HUB History

Founded in 1919, the Harvard Band's original purpose was to support Harvard Football spirit and to entertain the fans at Soldiers Field on the gridiron during halftime. Although support of football in the fall (and hockey in the winter) remain top priorities, the Band's activities, diversity, and community visibility and service have grown considerably.

The Band serves as the official university spirit unit, welcoming special guests and celebrities to Cambridge as well as encouraging alumni to raise song to Harvard at virtually all university and alumni occasions. Other components of the Band include two active Jazz Bands, a Wind Ensemble (specializing in the performance of twentieth-century concert music), herald trumpets, and ceremonial ensembles as required for university events.

The unique spirit, creativity, and camaraderie that typifies the Band can be directly credited to its tradition as an organization entirely organized and operated by students. I hope your visit is both enjoyable and informative.

Illegitimum non carborundum,
Mark Olson
Director


Marching through the Years

by Holly Blumenthal '94 and Dave Strong '96
(amended by various staff members since '95)

The First Year

1919

Director Frederic L. Reynolds '20, Manager P. K. McElroy '20, Drill Master F. W. Hall '20, Drum Major F. L. Reynolds ' 20. Band plays for football and baseball games and gives several local concerts. The football team wins the national championship, beating Oregon 7-6 in the Rose Bowl. The "Black Sox" throw the World Series. Band plays for two dances at the Union; travels to New York in August.

The Twenties

1920

Director Frederic L. Reynolds '20, Manager P. K. McElroy '20, Drill Master F. W. Hall '20, Drum Major F. L. Reynolds ' 20. Personnel of 60 includes two wooden piccolos, a curved soprano sax, a small D trumpet, a C-sax and a bari sax. Women are given the right to vote.

1921

Director Frederic L. Reynolds '20, Manager J. D. Chase '22, Drill Master F. W. Hall '20, Drum Major F. L. Reynolds ' 20. Band leads "snake dance" against yAle. Successful concert season includes third annual concert and dance at Union, and spring trip to Atlantic City and Baltimore. First network radio broadcast originates from Boston.

1922

Director Addison Simmons '24, Manager A. Simmons '24, Drill Master A. Simmons '24, Drum Major A. Simmons '24. James Joyce publishes Ulysses. Band performs first military maneuvers. Concerts include Tchaikovsky's F minor Symphony and Grieg's "Sigurd Jorsalfar" Suite.

1923

Director Addison Simmons '24, Manager A. Simmons '24, Drill Master A. Simmons '24, Drum Major A. Simmons '24. Instrumentation includes two alto horns but still no sousaphones. First motion picture with sound appears. Addison Simmons '24, after filling every senior staff position for two straight years, disappears and is never heard from again.

1924

Director Ambrose F. Keeley '27, Manager W.H. Kilman '25, Drill Master A. Keeley '27, Drum Major A. Keeley '27. First free transportation and tickets to yAle and Princeton games away. Seventy-five men in Band. Gershwin writes Rhapsody in Blue. First sousaphone appears.

1925

Director Ambrose F. Keeley '27, Manager F.B. Hill '26, Drill Master A. Keeley '27, Drum Major A. Keeley '27. First use of popular music. New tryout system is developed. Scopes is put on trial for teaching evolution. Concerts attempt to "bring to the Harvard graduates in New England cities the atmosphere of the football field." Leroy Anderson '29 joins the Band as a trombone player.

1926

Director Ambrose F. Keeley '27, Manager R. Piper '27, Drill Master A. Keeley '27, Drum Major A. Keeley '27. First recording made, for Victor Records, includes "Up the Street." Two xylophones and two banjos used as gimmicks at Dartmouth game. First concert at New York Harvard Club before yAle game. First aerosol spray can appears.

1927

Director Harold Holland '28, Manager S. Ganz '28, Drill Master H. Holland '28, Drum Major H. Holland '28. First big Bass Drum acquired at meeting of Associated Harvard Clubs in Philadelphia. Wright Briggs, later conductor and arranger, joins as a clarinet player. Charles Lindbergh flies across the Atlantic.

1928

Director Harold Holland '28, Manager W.E. Roys '29, Drill Master H. Holland '28, Drum Major H. Holland '28. First Band radio broadcast, from Roseland Ballroom in Boston, on December 4th. Amelia Earhart flies across the Atlantic. Guy Slade '32, later drum sergeant, director, and drill master, joins as a piccolo player.

1929

Director Leroy Anderson '29, Manager L.F. Hubbard '31, Drill Master L. Anderson '29, Drum Major L. Anderson '29. Band travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to support football team. Malcolm Holmes '28, later conductor, joins as a bass drum player. Stock market crashes on "Black Tuesday."

The Thirties

1930

Director Guy V. Slade '32, Manager L. F. Hubbard '31, Drill master G. V. Slade '32, Drum Major G. V. Slade '32. With Guy Slade as director, baton twirler, and drill master, 74 letters are spelled during football season. The word "Welcome" is learned and formed in five minutes at the stadium game with Michigan. Arthur Fiedler is appointed conductor of the Boston Pops. Band marches as only guest band in American Legion Parade.

1931

Director Guy V. Slade '32, Manager C.E. Smith '33, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major G.V. Slade '32. Band sets national record by forming 76 letters during football season. Slade tosses baton over goal posts 40 times without a miss in a two-year period. The Empire State Building opens. Band plays for Stanford as their band against Dartmouth.

1932

Director Leroy Anderson '29, Manager D. Pitcher '33, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major W. Tabler '36. "Wintergreen for President," arranged by Leroy Anderson, is first performed. Franklin D. Roosevelt '04 is elected President. Other Anderson medleys emerge. First glock joins the Band.

