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2 Truths and a Lie… Bandie Edition!

I’m constantly amazed by the incredible diversity of experiences and interests that our band has, and every time I think I know what the band as a whole is like, I find out something new. This group of people is remarkably weird and unique, and this post is dedicated to highlighting some of this in the current membership.

Listed below are a number of different bandies. Each gave me 2 truths and a lie about themselves. Your job is to figure out which is the lie! Answers are at the bottom. Or, you can take the quiz here.

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Jeeves E. ’18

  1. He knew how to play all the major brass instruments coming into Princeton.
  2. He used to need glasses, but then his eyes got better on their own.
  3. He feels colors when he looks at numbers.

mariel

Mariel V. ’16

  1. She has worked over 20 Theatre Intime shows.
  2. She knows a classified government secret.
  3. She was once featured on TV for being amazing at Sudoku.

Carolyn B. ’18

  1. She has never eaten peanut butter.
  2. After Princeton, she plans to become a priest.
  3. She got a tattoo at age 7.

adam

Adam K. ’19

  1. He was once swept out by the ocean while jumping waves despite both his parents holding his hands.
  2. When first learning to drive, he got on a highway on a left lane merge and was too nervous to switch lanes, so he stayed in the left lane for 20 miles until a left exit came up.
  3. He was once in a race where the starting gun needed to be reloaded while it was raining which then turned into hail, but stopped by the time the gun was reloaded.

Abhiram K. ’19

  1. He was almost run over by a cement mixer… twice.
  2. He has a pilot’s license.
  3. He won an award in high school for “Best Cowboy Storyteller”.

erika

Erika D. ’17

  1. She was a 2-time state Latin Oratory champion.
  2. She is a black diamond skier.
  3. She has climbed a Hawaiian volcano.

angeline

Angeline J. ’16

  1. She was once on a sinking boat.
  2. She has been identified as a “wanted person” to PSafe officers.
  3. She owns a digeridoo.

Maria

Maria W. ’18

  1. She learned to swim before age 2.
  2. She fed a lion on her trip to Africa.
  3. She toured Europe with a band once.

vanessa

Vanessa S. ’16

  1. She once threw an icicle and hit a kid in the head with it.
  2. She almost set her house on fire.
  3. She has lifted an anaconda with her bare hands in the Amazon.

bennett

Bennett M. ’16

  1. He was once detained by Czech police without his passport.
  2. He listed Wikipedia as his favorite website on his Princeton application.
  3. He comes from a long line of bagpipers.

Nick

And finally, Nick R. ’18

  1. He has only ever seriously injured himself once, playing volleyball in high school with 3rd graders.
  2. He is an official member of the Orange Julius Fan club.
  3. He was once in a long-distance relationship without realizing it.

Jeeves: 1 is the lie! He has number-color synesthesia. He has taught himself mello, tuba, and trumpet while at Princeton.

Mariel: 3 is the lie! She worked as a US Senate Page one summer, and the emergency procedures for the Capitol that she had to learn are technically classified. She wasn’t featured for being amazing at Sudoku, but her math teacher was featured on TV for using Sudoku as a learning supplement, and she was in the clip.

Carolyn: 1 is the lie! She has eaten peanut butter, but only at the doctor’s when closely monitored by an allergist. Her brother has a severe nut allergy, so she grew up without nuts.

Adam: 2 is the lie! When first getting on the highway while learning to drive, he gripped the steering wheel really hard, but he didn’t stick in the left lane for that long.

Abhiram: 2 is the lie! Twice, he was practicing driving and failed to see a cement mixer coming at him in the intersection.

Erika: 3 is the lie! She hasn’t climbed a Hawaiian volcano, but really wants to!

Angeline: 1 is the lie! If you visit Australia, by definition you basically have to bring back a digeridoo. Her being called a “wanted person” was related to the Band Van and damage to a University vehicle.

Maria: 2 is the lie! She went on a tour with American Music Abroad, and the group went around to 5 different countries and played and did touristy things. She did go to Africa, and did feed elephants, giraffes, and alpacas, but no lions :(.

