebook page Wednesday. Pasquale will replace Scott Boerma, who resigned from the position on Jan. 8. to accept a position as director of bands at Western Michigan University, his alma mater.
Brown is the first female in University history to be selected for this position...
The performance is at the Wolverines homecoming game against Northwestern on Oct. 10 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Michigan announced Friday that New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert will conduct the brass section during the show.
[Roy P.] Warren was elected director.
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Summary: A behind-the-scene story which shows the practice and drilling required to train the University of Michigan's 150-men marching band for their performance at each football game.