The Columbia University Band Alumni Association brings together the scattered but enthusiastic alumni of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band. For Bandies past and present, we arrange social and networking events, including an annual reunion each October at Homecoming. And through mentoring, fundraising and gentle badgering, we try to make today’s Columbia Band even better than we were.

We’re a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. If you believe in the Band, click your heels together three times and then click here to do your part.

Meet up at Homecoming 2013

Alumni Reception – Friday, October 18
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Columbia Alumni Center, 622 West 113th Street.

Join alumni and members of the current band for light refreshments and audio and video entertainment. This event is totally free of charge and strictly casual, and no doubt when the official affair is over some attendees will retire in
clusters to a neighborhood food or drink spot. Please RSVP to

Band Alumni 2012
Homecoming- Saturday, October 19
Columbia – Penn (1:30 kickoff)
Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at Baker Athletics Complex

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Instrument Drive

As anyone who has been in the Columbia Band knows, keeping a proper store of instruments for use by student musicians is an ongoing struggle, one that CUBAA hopes to help ease. Most immediately, several of the Marching Band’s instruments need repairs before the start of football season. The Band also could make good use of an additional trumpet or two, as well as other instruments, and needs to replenish its supply of drumsticks, reeds, brass mouthpieces, valve oil, flip folders, lyres and other accessories that make a band a band.  Read more

Carnegie Hall Recordings

Band alumni have been unearthing a range of Band recordings from decades past: Jazz Band tapes from the ’70s, Concert Band tapes from the ’60s, even a couple of 78 RPM records cut in 1933 by the (ahem) Columbia University Symphonic Band. The prize finds so far are tapes of two Carnegie Hall joint concerts: one with Lehigh’s band in 1963, one with Harvard’s in 1965. For alums of the sixties, we plan to release those two as CD sets, with souvenir brochures containing programs, notes, photos and – yes – lists of the performers, so you can prove to your kids and grandkids that you were there. Watch this space.

Special Exhibit

“The Cleverest Band in the World: Marching and Playing for Columbia,” a special exhibit on Band history, was on display at the Columbia Alumni Center October 19, 2012 – April 6, 2013.
The show featured a range of memorabilia telling the story of Columbia bands from 1904 until today – on the field, in the concert hall, on TV, in movies, and wherever else Band members gather to entertain in their own patented way. Featured: a video with a soundtrack including just-found recordings of the Band from as far back as 1933.

You can find some historical photos from the exhibit here. More, we hope, before long.
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