Sarah Zachos: "The band arrived early at Princeton for the football game and stole one of their big flags from on top of a building. Somehow we thought this was funnier and more clever than the administration did but I don't recall anyone actually getting into trouble."
Howard Stovall: "Sandy Haviland and I did a photojounalism essay on YPMB that appeared in either 1982 or 1983 Banner."
Stan Jaskiewicz: "The show I remember most from 81-82 was the opener, when we were effectively on probation. We began with bad classical music, and a script about the 'new and improved' YPMB. The announcer then did a play on a current movie about not being able to take it anymore, and welcomed the original YPMB."
"The Ivy presidents had gotten together that summer and decided that their bands had to tone it down since their single-entendres were angering too many alums. Accordingly, The first formation from the new, "Moral Majority-approved" band was MOM. I think we played "On The Good Ship Lollypop." Then the announcer said "The Yale Band doesn't do formations like THIS anymore" as we formed an oblong from the 20 to the 20 yard lines. "This formation is crude. This formation is vile. This formation is unconscionable! But wait!" Two sousaphones from opposite ends run and exchange places. "This new formation is nice. This new formation is clean. This formation is...just a cigar." Band plays "Smoke on the Water," cue the fire extinguishers.."
"I remember the school buses racing around the practice field track before dropping us off for our first unmarching rehearsal. Knew I had found the right (dis)organization."
"Communism show v. Dartmouth, the last Ivy game on one of the major broadcast networks. Beautiful TV shot of the first formation of the band in a hammer and cycle wearing their red shirts as the announcers went to commercial. Good thing too, since in rehearsal it had always looked like a half-eaten apple. Vivid memory of Peter Schmidts (sp?) reading The Communist Manifesto in the back the bus on the way to the practice fields with all the passion his actorly heart could muster.
That show also had a double ELI: And remember that Eggheaded Leftist Intellectuals, or E -L-I, will continue to Eliminate Leftover Imperialists, or E-L-I."
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