Vanessa: 1 is the lie! Rice-a-Roni and not enough water almost led to a house fire. She was assisted by 10 other people in lifting the anaconda, but it still counts! And while she never hit anyone in the head with an icicle, her roommate did!

Bennett: 3 is the lie! He got lost on his way to a hostel in Prague on an IIP and wandered into a no-pedestrian tunnel, thinking it would take him across the river. In actuality, it took him 2 miles out of the city in the wrong direction. About a mile in, he realized he was probably not supposed to be there, and the cops were waiting for him on the way out, charged him 1000 CzK (about $50) and gave him a ride to the hostel. The Scottish side of his family comes via Cuba, where they engaged in more revolutions than bag-piping.

Nick: 1 is the lie! The Orange Julius club had a free application with guaranteed acceptance, and now they send him coupons every month via email. He didn’t break his wrist, he fractured it, and it was while playing Duck, Duck, Goose. For the truth about him being in a long distance relationship without knowing it, I’ll let Nick explain in his own words:

“A few years ago in early high school, I sent a friend of mine in England a generic Valentine’s Day message, generic to the extent that my best friend in high school described it as, “I could’ve sent it to my sister.” My friend responded with a pretty long response that I wasn’t quite sure how to interpret, so I just continued emailing her as normal without asking. That was a very big, very stupid mistake; turns out she was actually trying to declare her love for me and took my lack of asking for interpretation as my acceptance of it, thus starting a long-distance relationship that I wasn’t aware of.
Around summertime we ended up not talking as often due to my not being online as often, and she got heartbroken. She sent me an email out of the blue towards the end of August of that year that said that she was upset and has found someone else to be with, which was the first time I had heard that we were apparently together for seven months.
Looking back on it now, I realize that there were various things she did and said that should have cued me that she thought we had a deeper relationship than just friendship (for instance, her signing every email with “all my love,” or extensive conversations about what we’d do if she visited America or I visited Britain), but I was even more oblivious to things then than I am now. At the time I thought that she was overreacting a bit, but the more I think about it to this day, the more awful I feel about the whole situation. I sent her a heartfelt apology, but she never responded to it; in fact, the whole situation was never brought up again (which I don’t know if that’s for better or for worse, frankly).
I haven’t heard from her in a long time now, but I hope she’s alright. Last I heard, she was going to try to get into the fashion industry (which involved moving stateside) and she was still with the same boyfriend that she “broke up” with me for (making a five- or six-year relationship between them). As for me, I still say that I’ve never been in a relationship before, though I apparently was at one point with a smart, funny, good-looking English girl.”

 

How many did you get right?

*Photo credits for Angeline, Maria, Vaness, and Nick to Lucinda P. ’18

Our Basketball Ivy O-PENN-er

Ah January, a time for coldness, finals period, and a trip to the Palestra.

That’s right, the band took its annual basketball trip into Philadelphia to support both Tiger teams as they faced off against the Quakers (who I think are still dorks?). Our first road trip under the new officer corps went fairly smoothly, and we successfully arrived at the Palestra with plenty of time to spare. Greeted by a friendly event security guy who let us into the gym, we sauntered into our seat. We were shoved into a corner, as usual, presumably because Penn fans can’t handle the awesomeness of the band, but what we lacked in proximity to the court we made up for in loudness of cheering and playing.

The day started off weird when we left the gym shortly before the game and met the Penn band outside, where we jointly rehearsed the Star Spangled Banner. Penn wanted us to jointly play it before the women’s game, presumably because their numbers were pretty tiny as it was their break. We obliged, and our combined forces were magnificent and beautiful. Of course, we like to think that was mostly us, but I don’t think the Penn band made it any worse.

Princenn University Band?
Preparing to play the SSB with our combined bands!

After a rousing tribute to country and school, the band headed back to our corner, where we cheered on the phenomenal women’s basketball team. It was a strange game, with remarkably little scoring happening in the entire first quarter.

Scoring got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low
A full 4 minutes into play and the score was only 2-0!

Eventually though the teams got going, and they stayed neck and neck the whole game. There were many jeers and cheers from the band, in typical fashion, and we wiggled our fingers as intensely as possible to give the Tigers all possible luck in their free throws.

