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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.

Homecoming 2016: Save the date

We have a couple great events planned for Homecoming this year! Here’s everything you need to know:

Pre-Homecoming Event
Join your Band friends and meet members of the current Marching Band at the Columbia Alumni Center, where we will hold a reading of a classic script.

          WhenFriday October 21, roughly 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.
          Where: Columbia Alumni Center – 622 West 113th Street

Click here to email us and RSVP!

Homecoming!
March (or just hang out in the stands) as the Lions take on Dartmouth for the annual Homecoming game. Stan Adelman, CC 67, will guest conduct “Sans Souci.”

          When: Saturday, October 22, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM (game time: 1:30 PM)
          Where: Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex

Click here to email us and RSVP!