Clarinets and Scramble Bands

The woodwind instruments in a band play a similar role as the brass: they power the melodies and beat, while adding a unique tone that leads to a complete sound. One of the most recognized woodwinds is the clarinet, featured in almost every marching band, including, of course, the Columbia University Marching Band.

The clarinetists of the Columbia University Marching Band at a recent Tax Night.

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Instruments of the Marching Band

As with almost everything regarding the band, there are the traditions of more conventional marching bands, and then there’s the way the Columbia University Marching Band does it. Continue reading

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Trumpets and the Marching Band

No marching band would be complete without a strong section of trumpets. With the highest register among brass instruments, the trumpet drives the melody of most songs the Columbia University Marching Band plays. Continue reading

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Trombones and the Marching Band

A major part of any orchestra or band, the trombone is an extremely important instrument as it offers unique contributions that add depth and continuity to musical compositions. Continue reading

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CUMB: A Perfect 10 out of 10

They know they’re clever, but it’s nice to get independent verification of it.

The New York magazine apparently attended Senior Night at Levien Gymnasium February 27 to rate Columbia University during the Princeton-Columbia game. While Columbia Univesity failed in every category (getting 4′s, 5′s, and 2′s in important categories like Quality of Play and Facilities), the Columbia University Marching Band did its usual lion’s share in helping receive a perfect 10 out of 10 in the School Spirit category. Continue reading

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Everyone Loves the Band – Even Roar-ee

Check out Roar-ee the Columbia Lion, the university’s official mascot who shows up at most sporting events with the Columbia University Marching Band.

Roar-ee, deflated, after not being able to find the Columbia University Marching Band

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More Tax Night Videos!

Just in case you can’t wait until April 15th – when the Columbia University Marching Band plays at the 34th street Post Office for Tax Night – here are some more Tax Night videos. This clip is of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.

Here’s the Columbia University Marching Band playing Europe’s “The Final Countdown”, a fitting song for the late tax-filers on Tax Night!

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Tax Night: Another Great Columbia University Marching Band Tradition

Every April 15th, the Columbia University Marching Band heads down to the Post office on 34th Street to bring some cheer to everyone out late filing their taxes. Here they are playing Weezer’s “Buddy Holly” for all the late-night filers (and anyone else who’s around).

Find out more about the Tax Night tradition by clicking here.

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Orgo Night: A Columbia University Marching Band Tradition Like no Other

Orgo Night – a midnight (11:59pm) performance by the Columbia University Marching Band in the main reading room of the Butler Library the night before each semester’s organic chemistry final – is a tradition 25 years running.

The Columbia University Marching Band puts on its Orgo Night for a packed house at Butler Library. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2645/4192655241_df21ba1706.jpg

Read more about the event on our Orgo Night page.

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Controversy and the Columbia University Marching Band

Even the cleverest of us can’t go too long without getting into some trouble. And the same is true for The Cleverest Band in the World.

While the Columbia University Marching Band usually does a good job with its satire, sometimes its antics create controversy that has gotten the band talked about across the country, and even banned from performing at certain colleges! Continue reading

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