Wiggle wiggle wiggle
Roland F. ‘19, Mariel V. ‘16, and Graham R. ‘15 intensely finger wiggling. Photo credit to Yash H. ’18

The game came down to the wire, but unfortunately the Penn women pulled just ahead of the Tigers to eke out a 2-point win.

The band ambled around for a bit between games, getting food and generally recovering from the very emotional and high-intensity game.

Nap time!
Erika D. ‘17, Angeline J. ‘16, and Tom R. ‘18 recuperating from an emotionally gruelling women’s game.

Not to be worn out, however, the band geared up for their second game, supporting the men’s team against Penn.  This rivalry has been one of the most intense in the Ivy League, and Penn clearly recognized this, with a  scoreboard in their gym dedicated to keeping track of their record against Princeton.

16 games from now, this board won't look so favorable to Penn
The unfortunate standing of the Princeton and Penn men’s basketball teams. If this were a scoreboard of the bands, it would look like 0 – 232

The men’s game got off to a much more typical start, with a reasonable amount of points scored, but this just fuelled the bands even more. The game was equally as intense as the women’s game and equally close. In fact, the game went into overtime because the teams were completely tied up when the clock ran out, and so the teams (and the band) went into hyperdrive with the energy and the effort.

Dancing 101 with Instructor Kyle
Drum Major Kyle G. ‘18 grooving along with a gaggle of new friends to cheer on the band and the team. Photo Credit to Yash H. ’18

Ultimately, the Tigers pulled ahead and won against the Quakers (who, incidentally, are still dorks). The band, exhausted but filled with adrenaline, played Kiss ‘Em Goodbye and Rock Lobster in celebration of the men’s successful win before heading out. It was time to head back to the Beat Old Place of All after a very emotional but exciting day out with the basketball teams. And so we concluded another successful road trip in which the band emerged undefeated. Go Tigers!

A Welcome to the Great Class of 2019

Early every fall, under the residual heat of late summer, the Princeton University campus comes back to life as the sophomores, juniors, and seniors return to the Best Damn Place of All.  And every year, a new class of baby tigers comes to join the pack.  The members of the Princeton University Band hurried back to campus, excited to greet the frosh, the Great Class of 2019!  We played for them in the Pre-rade, and pumped them up with enough courage to serenade us at the Step Sing.

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The PUB plays at the Step Sing for the class of 2019

And best of all, we even got a chance to recruit some new members into our fun, tight-knit community!  This year, our recruiting started rather late (after our first game) since we didn’t get back to campus until mid-September, but that didn’t stop four awesome frosh from joining us for our defeat of Lafayette, breaking an 8-year first-game-losing streak.

Noah M. '19, Adam K. '19, Rachel C. '19, and Kayli M.  '19 enjoy the Lafayette game, the first game of the year
Noah M. ’19, Adam K. ’19, Rachel C. ’19, and Kayli M. ’19 enjoy the Lafayette game, the first game of the year

Before long, a whole group of freshmen had joined the band, indulging in our wacky antics and rocking orange and black plaid as if they had done so their whole lives.

Rachana B. '19 and Ari M. '17 rock orange plaid at the LeHigh game.
Rachana B. ’19 and Ari M. ’17 rock orange plaid at the Lehigh game.

The frosh provided a source of enthusiasm and In fact, some sections even had more freshmen than returning members!

Noah M. '19, Josephine Pinnock '19, and Kyle Groves '19 form the majority of the trombone  section at the Lehigh game
Noah M. ’19, Josephine P. ’19, and Kyle G. ’19 form the majority of the trombone section at the Lehigh game

 

Freshmen Conor O. and Young S. form the entirety of the saxophone section at the UPenn game
Freshmen Conor O. and Young S. form the entirety of the saxophone section at the UPenn game

Now the freshmen form an integral part of our community.   They help us form new traditions and are an essential part of our Band.  We extend the warmest of welcomes to the Great Class of 2019!

Spring 2015: A review

Spring is a time when the band heaves a heavy sigh, sadly waving our beloved football games and hilarious halftime shows goodbye for 9 months.