1933

Director Leroy Anderson '29, Manager E. Cutter '34, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major W. Tabler '36. Band marches in civic NRA parade, lit by fire department's truck from behind so the Band can read music. Band serves as Eastern band on N.E. Baker's unemployment relief national broadcast, picked up from Sanders Theater. Hitler comes to power in Germany.

1934

Director Leroy Anderson '29, Manager M. Seymour '35, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major W. Tabler '36. Band switches uniform from crimson sweaters, bow ties, and sailor hats to long ties, dark coats, and white trousers. U.S. Marines are withdrawn from Haiti.

1935

Director Leroy Anderson '29, Manager R. Collins '36, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major W. Tabler '36. The Social Security Act is passed. Leroy Anderson chooses as his successor the only bandsman able to start the ensemble without the use of a roll-off.

1936

Director Robert W. Snyder '38, Manager H.M. Irwin '37, Drill Master W. Tabler '39, Drum Major H.M. Irwin '37. Band plays for Tercentenary activities, including football exhibition, Charles River procession, parade to Yard, and formal exercises. Anderson's "Tercentenaria" is first performed. Jesse Owens wins four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics. Band first plays for basketball games.

1937

Director Robert W. Snyder '38, Manager M.B. Leggett '38, Drill Master W. Tabler '39, Drum Major R.A. Mansfielf '38. Band travels to Baltimore for Navy game. Authenticity of big Bass Drum is questioned in the press, especially the New Yorker. Amelia Earhart disappears. Leroy Anderson arranges more pieces.

1938

Director James C. Gahan '36, Manager C.D. Duffy, Jr. '39, Drill Master W. Tabler '39, Drum Major J.S. Lanigan '39. Anderson arranges new Cornell and Princeton medleys for their respective games. Other original arrangements done by Elkan Turk '39 for the Virginia game and Schyler Pardee '39 for the yAle game. Band spells "We are wet" at game during downpour. Hitler annexes Austria.

1939

Director James C. Gahan '36, Manager R.M. Peebles '40, Drill Master J.W. Holt DMD '42, Drum Major T. Sendak '40. Two new bass drums and officer's white coats are provided by Band Trust. Hitler invades Poland, starting World War II. New music includes Penn Medley, second Dartmouth Medley, and Service Medley (for Army game) by Anderson, and music for yAle by Harold Shapero '41. Princeton trip includes New York via boat, concert at Harvard Club of NYC. At yAle, Band spells "Harvard" moving the length of field with a different Harvard song for each letter, and forms E-L-I in script (as if skywriting).

The Forties

1940

Director James W. Holt DMD '42, Manager W.P. Bernton '41, Drill Master M.P. Brown MBA '42, Drum Majors J.S. Lanigan '39 and S. Cowan '42. R.D. Fosberg '41 arranges medleys for Amherst, Michigan, Dartmouth, and Brown games, later featuring "Little Brown Jug" as fugue. Joing drill with Michigan band at Cambridge. The British invent radar. Draft regulations produce "We're in the Army Now" at Army game. Joint H and Y perform Star Spangled Banner together for the first time at yAle.

1941

Director James W. Holt DMD '42, Manager T.C. Peebles '42, Drill Master M.P. Brown MBA '42, Drum Major S. Cowan '42. Band salutes Red Cross (a departure from rule of never supporting national organizations). Spells "Keep 'em Flying" for Navy and forms airplane with drum major twirling baton as the propeller. Japan bombs Pearl Harbor and the U.S. enters the war.

1942

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager J. Mead '43, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major S. Cowan '42. Band leads 4,000 men from Harvard units onto field for Army game; new Service Medley by Anderson dedicated to all Harvard men in uniform. U.S. wins the Battle of Midway; invades North Africa. Band plays two Yard concerts with Glee Club in May, meets informally during summer and twice plays twilight serenades for Navy in Yard.

1943

Naval unit band takes over. Ed Chastagner, member of Pierian and Band, serves as drum major and drill master. Naval unit band includes civilian members, among them John Finnegan '47. Allies invades Italy in '43, then Normandy in '44; the Philippine Islands are recaptured.

1944

Naval unit band takes over. Ed Chastagner, member of Pierian and Band, serves as drum major and drill master. Naval unit band includes civilian members, among them John Finnegan '47. Allies invades Italy in '43, then Normandy in '44; the Philippine Islands are recaptured.

1945

Transitional period. Ersatz group performs at ersatz football season (two games). Allies win the war.

1946

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager T. Howard '47, Drill Master G.V. Slade '32, Drum Major J.A. Finnegan '47. Band reformed after three-year lapse by Tom B. Howard '48, french horn, and Jay Skinner '48, baritone horn. Malcolm Holmes and Guy Slade are persuaded to return to revitalize the Band. Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremburg. Band records "Ivy League" album. John Finnegan, later Band arranger for twelve years, joins the Band.

1947

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager W.J. Skinner '48, Drill Master J.R. Overcash '49, Drum Major W. Reinhardt '47. Band performs concert in Richmond before Virginia game, with a brief performance on the Capitol steps in Washington during the same trip. Holst's "Suite in E Flat" and Anderson's "Radcliffiana" performed in Symphony Hall in concert with Radcliffe Choral Society. Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier. Paul Touchette, Cambridge fireman and future bandie for fourteen years, joins the Band.

1948

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager J. Borgatti '49, Drill Master J.R. Overcash '49, Student Conductor R.E. Herrman '50, Drum Major W. Reinhardt '47. Band plays Symphony Hall concert, featuring C. Rossiter '52 as bagpiper. Jack Finnegan's new medleys for Boston University and Rutgers are played. The nation of Israel is established in Palestine.

