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Nov 10, 2008

The MIT What?!?

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<impressively deep="" announcer's="" voice=""> </impressively></p> <p>AND Now, Ladies And Gentlemen, For Your Viewing Pleasure--</p> <p>The World-Famous, Nationally Renowned, Often Copied But Never Cloned, Unforgettable (No Matter How Hard You Try), Super Phat, Super Fly --</p> <p>It's the One, the Only, MIT MARCHING BAND!"</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/crrazy_640x475.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/crrazy_640x475.jpg" width="520" alt="I<3MITMB"></p> <p></p> <p>For some reason, people are often surprised to learn that MIT has not only <a href="http://web.mit.edu/varf-ball/www/index.html" _cke_saved_href="http://web.mit.edu/varf-ball/www/index.html">a football team</a>, but also a <a href="http://web.mit.edu/marching-band/www/" _cke_saved_href="http://web.mit.edu/marching-band/www/">marching band</a>. With a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/MITmarchingband" _cke_saved_href="http://www.youtube.com/user/MITmarchingband">YouTube Channel</a>.</p> <p>This is, in fact, the 30th anniversary of both the marching band and the modern football team. Looking through this <a href="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/newspaperarticle.pdf" _cke_saved_href="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/newspaperarticle.pdf">fascinating piece of history</a> from 1978, we see on page 12 that "the band enthusiastically played rousing tunes." It also mentions the "infamous 'Gimme an M, gimme an A, gimme an S...' cheer," which is a personal favorite of mine. Spelling out "Massachusetts Institute of Technology" takes a while. Nowadays, we often just pull out our ID cards and read off of them to avoid spelling mistakes like the one they mentioned in the article.</p> <p>One of the band members out there was Doug Pape '81, also the trumpet player on the left in this photo:</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/ombponcho_640x440.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/ombponcho_640x440.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>He tells me that the MIT Marching Band grew out of a group from 2nd East. The guy in the shorts was also on the new football team as well, and gave up his halftime break to play in the band.</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/o2ndEastMarBand_637x480.JPG" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/o2ndEastMarBand_637x480.JPG" width="520"></p> <p>They advertised around campus, and the MIT Marching Band was born!</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/oApproachingSteinbrenner_637x480.JPG" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/oApproachingSteinbrenner_637x480.JPG" width="520"></p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/oMarBandInStands_640x477.JPG" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/oMarBandInStands_640x477.JPG" width="520"></p> <p>Ed Kinney, the first band director, wrote to the current officers recently to tell us that this was a time when they had bake sales and sub sandwich sales to make money. They had to take the train back and forth to NYC to rent sousaphones. Mostly they played Sousa marches, which were easy to acquire, but they went all out on an arrangement of The Imperial March for $300. They eventually got red t-shirts.</p> <p>If I were to tell you about the next 17 years, I would basically be pulling things from <a href="http://web.mit.edu/marching-band/www/oldmb/history.html" _cke_saved_href="http://web.mit.edu/marching-band/www/oldmb/history.html">here</a> and rearranging the words in an attempt to avoid blatant plagiarism. I totally recommend reading it though. It covers The Rise and Fall of the Smith Administration, The Triumphant Year 1 AB, The Year of Fascism, The Communist Revolution, and The end of the reign of James.</p> <p>Sometime after 1995, the band fizzled out, as far as I know. It doesn't seem to have been for lack of creative advertising::</p><blockquote><br> Join the MIT Marching Band! Sign up NOW to join this prestigious, unforgettable MIT tradition that is our marching band. No experience necessary or assumed, satisfies HASS-D requirements, Institite LAB, (register for 21M666, Riots, Stikes, and Contemporary Marching Bands in Polynesian Society Today, (0-12-0), and you'll be eligible to win 10 MILLION DOLLARS or a position as MIT MARCHING BAND AMBASSADOR TO THE ALIEN NATIONS! So sign up NOW, you may already be a winner! (NOTE: We're not all as weird as Dennis; if you want to join a cool marching band but don't care about being ambassador to alien nations, read on - we'd love to have you! - JS)</blockquote><p></p> <p>The next time The Band surfaced, it was due to the efforts of the amazing Bill '07. He's on the left in this picture. I'm next on the right, followed by <a href="http://www.mitadmissions.org/Sam.shtml" _cke_saved_href="http://www.mitadmissions.org/Sam.shtml">Sam</a>. Also pictured are Caroline '08, Ken 'G, Michael '09 (Current President), Diana '08, and Matt '09.</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/waterpolo_640x480.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/waterpolo_640x480.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>Bill rewrote the constitution, got us cool shirts, and drummed up (I guess trumpeted up, since he was a trumpeter, not a percussionist...) a bunch of members. The band's been approximately doubling in size each year since Fall '04. It's not exactly your traditional marching band; the picture above is from a water polo match, at which we featured music from "Jaws".</p> <p>Other awesome things in recent history include performing on ice,</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/on-ice_640x480.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/on-ice_640x480.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>Making our own incredible capes,</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/capesT_640x480.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/capesT_640x480.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>Buying Engineer's caps,</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/tstop_640x338.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/tstop_640x338.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>Getting Out, as well as About,</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/statehouse1_640x480.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/statehouse1_640x480.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>And obtaining some Snazzy New Uniforms,</p> <p><img src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/andcrowd_640x480.jpg" _cke_saved_src="http://web.mit.edu/kimfad/Public/rightsize/MarchingBand/andcrowd_640x480.jpg" width="520"></p> <p>There's even a colorguard now!</p> <p>At least, so I hear. I, unfortunately, have become too hosed to partake of the band's awesomeness these days. Although I do show up once every blue moon or two.</p> <p>For those of you interested in admiring the World-Famous, Nationally Renowned, Often Copied But Never Cloned, Unforgettable (No Matter How Hard You Try), Super-Phat, Super-Fly MIT Marching Band, there's a Basketball game versus Emmanuel this Saturday. If you'd like to <i>play</i>, or get more info, give an email to the officers at marching_at_mit_dot_edu, or show up at a Wednesday rehearsal. And if you're a prospective freshman, I'm guessing (but can't promise) that the Marching Band will be leading it's Amazing Tour of Campus during Campus Preview weekend again.</p> <p>Happy 30th, MITMB!</p><p></p>