Tyler Davis '15 mourns the impending end of football season
Tyler Davis ’15 mourns the impending end of football season

 

However, that doesn’t stop us from having a good time and spreading our spirit!  We attend a wide variety of sports in the spring from basketball…

Daniel Gift '17 grudgingly helps stretch out Brent Read '16 during a basketball game
Daniel Gift ’17 grudgingly helps stretch out Brent Read ’16 during a basketball game

…to hockey…

The trombone section bundles up for a hockey game at Baker Rink
The trombone section bundles up for a hockey game at Baker Rink

…to volleyball!

The band cheers on our Men's Volleyball team as the face Penn State
The band cheers on our Men’s Volleyball team as the face Penn State

 

This past spring was especially exciting, as the women’s basketball team had a PERFECT SEASON, going on an unprecedented 30 game winning streak to earn the No. 9 seed in the Spokane bracket of the NCAA tournament.   So, happily and full of spirit, the band boarded a bus to Maryland to cheer them on, accompanied by the cheerleaders and an iPod full of Space Jam remixes.

The band celebrates with the women's basketball team at the NCAA Bracket Viewing
The band celebrates with the women’s basketball team at the NCAA Bracket Viewing (image courtesy of Princeton University Facebook)

 

President Obama was in attendance and proudly cheered on the Tigers in round 1.  With that game, we upped our winning streak to 31 straight games by defeating of Green Bay. This was the first time that Princeton had won a game in the tournament, and only the second time that an Ivy League school had done so.  Princeton was then eliminated in the following round.

President Obama attends Round 1 of the NCAA tournament (image courtesy of Megan Kennedy '15)
President Obama attends Round 1 of the NCAA tournament (image courtesy of Megan Kennedy ’15)

 

All in all, it was a fantastic spring for the band!

Princeton in San Diego

Ten years, a five hour flight, and a three hour bus ride since our last visit, the Princeton Band descended on the sunny city of San Diego for the Princeton-USD football game!  Here’s a glimpse into our busy but super fun weekend on the West Coast.

The Band welcomed a bumper crop of new freshmen to the group, some of whom got to fly cross-country with a group of 50 near-strangers during the first full week of class in their Princeton careers.  We applaud your bravery, new members!

Forming an arch to welcome the new freshmen as they descended in their uniforms for the first time!
Forming an arch to welcome the new freshmen as they appeared in their uniforms for the first time!

Call time on Friday was 10:00 am, which meant a day off from class for some of our bandies, though that didn’t stop some of us from getting some work done on the bus.

Erika Davidoff '17 gets excited about her COS 126 program
Erika Davidoff ’17 gets excited about her COS 126 program

We went incognito in the Newark and San Diego Airports–no one will ever notice the sea of orange plaid at Gate 72.

Megan Kennedy '15, Dennis Smith '16, and Rachel Marek '17 smile for the camera while wait in baggage claim.
Megan Kennedy ’15, Dennis Smith ’16, and Rachel Marek ’17 smile for the camera while waiting in baggage claim.

The next day, we donned our boaters and marched around the University of San Diego’s campus, clashing with the mission-style architecture and getting kicked out of the university store before we could even finish our rendition of “Tequila”–how rude!

Marching around USD (Look, palm trees!)
Marching around USD (Look, palm trees!)

Cheering on our Tigers, the Band took to the stands and then to the field for our first halftime show of the season!  Although the team lost, the Band took consolation in the fact that they won be default: the other school’s band didn’t exist, let alone show up.

Glenn Fisher '15, Erika Davidoff '17, and Alice Tang '18
Glenn Fisher ’15, Erika Davidoff ’17, and Alice Tang ’18

A number of lovely Princeton alumni who live in California showed up to play with us.  Nice to see you all!  We’ll be back in ten years!

The alumni contingent of the Band at San Diego!
The alumni contingent of the Band at San Diego!
Joseph McMahan '13 and Angeline Jacques '16 reminisce about Joseph's days as drum major.
Joseph McMahan ’13 and Angeline Jacques ’16 reminisce about Joseph’s days as drum major.

During our downtime on Saturday evening, we enjoyed some fun in the sun as the Band hit the San Diego sand.  We arrived just in time to enjoy the beautiful California sunset!