1949

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager P. Finney '50, Student Conductor R.E. Herrman '50. Band holds 30th reunion at Army game. Communists under Mao Tse-tung are victorious in the Chinese Revolution. Football Band is 150 strong. Band records Cushing Academy songs, arrangements by Jack Finnegan. Performs in New York for National Association of Manufacturers.

The Fifties

1950

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager P. Lucey '51, Drill Master W. Handelman '53, Drum Major T. Barry '52. "Up the Street" march album recorded and "Ivy League" and "Half-Time" albums reissued. "Substitutions Unlimited" drill at Army game. Korean War begins. First "Golden Gloves" appearance in Lowell; first "Drum Beats and Song" performance at Radcliffe Student Council show. Band plays at Wellesley Winter Carnival, and at a concert in Springfield with the Mount Holyoke Glee Club. Band purchases famous white coat for Mal Holmes. Another summer band organized.

1951

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager F. Hopkins '52, Drill Master W. Handelman '53, Drum Major T. Barry '52. Band moves into Varsity Club quarters (9 Prescott St.) from cramped space in Music Building. Army football given to Band by Lloyd Jordan after victory. First Brown game "bash" at Weld boathouse. Band gives informal concert at end of season, plays Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition at Dartmouth concert. Collier's magazine gives Band publicity. General MacArthur is relieved of command in Korea by President Truman.

1952

Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager D. Hastings '53, Drill Master W. Handelman '53, Student Conductor P. Strauss '54. Mal Holmes is too ill to do Dartmouth concert; Pete Strauss takes over as substitute. U.S. develops the hydrogen bomb. Band performs in "Drum Beats Song" again; first concert in Symphony Hall for Harvard Club of Boston Scholarship Foundation. First perfomance of "Harvard Pops," arranged by G. Wright Briggs. Paul Touchette Jr., '60, joins the Band to provide a father-and-son team of performers. Mal Holmes dies in June, mourned by all bandsmen and those enriched by his zeal and skill.

1953

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Mangaer P. Strauss '54, Drill Master S. Singer '54, Student Conductor P. Strauss '54, Drum Major L. Corser '54. Wright Briggs is installed as new director. Band is arrested in New Haven after early morning high jinks en route to the Columbia game. The new President Pusey and his wife appear at the Band party after the Brown game, somewhat to the consternation of merry-makers. "Commercials on Parade," arranged by Finnegan, is introduced at the Dartmouth concert. "Bands on Parade," a parody of fast-stepping units, done by Finnegan for the yAle Bowl. U.S.S.R. develops the hydrogen bomb. Band perfoms drill on skates in Boston Garden for yAle hockey. Band plays Symphony Hall concert again.

1954

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager A. Novick '55, Drill Master R. Rogers '56, Student Conductor R. Blacklow '55, Drum Major G. Nimtz '57. 35th reunion draws large alumni Band; "Tunes Through the Years" production number by Finnegan features "echo" trumpets. First senior Christmas party in Wellesley. Band leads parade in South Boston on Evacuation Day. "Between the Halves" album session in Symphony hall includes medleys by John Finnegan and Wright Briggs. The big Bass Drum expires and is replaces by a new, improved, and BIGGER version. Senator McCarthy attempts to root out communists in government but is censured for going too far.

1955

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager A. Aronson '56, Drill Master R. Rogers '56, Student Conductor W. Sechriest '56, Drum Major G. Nimtz '57. Band switches to handsome blazers with drum emblems. During hazardous plane trip to New York to perform at Harvard Club, embarrassing one-hour delay is filled by Frank Hatch '19, good friend of the Band, in NY. Band makes long trip in rickety cargo plane to Loring Air Force Base in Maine for concert on Armed Services Day. U.S. sends troops to train South Vietnamese forces. Massachusetts medley arranged by Loring T. Briggs '41. Band records 45 rpm album, including Briggs march later published as "Concord and Lexington."

1956

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager S. Dills '57, Drill Master W. Ernst '57, Student Conductor P. Gold '57, Drum Major G. Nimtz '57. Band plays in Carnegie Hall in New York (with Glee Club), playing new Bernstein music with the composer himself in the audience. Band plays early season concert for Connecticut Savings Banks Association convention in New Hampshire, and takes spring tour to Albany, Buffalo, and points west. Trip in May to Associated Harvard Clubs meeting in Washington; performance at Dumbarton Oaks. Band performs at Red Sox opening-day game. U.S.S.R. invades Hungary.

1957

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager K. Lane '58, Drill Master N. Douglas '58, Student Conductor J. Connolly '58, Drum Major A. Pratt '58. First Band telecast over WGBH-TV from old studios near M.I.T. First artificial satellite, "Sputnik," is launched. Symphony Hall concert includes Roger Voisin as guest soloist and conductor. Band takes long tour to Connecticut, Detroit, and Chicago. Prop crew borrows R.O.T.C. rifles and carries them at Princeton game to protect Bass Drum.

1958

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager G. Kirklin '59, Drill Master N. Douglas '58, Student Conductor M. Gilman '59. Fidel Castro seizes power in Cuba. Disastrous fire in the Band Room occurs after first game of the season; Band headquarters move to 54 Dunster Street for a short time. Band performs preseasons concert in Maine for Massachusetts Savings Bank Association. Band joins M.I.T. band on WGBH Christmas telecast. Leroy Anderson is guest conductor at Symphony Hall.

