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An update on our fundraising efforts

A very big thank-you to everyone who has stepped up to the plate with donations since the administration informed the Marching Band that starting next year it was pulling more than half its operating budget, already lowest in the Ivy League.

Gifts so far have ranged from $25 to four-figure sums. We truly appreciate them all, because each one represents a Columbian who appreciates the Band’s past and believes in its future.

Most exciting, a former Band member has just promised $5,000 for each of the next two years as a one-to-one matching challenge. So if you join our donors, your gift up to that limit will be worth double. We hope you’ll consider joining the drive, either via credit card or PayPal or by mailing a check to the address below.

Don’t forget, we’re a 501(c)(3), and we’ll happily send you a tax letter.

Also, if you work for a company that matches employees’ charitable contributions, please check to see if yours to CUBAA would be eligible. Having your company support the Cleverest Band in the World sounds like a great idea!

And one more thing on the support front: The administration’s recent treatment of the Band–attacking Orgo Night and slashing the budget–has upset some alumni who’ve been intending a place for Columbia in their wills. We know of one alum who canceled a planned gift and another who has told the deans that his substantial bequest, already written, will be eliminated if conflicts between the deans and the Band aren’t resolved.

For more than 100 years, the Marching Band has contributed greatly to the University community. Band alumni are proud to help their successors, but CUBAA believes the group’s regular financial support should come largely from Columbia’s pocket, as it always has, not from alumni. We hope the administration will come to recognize that its harsh treatment is sadly backfiring and damaging relations with both students and alumni.

Facebookers who want to join or observe the conversation on the conflict, and on other Band-related topics, can join our private Facebook group here.

We wish we could report some more peaceful news as the calendar year draws to a close, but we can all find satisfaction in the support you continue to show.

Please sign our Orgo Night petition!

Please sign our Orgo Night petition!

Click here to learn what it’s all about.

Click here to sign.

Click here to buy a fashionable Orgo Night t-shirt.

(Free expression never goes out of style.)

Reunion 2018 – June 2!

Columbia Reunion 2018 is almost here. But whether or not you’re in a Reunion class (the 3s and the 8s), you’re invited to join alumni of Columbia’s Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band as we get together on campus. You don’t have to register; just show up. We’d love to see you.

WhenSaturday, June 2
WhereMain floor lounge, Wallach (neé Livingston) Hall (between Hartley and John Jay)
What time: 2 to 5 pm. (In fact, we’ll be there all day, 9 to 6, if you just want a place to rest, recharge yourself and your phone, and hang out with others of the Band/Ensemble persuasion.)
CostAbsolutely nothing (light refreshments included)
Sponsored by: Paul Bua, CC ’93 (former drum major) and CUBAA

Note: Reunion literature lists an official “Performing Arts Groups Reception” in Lerner Hall. That’s mainly for alumni singers; ours is for instrumentalists.

Making a Gift?
If you are a member of a reunion class, you can expect to be unsubtly solicited for a donation. Steel yourself. Perhaps you wish to join alumni who are protesting the eviction of the traditional Orgo Night celebration from Butler Library by withholding donations to Columbia until a resolution is achieved. In the meantime, you can always donate to us (, to help keep the Band Alumni Association thriving; we’re a 501(c)(3). We’ll be thrilled.

Hope to see you on June 2.