The sun sets on our weekend retreat.

But the trip wasn’t over yet!  On the flight back to New Jersey, the Band discovered that one of its alumni was on the plane…actually, he was flying the plane.  Shout out to Michael Niggemann Niemann ’90, a former member of the illustrious trash percussion section!  Thanks for getting us back to New Jersey safe and sound!

Mary Gilstad '15, Michael Niggemann Niemann '90, and the Princeton Band at large pose for a photo on the plane home.
Mary Gilstad ’15, Michael Niggemann Niemann ’90, and the Princeton Band at large pose for a photo on the plane home.

What a fantastic excursion!  Thank you to everyone who made this trip possible, and

GO TIGERS!

Sharp Dressed Band

White shirt, white shoes

And I don’t know where I am goin’ to

Plaid suit, black tie,

I don’t need a reason why.

They come runnin’ just as fast as they can

‘Cause everyone’s crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed Band!

 

This post is dedicated to the wacky, edgy, artsy flair of the Princeton University Band!

From irreverent…

It's okay, we like you.
It’s okay, we like you.

to eloquent…

B brief.
B brief.

to relevant…

I <3 quads in public fountains.
We <3 quads in public fountains.

Bandies sure know how to accessorize for the occasion!

 

Some Bandies have expanded their sartorial repertoire beyond simple buttons and pins:

Boutonniere-fly.
Boutonniere-fly.
Don’t cower while this Bandie showers you with flower power!
Don’t cower while this Bandie showers you with flower power!

And let’s not forget the classy head gear donned by members of the PUB:

Every Bandie needs a second set of eyes—how else will she protect that valuable hat?
Every Bandie needs a second set of eyes—how else will she protect that valuable hat?
A Bandie summons the spring sunshine after a long, snowy winter.
A Bandie summons the spring sunshine after a long, snowy winter.
This Bandie stuck a feather in his Band hat and called it Macaroni!
This Bandie stuck a feather in his Band hat and called it Macaroni!

 

No matter what we wear, the Band certainly is one stylish group!

-Andra Bailard ‘ 16 AC

2013: A Football Season in Review

Let’s goooo, Tigers!!  Our team’s strong season last year left many in the Princeton community asking: “How can we possibly top that?  A surprising turnaround and victory over Harvard?  A bonfire?”  Well top that, we did, with a second bonfire in as many years and a share in the illustrious Ivy League Title.  And the Band was there for it all, through thick and thin, through rain and sleet and gloom of night!  Here are some highlights from 2013:

-A trip to our nation’s capital: gallivanting around the national monuments, lobstering on the President’s lawn (okay, across the street in President’s Park), and cheering the team to a crushing victory over Georgetown.

The Band performs in President’s Park across from the White House (somewhere in the darkness behind us)
The Band performs in President’s Park across from the White House (somewhere in the darkness behind us)

-Traveling all the way to the tiny state of Rhode Island for the game against Brown and hanging out with the always awesome Brown Band.

Which one is the real Princeton Bandie? Josh Zuckerman ’16
Which one is the real Princeton Bandie? Josh Zuckerman ’16

-A 51-48 victory over Harvard after going into overtime—yet another photo finish over the Crimson, this time on their own turf!

Megan Kennedy ’15, Angeline Jacques ’16, Rei Matsuura ’16, and Frank Jiang ’17 in the Coliseum, er, Harvard Stadium
Megan Kennedy ’15, Angeline Jacques ’16, Rei Matsuura ’16, and Frank Jiang ’17 in the Coliseum, er, Harvard Stadium

-Cornell: a fountain gig well-earned!

White coats: you can dress ‘em up, but you can’t take ‘em anywhere—Bryan Jacobowitz ’15, Nicky Robinson ‘15
White coats: you can dress ‘em up, but you can’t take ‘em anywhere—Bryan Jacobowitz ’15, Nicky Robinson ‘15

-It’s almost 2014 and the Quaker is still a dork!  Princeton beats Penn 38-26, and more importantly, no hat casualties are reported.