1959

Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager C. Hagaman '60, Drill Master R. Raynolds '60, Student Conductor P. Cobb '60, Drum Major J. Bassett '60. Fortieth reunion game gets soaked by rainstorm. Dartmouth concert presents former student conductors plus Fred Reynolds, Jack Finnegan, and Leroy Anderson. Alaska and Hawaii are admitted to the Union. Lowell House quad concert features 1812 Overture and includes Russian bells of Lowell tower as a special effect. Wright Briggs conducts final concert on Class Day and retires as director.

The Sixties

1960

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager P. Johnson '61, Drill Master R. Haedrich '61, Student Conductor P. Cobb AM '62, Drum Major S. Barnes '62. James Walker assumes direction of Band; his Midwestern background becomes a mine for humorous show material. Dean's office forbids presence of women on overnight Band trips. Communist guerrillas from North Vietnam launch attacks on the South. Concert band operates with restricted membership, inaugurates concert series at Boston Latin School (without headmaster in audience) and concerts in Concord and Barnstable. Spring tour features bone-jarring ride to Milwaukee and Chicago. Sanders Spring Concert highlights include Prokofiev, Hanson, Hovhaness, Williams, Holst, and Berlioz.

1961

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager B. Shirk '62, Drill Master M. Marmor '62, Student Conductor P. Cobb AM '62, Drum Major S. Barnes '62. First annual Columbia riot takes place when overzealous HUB prop crew destroys Columbia's mock drum. Band forming bunny appears in Playboy; New York Times features "male" and "female" symbols formed by the Band. New soda machine in the Band Room dispenses beer. Band truck bites the dust and is sold for a pittance. Band records "Salute to the Ivy." Wind Ensemble is organized. The Berlin Wall is constructed. Band threatens to boycott Commencement activities. Band uniform changes to dark pants, much to the consternation of returning alumni.

1962

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager E. Alpers '63, Drill Master S. Saltonstall '63, Student Conductor P. Farrow '64, Drum Major A. Salvo '64. Harvard Athletic Association underwrites cost of truck, police escort, and free "date" tickets for all home games. Band gets itself arrested again at yAle, but this time, bandsmen bring bail money with them. Kennedy faces Cuban Missile Crisis. Separate Wind Ensemble concerts begin. Concert Band plays at Thayer Academy, Lexington, New Hampton, and Wayland.

1963

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager E. Flitton '64, Drill Master D. Ward '64, Student Conductor P. Farrow '64, Drum Major R. Rosen '65. Heads of Bass Drum shrink off for tenth time, forcing Band to acquire plastic heads. Band travels to New York Harvard Club by train before the yAle game; word of Kennedy's assassination filters through the train. Show was to have been on political troubles of a "Son of Harvard." Somber yAle game is held one week late; Band plays Trauersinfonie by Wagner.

1964

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager B. Herr '65, Drill Master T. Whyatt '65, Student Conductor D. Solosko '65, Drum Major R. Rosen '65. 45th reunion deluges Band with alumni. Band installs large instrument cabinets. Athletic Department agrees to pay for meals and lodging on away trips. Band plays Carnegie Hall with Columbia band, premiers Copland's "Emblems" for the East Coast. HUB Foundation formed, with Leroy Anderson as first president. Warren Report says Oswald acted in Kennedy's assassination.

1965

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager C. Case '66, Drill Master D. Adcock '66, Student Conductor J. Gerdes '66, Drum Major L. Grenzeback '68. Watts erupts in race riots. Band shifts to social commentary and avant garde wit at football games (from medleys and original musical material). Band is invited to play in two performances at Boston's "Winterfest" in New War Memorial Auditorium. Spring Tour takes Band through Northeast to Washington, D.C., and Cleveland. University agrees to "hire" Band for commencement week.

1966

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager L. Nadler '67, Drill Master H. Quigley '67, Student Conductor N. Miller '67. Drum Major L. Grenzeback '68. Last-minute cancellation of Cornell band results in fifteen minute halftime Sousa show (loyal fans expecting the best -- or worse -- react obstreperously to the sight of the Band merely playing -- no naughties). U.S. maintains heavy bombing of North Vietnam. Concert Band "comes of age," cuts its teeth on Hindemith's Symphony in B Flat, and Kurt Weill's Three Penny Opera.

1967

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager J. Finley '68, Drill Master G. Sellon '68, Student Conductor D. Grimes '69, Drum Major L. Grenzeback '68. Concert Band and Wind Ensemble inaugurate Sanders Concert Series, perform Theme and Variations by Schoenberg and Tunbridge Fair by Piston. First Super Bowl is won by Green Bay.

1968

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager R. Whittemore '69, Drill Master D. Tuckwiller '70, Student Conductor D. Tuckwiller '70 and D. Archibald '70, Drum Major R. Cole '70. Playboy prints Band's Princeton show in full, with caption, "Wish we'd been there!" Wind Ensemble plays all Stravinsky pieces in Paine Hall Series, with Sigurd Rascher soloing. Concert Band Spring Sanders Concert "struck out" by general student strike. "Concert for Winds" album issued. Band members fly in from all parts of the country (after leaving for summer) to perform at final graveside services for Robert Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

1969

Director James Walker AMT '63, Manager T. Feige '70, Drill Master M. Silver '70, Student Conductors D. Archibald '70 and J. Posner '71, Drum Major R. Cole '70. Band celebrates 50th reunion. General public celebrates Woodstock and the moon landing. During football season, Mickey Mouse jumps out of tuba. Formations include "HAND" goes to "JOB" as Band plays "Come Together." Schneider's Band is broken up by police in Chatham during solar eclipse. Band plays at the Varsity Drag handicap at Suffolk Downs.

