We’ve digitized and stored in the cloud several recordings of the Columbia University Concert Band and Columbia University Jazz Band from the 1960s and 1970s. These are rough transfers from old tapes: not debuzzed, dehissed, fine-tuned or cleaned up in any way. But for those who were part of the music making, they’re great fun to listen to.

And we also have in the Audio Vault the oldest known Columbia Band recording, 80-some years old, from a time when the post-season Marching Band was transformed into the Columbia University Symphonic Band. Give a listen to what Roar, Lion, Roar sounded like back then.

Drop us an email at and tell us which ones you want. We’ll send you a link so you can download the files and listen on the device of your choosing. No charge but – of course – we love to get donations. We’re a 501(c)(3).

If you have audio or video – in any format – from your time in the Concert Band/Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Marching Band or an ad hoc group, please let us know. For our archives, we always welcome recordings or other Band-related memorabilia, ephemera or historica.

Click here for a full listing of what’s currently in our audio vault.

Carnegie Hall: the CDs

For a more polished look back at a piece of Columbia Band audio history, check out our fully-documented double-CD sets of the Band’s appearances at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and 1965.