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Columbia to slash funding to Marching Band by 60%

We thought you should be up on this devastating news from campus regarding the Marching Band. The headline is that next year the Band’s budget, already lowest in the Ivy League, will be slashed by 60 percent. This story in the Columbia Spectator explains it pretty well.

We’re going to be doing our best to try to engage the administration to explain to them the error of their ways. They want school spirit? They want a sense of community and support for Lion athletic teams? And they go after the student group that provides all that like no other? Meantime, we’ll be working on ways to keep the Band in business.

I hope you’ll join us in registering your disapproval by reaching out to:

1. the alumni office at 877-854-2586
2. Dean James Valentini (212-854-2443 or jjv1@columbia.edu) and Dean Cristen Kromm (212-854-6806 or ckromm@columbia.edu) .

And as the calendar moves toward Columbia Giving Day on October 24 and year-end charitable donation time, we hope you’ll think of shifting some of what you might donate to Columbia to us instead so we can continue to help the Marching Band and the Wind Ensemble. If you disapprove of the administration’s short-sightedness, a gift to CUBAA would be a good way to show it.

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Homecoming 2017: Save the Date

Homecoming is coming! So you’re invited to join alumni of Columbia’s Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band for our fall get-together. The plan is a little different this year:

  • When: Saturday morning, October 14!
  • Where: Columbia Alumni Center, 622 West 113th Street
  • What: We’ll gather for an hour or so starting at 9:30 a.m. (free coffee and snacks), then ride a complimentary “spirit bus” up to Baker Athletics Complex (singing optional) for mingling with the general alumni population, lunch and the game against Penn. Former Spirit Managers will be needed to help lead songs on the bus!
  • Bring: Your instrument if you like (let us know if you want to join the Band for pre-game rehearsal, or if you’d like us to email you sheet music so you can practice to play “Roar, Lion” in the stands)

Starting the Year Off Right
The Marching Band had a pre-season gig on West 39th Street, playing for a hot young designer as part of New York Fashion Week. As football season gets underway, the group had an unusually successful recruiting effort, with especially strong percussion and lower brass turnout. The Wind Ensemble, meanwhile, is looking to a November 19 concert on campus, for which they’re getting set to dig into a repertoire that’s decidedly 21st-century but with a much older crowd-pleaser as a likely encore: Lassus Trombone (1915) by Henry Fillmore.

Planning a Gift?
Alumni unhappy that the Columbia administration continues to prevent the Band from playing Orgo Night in Butler Library have asked if they can make their annual tax-deductible donation to us instead of to their school as a protest statement. The answer: Yes, you can.

Come see us on October 14!