The Seventies

1970

Director Frank Battisti, Manager J. Dills '71, Drill Master J. Olson '71, Student Conductor J. Posner '71, Drum Major W. Westin '71. Women are admitted to the Band! Their uniforms include black miniskirts. At one banquet, the award for "fooling Mom" (getting away with not quite full uniform) went to a woman who wore a blue miniskirt -- it was so short that her jacket hid the entire offending piece of clothing. The Chicago Seven are acquitted on riot changes.

1971

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager K. Martin '73, Drill Master R. Horn '72, Student Conductor D. Gaylin '72, Drum Major L. Larmore '74. Thomas G. Everett arrives as new director of the Band. Bangladesh secedes from Pakistan. Tom forms the Harvard Jazz Band. The Concert Band plays a concert in conjunction with the Princeton Band in Lincoln Center, New York.

1972

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager K. Martin '73, Drill Master S. Seicol '73, Student Conductor D. Herrington '73, Drum Major P. Ramirez '74. Band gets coverage in Progressive Labor Party ("A Revolutionary Communist Paper") for "supporting communism" in halftime show. A brawl between the opposing bands breaks out at the yAle game. A break-in occurs at the Watergate Hotel. Band plays United Fund concert. "The Stripper" is banned from hockey games after one enthusiastic audience member takes it all off during a performance.

1973

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager S. Rainie '74, Drill Master L. Johnson '74, Student Conductor T. Pedulla '75, Drum Major P. Ramirez '74. Brown bandies, disguised as ABC sports producers, steal the Drum with the unwitting aid of Sam Coppersmith, future manager. The drum is recovered and Sam feels suitably sheepish. Band plays Brown Band in hockey (and smashes them). Abortion rights are established with Roe v. Wade. Marry Barry twirls baton during football season. The Band plays at the world premiere of The Paper Chase. ABC covers Band's Cornell halftime show (as Band spells "ABC").

1974

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager G. Russell '75, Drill Master T. White '75, Student Conductor T. Pedulla '75, Drum Major D. White '75. At the 55th Mom jumps out of cake on the 50-yard line. President Nixon resigns. Peter Schickele, of P.D.Q. Bach fame, is commissioned to write a work in honor of the 55th. Sam Palafian plays Asleep in the Deep on the Big Tuba. Band plays on the ice at the yAle hockey game. Jazz Band tours Dominican Republic.

1975

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager S. Coppersmith '76, Drill Master J. Cronin '76, Student Conductor T. McGrath '76, Drum Major T. Barrette '77. Band roster reaches 200; Harvard football team captures Ivy League title. At Princeton show, audience sings Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in German along with Harvard Band. Band Endowment Fund is instituted. U.S. civilians are evacuated from Saigon, marking the end of the Vietnam War.

1976

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager R. McDonald '77, Drill Master R. Minard '77, Student Conductor J. Barbash '78, Drum Major T. Barrette '77. Band pulls "stunt of the century" when Stud Con Barbash, dressed as Leonard Bernstein, lands a helicopter on the 50-yard line at the Brown game. Stadium audience believes he really is Bernstein. yAle steals the Drum before the Game. Carter pardons draft dodgers. Band plays at Concord to commemorate 200th anniversary of Harvard's relocation during the revolution.

1977

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager D. Glor '78, Drill Master T. Russell '78, Student Conductor J. Barbash '78, Drum Major C. Vincent '78. Elvis dies (?). Band gets stuck in traffic jam and is an hour late to Harvard Club concert. Wind Ensemble plays at McGill University in Montreal. Band plays for fencing matches, swim meets and field hockey, as well as ice hockey and basketball. (Harvard beats top-ranked Penn.)

1978

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager S. Cohen '79, Drill Master E. Harris '79, Student Conductor C. Kelly '80, Drum Major B. Shepard '79. Part of the Band goes to Stanford with Harvard men's basketball team. Band writes "Harvard" in script at Penn game. Camp David Accord establishes peace between Egypt and Israel. Band plays yAle band in hockey (resulting in a tie).

1979

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager D. Wasserman '80, Drill Master T. Cole '80, Student Conductor C. Kelly '80, Drum Major N. Gaudet '80. Diane Wasserman becomes first woman to be named manager. Drum Major Gaudet takes the field on a rearing white stallion for the "Lone Ranger" show. Five hundred Iranians storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran and hold hostages for 444 days.

The Eighties

1980

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager D. Green '81, Drill Master D. Hirshhorn '81, Student Conductor P. Torvik '81, Drum Major P. Micou '81. The Band gets thoroughly drenched as rain dampens the games at Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, and Brown. The US Olympic hockey team has its "miracle on ice;" the Band has its own "miracle" when it takes to the ice at yAle in bathing suits and leis.

1981

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager M. Ellard '82, Drill Master D. Pinto '82, Student Conductor M. Seltzer '83, Drum Major R. Stemmens '82, Schneider J. Dotson '82. Band roster reaches 300. Band plays Born to Run. The space shuttle Columbia successfully completes its first mission. Band eats giant chocolate moose at yAle game.

1982

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager A. Murphy '83, Drill Master M. McClung '83, Student Conductor P. Reale '83, Drum Major L. Sperber '83, Schneiders K. Abbott '83 and L. Millett '83. Band plays for the Red Sox opener. Federal court ruling breaks up AT&T. ABC covers Band at Holy Cross game, deeming show "Halftime of the Week."