The terrific trombones (Thomas Hansen ’15, Riley Fitzgerald ’16, Kevin Mizes ’16, Mary Gilstad ’16) with hats still on their heads!
The terrific trombones (Thomas Hansen ’15, Riley Fitzgerald ’16, Kevin Mizes ’16, Mary Gilstad ’16) with hats still on their heads!

-A runaway victory over Yale at this year’s homecoming game secures the second Bonfire in a row (and a refreshing November dip in the Woody Woo fountain)

Going wild for the Tigers at Homecoming
Going wild for the Tigers at Homecoming

-After a six-hour drive to the frigid North, the Band endures a snowstorm in the name of Princeton spirit and celebrates the end of a fantastic season for Princeton football.

 

The pyramid of Band seniors—Wendy Pan ’14, Mario Alvarez ’14, Dillon Reisman ’14, Matthew Kirschner ‘ 14, Mandy Lawrence ’14, Ballard Metcalfe ‘14
The pyramid of Band seniors—Wendy Pan ’14, Mario Alvarez ’14, Dillon Reisman ’14, Matthew Kirschner ‘ 14, Mandy Lawrence ’14, Ballard Metcalfe ‘14

You worked (and played) hard, Tigers!  Congratulations to the Band for another undefeated season, and may the next year be equally successful!  See you all back in the stands in 2014!

-Andra Bailard ’16 AC

 

2013: A Year in Review

Happy New Year from the Princeton University Band!  We’ve certainly had quite an exciting and busy year, so in summary, here are some flashbacks from the last twelve months!

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From Jadwin Gym to Hanover to the Lincoln Memorial, the Band sure has gotten around this year! 

The Band kicked off the year with our annual Dean’s Date Eve and Dean’s Date celebrations, dancing and playing across campus to brighten the studious gloom of the pre-Dean’s Date crunch.  A winning combination of lobstering and candy certainly lifted a few spirits as they slaved away in libraries and dining halls.

In March we “marched” alongside a bevy of bagpipe ensembles in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Amboy, and answered one onlooker’s question, “Why is there a Halloween band in the St. Patrick’s Day parade?”

Megan Kennedy ‘15 and her bagpipes, a.k.a. our response to the South Amboy bagpipe invasion
Megan Kennedy ‘15 and her bagpipes, a.k.a. our response to the South Amboy bagpipe invasion

Over spring break we ventured to the far corners of the universe (Waco, Texas) to perform for the women’s basketball team at the NCAA Tournament.  Unfortunately, the team found itself outmatched by Florida State University in the first round of matches. But we did get to learn about cow statues and the history of Dr. Pepper.

Matt Walsh ’15 high-fiving the Tiger himself at NCAAs!
Matt Walsh ’15 high-fiving the Tiger himself at NCAAs!

Reunions certainly was exciting for the Princeton Band, which performed at various reunion tents, the annual Fred Fox ’39 concert, and eventually led the alumni across campus (multiple times!) for the P-Rade, the only parade in which the other participants may out-orange and out-spirit us.

 

The Band leads the 2013 P-rade (image courtesy of Princeton University Facebook)
The Band leads the 2013 P-rade (image courtesy of Princeton University Facebook)

One of the most bittersweet moments of Reunions was saying farewell and “See you at next year’s Reunions” to this year’s Band seniors, members of the Class of 2013.  The Band thanks you all for your outstanding spirit and dedication!

They sure are great at football down in Princeton town!  This year’s football season won Princeton both a share of the Ivy League Title and, for the second year in a row, breathtaking victories over Harvard and Yale earned us another Bonfire to warm us up on one of the coldest nights of the year.  For more details about the season, please see this year’s football post, “2013: A Football Season in Review”.

Warming ourselves by the glow of the bonfire.
Warming ourselves by the glow of the bonfire.

After being canceled because of the damage done by Hurricane Sandy last fall, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade made its way through the streets of New York and included an appropriately orange-and-black-clad Princeton Band.  Colorful costumes, dance-offs with other bands, and energetic onlookers made this event a real (trick or) treat!

