As many of you may know, the band and FoTB (mostly just me, really) are working on compiling a history of the ensemble since 1919. I’ll be posting topical pieces here to give the band and its alumni a taste of what is being uncovered of the group’s rich and storied past. Given the flurry of events this week, and hopefully into the coming weeks, I thought I’d take a look at the band’s relationship with the game of basketball.
The band’s relationship with basketball is almost as old as the band itself. The Daily Princetonian tells us that the band, looking for ways to occupy itself during the off-season, played at its first basketball game on January 28, 1920 against Penn (sucks) in University Gymnasium, just a few months after being founded. The band, clad only in plainclothes for these early events, continued to play at most home contests from then on, weathering games in frosty Baker Rink when University Gym burnt down, and decades of games in Dillon Gymnasium as Princeton grew into a mid-major powerhouse and perennial “giant killer” in the NCAA Tournament.
So despite it being Reading Period, and then Dean’s Date, and then Finals Week the PUB has still been keeping busy playing at hockey and basketball games, and encouraging hardworking procrastinators into the last hours of Dean’s Date!
Peyton Cline ’13 plays trombone ontop of Jeff Bagdis ’08 at the Men’s Hockey game against Union. The Tigers would go on to lose the game 3-7.
Ambushing students on the 3rd Floor of Frist on Dean’s Date Eve.Read More