1983

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager C. Clark '84, Drill Master D. O'Brien '84, Student Conductor R. Reetz '84, Drum Major E. Harris '84, Schneider R. Bloch '84. Band does show about car-bombed Marines in Lebanon and Korean Airlines flight 007 shot down by U.S.S.R. P.A. system garbles this show, and University officials threaten the student-run status of Band. Band begins submitting shows for censorship to Dean Epps. Band plays basketball halftime show at yAle.

1984

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager P. O'Brien '86, Drill Master C. Warner '85, Student Conductor M. McDonald '85, Drum Major W. Moore '86, Schneider M. Shaw '85. 65th reunion. Fight Fiercely is introduced as a fight song at the Brown game. U.S.S.R. boycotts Los Angeles Olympics. People from I.B.M. donate money so the Band can buy a personal computer. "Toast to the Ivy" is released; the album is the first full collection of all the Ivy medleys and Harvard's fight songs.

1985

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager J. McCafferty '86, Drill Master S. Sheagren '86, Student Conductor C. Stern '86, Drum Major G. Breen '86, Schneider P. Prince '86. At sparsely attended UMass game, Band makes 3-D formations in the stands at Soldier's Field. Live Aid concert makes $70 million for African relief. Harvard hockey team makes NCAA final game at Providence, accompanied by the Band.

1986

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager A. Houck '87, Drill Master N. Jussim '87, Student Conductor R. Lowe '88, Drum Major C. Walther '87, Schneider R. Serfeddine '87. Harvard holds 350th anniversary celebrations, including the Band in the festivities. Prince Charles waves to the Band during an all-English music concert. At the NCAA Consolation game in Detroit (which Harvard wins), the Minnesota band cheers to Harvard, "That's all right; that's OK; we'll outdrink you any day." The Harvard Band responds, "But we don't like milk." Band ponchos are introduced. Charles White '74 donates money for a Band video recorder. Space Shuttle Challenger explodes.

1987

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager E. Page '88, Drill Master I. Jones '89, Student Conductor R. Lowe '88, Drum Major M. Keem '88, Schneider M. Benander '88. Coldest yAle game ever leaves some bandies singing the halftime show after their instruments freeze. Legend has it that bandies turned to alums' whiskey--and put it on their valves in an attempt to unstick the frozen pieces. Despite subzero temperatures, the team captures the Ivy League crown. The first annual Ski Trip is organized. The stock market crashes.

1988

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager C. Berkenstock '89, Drill Master J. Gerace '89, Student Conductor R. Fecher '89, Drum Major J. Bernstein '89, Schneider Z. MacRunnels '89. Phil Wilson solos at the first Trombone Day. Dan Quayle becomes Vice-President. Band celebrates 69th reunion (slogan: "69 and still blowing"), plays for the Harvard-Duke basketball game. The Band plays for Harvard hockey as it captures the NCAA title in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1989

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager J. Chen '90, Drill Master J. Nicklaus '90, Student Conductor N. Whitmire '90, Drum Major P. Brown '90, Schneider D. Korfhage '90. 70th reunion. Band performs in parade for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Score is introduced as a fight song. The Berlin Wall falls. Staff fills the manager's office with worms.

The Nineties

1990

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Jim May '91, Drill Master Scott Berney '91, Student Conductor Paul Asimow '91, Drum Major Dan Hurwitz '91, Schneider Laura Brooks '91. Band plays in Cheers parade celebrating the show's 100th episode; plays for Harvard Basketball against Duke again. The Band forces its way inside Crimson for a surprise gig. U.S. forces invade Panama. Stud Con Asimow jumps to fame with Brown-Eyed Girl arrangement as Band makes references to Brown prostitution ring in halftime show.

1991

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Kim Petersen '92, Drill Master Jeff Schnipper '92, Student Conductor Jill Oxley '92, Drum Major Jamie Bell '92, Schneider Pete Kolovos '92. R-A-D, arr. Finnegan, is introduced as a fight song - Band now sings "Oh Radcliffe, our alma mater..." at football games. Band "wins one for the Schnipper" as Dr. Seuss halftime show is played on National Public Radio. At yAle marching practice, Band marches backwards through three feet of mud. The U.S.S.R. is disbanded. The Drum leaves for California to be fitted with new heads.

1992

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Victor Hwang '93, Drill Master Jonathan Koppell '93, Student Conductor John Pottow '93, Drum Major Dave Greene '93, Schneider Holly Blumenthal '94. The Drum returns, tanned and rested, in time for football season. Saturday Night Live trombonist Steve Turre plays at Trombone Day. Harvard singing groups join giant chorus line at yAle. Band leads John Lithgow in first Arts First Parade. Manager Hwang helps found Spirit Committee at Harvard. The last line of Fair Harvard on Commencement programs reads, "Clam rising through change and through storm." (emp. added) Riots erupt in Los Angeles.

1993

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Cammie O'Connor '94, Drill Master Adam Kissel '94, Student Conductor Melika Fitzhugh '94, Drum Major Craig Coldwell '94, Schneider Holly Blumenthal '94. The Midwest is flooded. The Band plays for the dedication of the John F. Kennedy Museum, attended by the Kennedys and President Clinton. Bill waves at the Band. The Band's phone number is changed to 496-BAND. The Band travels to Minnesota for NCAA Hockey Final Four. Vice-President Al Gore conducts the Band at Commencement. The Band mourns the passing of Alice B. Tondel, "Mom."

1994

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Anne Eakin '95, Drill Master Duane Stewart '95, Student Conductor Grant Dixton '96, Drum Major Bill Cook '95, Schneider Mike Ronan '95. The 75th reunion is a big success, as the Band plays 1812 Overture with hydrogen balloons exploding to the cannon shots. O.J. Simpson trial soars in Nielsen Ratings.