The Band at Hahvard, wearing our ever-popular, ever-seasonal orange and black attire
The Band at Hahvard, wearing our ever-popular, ever-seasonal orange and black attire

As per tradition, the Band celebrated the end of football season with a fancy-dress Bandquet in Prospect House.  I’d provide photographic proof, but what happens at Bandquet stays at Bandquet.

The Band spread some holiday cheer this December with our campus-wide Caroling and subsequent holiday party in Campus Club.  A little rain couldn’t put a damper on the winter spirit of the Band, although it may have dampened the libe’s Holiday Packets.

Princeton as a winter wonderland
Princeton as a winter wonderland

It’s been a fantastic year, Band.  The one good thing about the end of this semester?  The equally fantastic one ahead!  See you in 2014!

-Andra Bailard ‘ 16 AC

Welcome to Waco!

During Spring Break, the Band was able to escape the northeastern “spring” weather and fly to Waco, Texas to support the Women’s Basketball Team in the NCAA tournament. On Friday morning, we took a chartered plane out of Newark with the team and the cheerleaders and landed directly at the regional airport in Waco.

That night, some of the Band treated itself to some wonderful Mexican food and all-you-can-eat chips and guacamole, while the other half of the Band raided Mama & Papa B’s Bar-B-Q for some fantastic homemade chopped beef sandwiches and ribs. In addition, some of us experienced the local art.

The Band enjoys the local scenery in Waco
The Band enjoys the local scenery in Waco

On Saturday, the Band explored all that the city of Waco had to offer. We started off with a trip to the Dr Pepper Museum, where many floats were enjoyed by all. In addition, the Band discovered the existence of Big Red, the beverage, and learned all about free enterprise.

That afternoon, the Band trekked down the Brazos River to the Waco Zoo, where we saw all sorts of awesome animals, including tigers! After another night of Mexican and Bar-B-Q, the Band headed to bed after a wonderfully relaxing day.

On Sunday, the Band put on its gameface and performed for the Team as they left the hotel for the stadium to warm up for the big game.

Excited to cheer on the team outside the hotel
Excited to cheer on the team outside the hotel

Then, the Band itself arrived at the stadium at Baylor’s campus to cheer on the Team as they played the Florida State Seminoles. The game was thrilling, and we cheered and played our hearts out on national television.

Bandies enjoying the NCAA atmosphere
Bandies enjoying the NCAA atmosphere
Piccolutes and Bells!
Piccolutes and Bells!

After a heartbreaking loss, the Band played Old Nassau and headed back to the hotel to await a flight back home. Although the Team didn’t win, the trip to Waco was a fantastic experience and a welcome escape from the harsh Princeton weather. Best of luck to the Team next year!

~Annie Cardinal ’15 AC

PUB History: Fame and Fortune (1939-1952)

As the Princeton University Band grew in size and caliber, it also grew in its fame and presence on campus and in the Ivy League. Thrillingly enough, in 1939 correspondence between Band officers, “the Band has been invited to play at the New York World’s Fair. Although we are offering the opportunity of participating in this event to all musicians in the University, we are giving you a personal invitation.” Unfortunately, the Band was unable to attend due to “academic conditions and crowded schedules.”

The Band also changed uniforms many times, and an article “Fashions on Parade” describes them most amusingly.

Article entitled Fashions on Parade from The Daily Princetonian
Article entitled Fashions on Parade from The Daily Princetonian

In a later article entitled “Princeton’s Unique Band” written by John T. Scott ’41, Senior Manager of the Band, he states that the Band is unique. “Yet very few people are aware of the fact that the organization which parades before you on the field and plays to you from the stands belongs to the students of Princeton University and to the students only.” This echoes true to present day, where the Band is still run by students and students alone, along with much alumni support.

The following images show the marching precision and recruiting techniques of the Band in the earl 1950’s.

A sketch designating the locations of the marchers to create a "P" formation on the field
A sketch designating the locations of the marchers to create a “P” formation on the field
Freshman recruitment poster highlighting the Band as a "golden" opportunity to delve into student life with the added benefit of free seating at football games
Freshmen recruitment poster highlighting the Band as a “golden” opportunity to delve into student life with the added benefit of free seating at football games
Another Freshman recruitment poster
Another Freshmen recruitment poster

~Annie Cardinal ’15 AC