History

Through our extensive network of band alumni, we have gathered many decades of Columbia Bands’ oral history, memorabilia and propaganda. Our archives encompass the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band from the earliest years of Columbia through the present.

Check out the timeline and list of coaches and conductors for a brief history lesson. We intend to load more archived material here in the coming months.

See below for a visual history of the band, as featured in the 2012 exhibition, “The Cleverest Band in the World: Marching and Playing for Columbia.”

For more pictures, see our photo archives

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For the Band’s motion picture appearances, please see The Columbia Band on the Big Screen.