1995

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Grant Dixton '96, Drill Master Dave Strong '96, Student Conductor Mike Soss '96, Drum Major B.J. Priester '96, Schneider Corey O'Hara '96. The Harvard Band taunts Holy Cross with Under The Sea, Yellow Submarine, and Tide is High. Upon returning to Cambridge, the Band finds the Band Room flooded. Drum Major B.J. Priester terrorizes Canadian geese on the practice field. Canadian geese terrorize B.J. Priester. The Bagpipe Cheer appears.

1996

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Brady Hunsaker '97, Drill Master Cyrus Mody '97, Student Conductor Rachel Lebejko '97, Drum Major Catharine Hornby '97, Schneider Emily Stebbins '97.

1997

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Martha Bohm '98, Drill Master Leonard Lu '98, Student Conductor Daniel Garvey '98, Drum Major Dalton Courson '98, Schneider Joel Sawady '98. Football team bulldozes through the Ivy League, setting several records in the process.

1998

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Kate Wiswell '99, Drill Master Morgan Goulet '00, Student Conductor Mark Simon '99, Drum Major Rebecca Gaines '99, Schneider Karin Johnson '99. The Band travels to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament as #16 Harvard upsets #1 Stanford in the West regional. Stanford Band jams with the HUB afterwards. Band plays in the Lampoon's inaugural "Real Man of the Year" award ceremony.

1999

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Kevin Daly '00, Drill Master Todd Sangster '00, Student Conductor Shalla Santos '00, Drum Major Morgan Goulet '00, Schneider Jeanna Emert '01. The Band begins playing regularly at women's hockey games. Band goes to Minnesota to cheer on the women's hockey team to its first national championship, parties with the team afterwards.

The Aughties

2000

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Lisa Card '01, Drill Master Danny Rhodes '01, Student Conductor Kris Gauksheim '01, Drum Major Jenn Doxtader '02, Schneider Jenn Doxtader '02.

2001

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Alisha Creel '02, Drill Master John Morris '02, Student Conductor Jenn Doxtader '02, Drum Major Nate Meyer '02, Schneider Matt Withers '01. The first football game, against Holy Cross, is cancelled after the attacks of September 11th. The football team goes on to win all of its games, finishing 9-0 for its first perfect season since 1913, and the seniors get their first victory over yAle in four years. At the halftime show during the game against Penn that decides the Ivy championship, new Harvard President Larry Summers' pants nearly fall off as he plays Red Rover against Harvard professors.

2002

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Courtenay Kessler '03, Drill Master Courtney Roberts '03, Student Conductor Chris Lamie '04, Drum Major George "Bud" Vana '03, Schneider Erin Morgan '03. The Band plays for former President Bill Clinton at an IOP event. The men's swim team requests the Band play at its Ivy League meet, and the Band plays for the men's lacrosse game against Princeton. The Band travels to North Carolina for the women's basketball NCAA tournament, and a largely crusty Band cheers on the men's hockey team in Worcester. The Band organizes its own foosball league. The Columbia Band makes national news with its risque halftime show. Dean Harry Lewis "flogs the dog" at the yAle halftime show immediately before the bulldog is destroyed by a chainsaw.

2003

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Dave Nierenberg '04, Drill Master Chris Lamie '04, Student Conductor Jack Miller '04, Drum Major Diana Fridberg '05, Schneider Matthew Dewitz '05. The Band travels to Albany for the men's hockey Ivy Championship. The Band plays for Lewis Black at the IOP. Halftime shows become more props intensive, putting renewed focus on Prop Crew. At the Columbia game, the Band performs with the UVA Pep Band (disbanded earlier that year after performing a skit mocking West Virginians at the Continental Tire Bowl).

2004

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Matthew Katcher '05, Drill Master Clark Rosensweig '05, Student Conductor Jamie Silver '06/Josh Rissmiller '06, Drum Major Matthew Dewitz '05, Schneider Katie Sullivan '06. The Band goes to Providence to cheer on the women's hockey team in the national championship. The 85th Reunion is a success. Onward Crimson is introduced. The Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years, and the Band plays at the impromptu celebration in Harvard Square. The football team is undefeated and wins The Game for the fourth time in a row.

2005

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Katie Sullivan '06, Drill Master Josh Rissmiller '06, Student Conductor Brett Wortzman '06, Drum Major Mark Geyer '06, Schneider Frances O'Donnell '07.

2006

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Kathryne Bevilacqua '07, Drill Master Justin Caram '08, Student Conductor Kenton Hetrick '07, Drum Major Lauren Morris '08, Schneider Kobey Shwayder '07. The World's Largest Baton was built and used during the Lafayette show. The yAle show includes a 30ft. hand of God.

2007

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Kathryne Bevilacqua '07, Drill Master Justin Caram '08, Student Conductor Kenton Hetrick '07, Drum Major Lauren Morris '08, Schneider Kobey Shwayder '07. The World's Largest Baton was built and used during the Lafayette show. The yAle show includes a 30ft. hand of God.

2008

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Grace Schroer '09, Drill Master Max Mishkin '09, Student Conductor Laura Garvin '10, Drum Major Greg Dyer '09, Schneider Mike Small '09. The Band travels to Duluth, MN for the Women's Frozen Four. JK Rowling compliments the Band's performance of former StudCon David Daniels' Harry Potter arrangement at her honorary degree dinner.

