Michigan Marching Band
The history of the Michigan Marching Band began in the fall of 1896 when a seventeen year old from Ann Arbor, Harry dePont, invited all musicians on campus to attend a meeting for the purpose of organizing a band for the University. Nearly 30 musicians gathered in Harris Hall on a November evening for that initial meeting. Today the band is a 350-plus strong ensemble. In 1972 the band allowed women to join their organization and in 1982 the MMB was the first band to win the coveted Sudler Trophy at the 1983 Rose Bowl game. The Sudler Trophy is considered the Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world, it is awarded every other year recognizing one American college marching band's great tradition and national respect.
The MMB has one drum major, commonly referred to as the "Man Up Front." Like in most Big Ten bands, the MMB drum major is not a conducting position. The drum major provides whistle commands to provide song tempos and parade instructions. The drum major is best known for the "back bend" performed during pregame.
MMB's fight song, The Victors, is considered to be the greatest fight song ever written. It was first composed in 1898 by student Louis Elbel. The 38th President of the United States, and UM alumnus Gerald Ford often had the Naval Band play the fight song prior to state events instead of "Hail to the Chief."
It was in 1932, at the annual Michigan-Ohio State football game, that the Univerisity of Michigan Marching Band created the first "script Ohio" - predating a similar formation now made famous by the OSU band. (You are welcome Ohio State.)
This 13 piece band includes one drum major, one piccolo musician, one clarinet musician, one saxophone musician, one trumpet musician, one marching baritone musician, one mellophone musician, one trombone musician, one sousaphone musician, one snare drum musician, one bass drum musician, one cymbal musician and one tenor drum musician.
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