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awesome!

Posted by: first on November 10, 2008

This band is actually one of the reasons why I applied to MIT.

It sounds just like my high school's pep band.

Posted by: Kelly ('13 Hopeful) on November 10, 2008

SWEET!!

Posted by: Ricky on November 10, 2008

The Marching Band came by pika on Halloween and played the theme from Phantom. You guys rock!!!

Posted by: Sondy '07 G on November 10, 2008

"He tells me that the MIT Marching Band grew out of a group from 2nd East."

Which 2nd East was he talking about? EC's? Next House's? McCormick?!

Posted by: cristen on November 10, 2008

No offense intended at all, but the MITMB throughout the years looks super-geeky raspberry

Posted by: 0 on November 10, 2008

Do we have to have turned in the music supplemental for the application to be a part of the marching band? I'm finally getting my own baritone saxophone this Christmas (didn't know about it before the deadline for Early Action).

Posted by: Colton on November 10, 2008

It appears this band is lacking a piccolo player. Maybe they would want one for next year... : )

Posted by: Liz on November 10, 2008

OMG, MIT has a marching band?!?!?

Posted by: Ehsan on November 10, 2008

Just curious, is MIT complete with a pep squad (cheer, song, dance/drill)?

I love that old picture of marching band players. (short shorts, hahahha)

Posted by: June on November 10, 2008

@Colton: No. smile

Posted by: Paul on November 10, 2008

Paul: If I make it in then, then the MIT Marching Band may be gaining a bari sax!

Posted by: Colton on November 10, 2008

@Colton: I think you missed the "No experience necessary or assumed, satisfies HASS-D requirements, Institite LAB, (register for 21M666, Riots, Stikes, and Contemporary Marching Bands in Polynesian Society Today, (0-12-0), and you'll be eligible to win 10 MILLION DOLLARS or a position as MIT MARCHING BAND AMBASSADOR TO THE ALIEN NATIONS!" part =P

Posted by: Chris on November 11, 2008

@cristen... Next House came into existence 4 years after the Marching Band, and McCormick is all female (and the marching band was not) - I'm gonna have to go w/ EC on this one.

Posted by: Nicole '10 on November 11, 2008

Marching Band ! That is cool !

Posted by: Dhvanit on November 11, 2008

@cristen: I believe it was 2nd East at East Campus
@June: I know there are cheerleaders, and recently the marching band added flags. The MIT Cheer webiste says, "Our performance material includes cheers, dances, collegiate-level stunts, and tumbling." As far as dance goes, there's also dancetroupe, though I don't think they perform at sports.

Posted by: kimd on November 11, 2008

Awesome! I saw a poster for the band when I was there at Splash once, but I didn't know they had a color guard.

Posted by: betsylm on November 11, 2008

Sweet, a marching band with youtube smile

Posted by: Ismail on November 12, 2008

I saw posters for the band around the infinite during my time with the MITES program this past summer. It's great to see that the tradition is being kept alive.

I'd gladly join. Clarinets anyone?

Posted by: kristina on December 4, 2008

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