2009

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Alex Ahmed '10, Drill Master Brad Oppenheimer '10, Student Conductor Hannah Horowitz '11, Drum Major Caitlin Lewarch '10, Schneider Shaun Vigil '11. At the Senator's request, the Band plays for Ted Kennedy's special honorary degree ceremony, only the fourth such event in Harvard's history. The Band returns to the basketball court with its first basketball halftime show in 25 years, and performs at softball and women's volleyball for the first time in history. With these and other sports, the Band plays for 12 Crimson teams during the year, its largest recorded total. In the fall, the Band plays at Harvard's first official Freshman Convocation. The 90th Reunion is a success, as 200 alumni return to Cambridge for the event. Harvard Eternal is introduced. The Band cheers the football team on to victory over yAle for the eighth time in the past nine matchups, its best streak since 1922.

The Tens

2010

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Christine Son '11, Drill Master Andrew Maher '11, Student Conductor Jennifer Houpy '12, Drum Major Matthew Trout '11, Schneider Elizabeth Moroney '12. The Band plays at the memorial services for Dr. Allan R. Robinson '54, co-author of the Verse 1 of Ten Thou. The Band temporarily relocates to the Dance Studio above the OFA when 74 Mt. Auburn floods following a torrential downpour in July. The Band makes its first ever appearance at a Polo match, supporting the Harvard Polo team in a match against UConn in Newport, and managing to play Fight Fiercely 4 times in a span of 6 chukkers. Prop Crew builds a 32-foot-long set of 3D glasses at the Holy Cross night game, a full metal Iron Man costume with working light at the Cornell game, and a fine array of Wizard of Oz-themed props at the yAle game. Harvard beats yAle for the fourth year in a row.

2011

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Rachel Hawkins '12, Drill Master Duncan Watts '12, Student Conductor David Abarca '13, Drum Major Tatyana Avilova '13, Schneider Glenn Bogardus '12. The Band performs halftime at the final regular season basketball game of the year and propels the team to beat Princeton to get its first ever share of the Ivy League Championship. At the Bucknell game, the Band celebrates Harvard's 375th birthday, along with Tom's 40th year as Director of the Band. Bill Murray and Jim Downey show up to the Cornell game; Bill Murray calls Verse Two whilst conducting. At the game against Dartmouth, the Band perseveres in the wake of extreme weather, celebrating a successful performance of the halftime show in a snowstorm with red and green confetti. The 128th playing of The Game is marked by the Band deterring a yAlien invasion and Harvard winning by 38 points.

2012

Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager Garrett Morton '13 / Nina Khosrowsalafi '13, Drill Master Christopher Murray '13, Student Conductor Max Wang '13, Drum Major Nina Khosrowsalafi '13 / Elizabeth Moroney '12-'13, Schneider Catherine Flynn '13. The Band travels to Albuquerque and plays for the Harvard Men's Basketball team at Harvard's first March Madness bid in 66 years. All HUB instruments get repaired, and the Larry Millett Memorial Low Brass Fund donates four new tubas and two new baritones. The Band gigs with the Princeton Band in a fountain, performs Harvard Medley in Soldiers Field for the first time in over a decade, and plays only Christmas music for halftime at Penn. Prop Crew builds a giant spatula and converts it into a harpoon for the yAle game, gutting and destroying Moby Dan on the field.

2013

Interim Director Mark E. Olson, Manager Allyson Freedy '14, Drill Master Jack Davison '14/Ian MacGillivray '15, Student Conductor Louis Coppersmith '14, Drum Major Kimberly Johansson '15, Schneider Kathryn Wendorf '14. In February Our Director Tom Everett retires after 42 years of service to the Harvard University Bands. The Band travels with Harvard Women's Hockey to the NCAA Hockey quarterfinals at Boston College and also with the Harvard Men's Basketball team to Salt Lake City, witnessing Harvard Basketball's first NCAA tournament victory. The Band plays for the kickoff to the Harvard Capital Campaign Launch in September and supports the local Boston community marching in the Allston-Brighton Parade. The Band presents the world premier the Katzenjammer Prelude, composed by Jim Stephenson, commissioned in memory of the late and beloved Crustie Janet Katz '77. Taking to the ice, the Band performs a hockey "halftime" show, demonstrating the newly invented sport of Giant Curling. In the Fall, the Band plays a romantic medley to underscore the magic of a surprise proposal as a Crustie pops the question and dons more beards than the Red Sox for the Princeton game. Prop Crew builds a giant Viking boat and viciously slays the yAle dragon, leading to the seventh consecutive victory.

2014

Interim Director Mark E. Olson, Manager Theo Gerome '15, Drill Master Ian MacGillivray '15, Student Conductor Annie Rak '16, Drum Major Scott Johnson '16, Schneider Garrett Maron '16. Over spring break, the Band sojourned to Spokane, where they inspired the basketball team to a second straight first-round win in the NCAA tournament (and along the way bonding with the North Dakota State Band over laser tag and pizza). As the weather warmed, the Band spread cheer throughout Boston on Duckling Day, even playing for a marriage proposal along the way. In the Fall, the Band successfully celebrated its Ninety-Fifth Reunion, refusing to let inclement weather dampen the mood. The Montage Concert saw the debut of the new fight song Mt. Auburn March, written for the occasion. The rest of the season saw a series of adventures over half-time shows, ranging from a murder mystery in the woods of Hanover to fighting the supervillain Gràdê D'flación in Princeton. The culmination was the Band infiltrating and sacking yAle via the use of a Trojan Bulldog, with the team registering its eighth straight victory on a fourth-quarter drive (in a game that served as the host for that week's edition of ESPN Gameday, including an appearance by the Band).

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