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Reunion 2017 information and other updates

Reunion 2017
Whether or not you’re in a Reunion class this year, you’re invited to join alumni of Columbia’s Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band:

When: Saturday, June 3, 4:00 to 5:15 or so
Where: TBA (find a Reunion program at any check-in table and look for “Performing Arts Group Affinity Reception”)
Cost: Absolutely nothing (food and drink included)

Making a Gift?
If you are a member of a reunion class, we’re told you can earmark your reunion donation to the Columbia University Marching Band or Columbia University Wind Ensemble and have it count toward your class total. Ask your school’s alumni office how to make this happen. Columbia’s future alumni instrumentalists will be thrilled.

Rounding Out the Semester
Those instrumentalists had a typically busy spring. The CUMB made a pop-up appearance at the New York City March on Science and continued traditions like Tax Day on the steps of the city’s main Post Office building just before the midnight filing deadline and Orgo Night (see next paragraph).

Meantime, the CUWE hosted its ninth annual multi-group Columbia Festival of Winds, played Carnegie Hall again (with a little financial boost from your Band Alumni Association, and featuring a guest appearance by former conductor Andy Pease) and squeezed in an outdoor concert on campus and another in Riverside Park.

And They’re Sticking To It
For the second semester in a row, the Marching Band was met by a phalanx of campus security guards barring the way into Butler Library for the traditional midnight show the eve before the start of finals. Once again, the Orgo Night roast went on – but outside Butler’s front door instead of in the more comfortable and appropriate setting of Room 209, the College Reading Room. The party line from Hamilton and Low continues to be that after 41 years the administration suddenly realized that students studying in 209 must have quiet, and complaints about some jokes in past years have nothing to do with the eviction order.

Despite the recommendations of all four undergraduate student councils, Spectator’s editorial board (“…to claim that students would be irreparably distracted from their studying by a publicized event in a place they could easily avoid for one hour a semester is absurd”), Bwog (“the only ‘study break’ that anyone at Columbia actually goes to”) and hundreds of alumni and students, it appears that at Columbia, political correctness trumps free speech. Sad.

Here’s the letter CUBAA wrote to Columbia College Today about the administration’s attack on Orgo Night (bottom of the page). We’ll keep trying to get the administration to sit down and talk.

Spring 2017 News and Updates

Columbia vs. Princeton Basketball
If you’re on campus at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 24, come join the Marching Band and alumni as we watch the basketball team take on Princeton. All of our alumni are invited to bring an instrument, sit in the stands, and cheer and play along. Liz Pudel, the head manager, can provide a comp if you email her at ep2648@barnard.edu by February 21. Alternatively,  you can buy tickets here or at the door. Join Bandies past and present at a get-together immediately following the game.

Festival Time!
On March 5, the Wind Ensemble will host the ninth annual Columbia Festival of Winds in Lerner Hall. The event includes performances by groups ranging from the Princeton University Wind Ensemble to the concert band from the Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented in Brooklyn plus, of course, the CUWE.

Aww!
An e-card for your Valentine? Bo-o-oring! Much better: a romantic song played right at your Valentine’s door by members of the Wind Ensemble. To raise money toward the cost of returning to Carnegie Hall for a planned April concert, the group this month advertised its Winds of Love service, which sends a team of musicians to dorm rooms to play a song suitable for the day (sample: “Just the Way You Are”). Cost: $12 for a song, $18 for a song with a red rose.

Got a Bari Sax?
Always looking to beef up its sound, the Marching Band is on the prowl for a serviceable baritone sax. If you’re a lapsed bari player ready to part with yours, or if you know someone willing to sell one cheap, please let us know.

Orgo in Singapore
Next time you find yourself passing through Singapore, check out Orgo, a rooftop bar and restaurant off Marina Bay. The place was launched eight years ago by Nick Yen SEAS91 and his business partner, a Japanese mixologist. Nick wasn’t a Marching Band member but he was a fan. “Yes,” he says, “the name was inspired by Orgo Night.” Drop in and identify yourself as a Band alum, he adds, and he’ll host you for a round. Another reason to keep the Orgo Night tradition alive.

Homecoming update and fall events

The night before Homecoming

Join your old Band and Wind Ensemble friends and meet current members at the Columbia Alumni Center, where we will hold a reading of a classic halftime script, look over some vintage printed concert programs, and pass on a piece of history to the band. Light snacks.

Friday October 21, 5 – 8 P.M.
Columbia Alumni Center, 622 West 113th Street
Click here to RSVP.

Homecoming!

Alumni are invited to march or just hang out in the stands with the Marching Band as the Lions take on Dartmouth at the annual Homecoming struggle.

Feel free to bring an instrument. Feel free to play it.

Saturday, October 22, 11 AM – 4 PM (game time: 1:30 PM)
Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex
Click here to RSVP.

And here’s a little about what’s up on campus this semester:

Band in the Park
What does the Marching Band do during football season when it has a Saturday off? On Sept. 24, the group didn’t travel to Washington, D.C. for the Georgetown game but instead went just a few blocks south and entertained at Columbia College Day at Central Park, a family-friendly event of the Columbia College Alumni Association. With games and pizza!

Concert in the Works
Meantime, the Wind Ensemble has begun rehearsals for its first concert of the 2016-17 year, booked for Sunday, November 20. For more details, watch this space.