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Strike up the band

The Dartmouth Marching Band
The Dartmouth College Marching Band cheers on the football team and Head Coach Buddy Teevens '79, center, at the Sept.17, 2005 away game against Colgate. (Photo by Mark Washburn)

Max Culpepper, Director of the Dartmouth College Marching Band (DCMB), said that this student ensemble group displays extraordinary school spirit with their appearances at football, ice hockey, and basketball games. Justin Blesy '06, the president of the DCMB, echoed the sentiment.

"I joined to go to the games and cheer on the team with the band. I'm a big sports fan," he said.

The DCMB, founded in 1889, transitioned to the current "scatter band" style of performing in the 1960s. The term refers to their seemingly unorganized method of scurrying into different formations between each song. To add to the entertainment, the group is adept at improvisation, and they develop a new, comical narrative each week to accompany their musical selections.

"We have quite a few funny people in the band who come up with a lot of our jokes," said Tara Burns '07, who is the DCMB's general manager. "After a few years, it gets difficult to come up with new material."

Burns says that while she's made lots of close friends by being in the band, she hasn't gained any notoriety.

"Unfortunately, no one has asked for my autograph," she said. "But we do get a lot of compliments on our crazy hats!"

For more information and a performance schedule, visit their Web site.

The marching band is known for its comic routines and interesting hats. The marching band is known for its comic routines and interesting hats. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Pelak '05)

By SUSAN KNAPP


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Last Updated: 12/17/08