Thursday, November 17, 2011

Columbia Band Banned For Fight Song Change

The Columbia University marching band has been banned from performing at their home finale against Brown after poking fun at the team following their 62-41 defeat last weekend at Cornell.

Here's the highlights, thanks to Cornell...

After every game, win or lose, the Columbia band plays the school fight song, "Roar, Lion, Roar." Last Saturday, the band changed the lyrics to fit the team's 0-9 this season.

They changed the lyrics to: "We always lose, lose, lose; by a lot, and sometimes by a little," according to an article in the Columbia Spectator, the school's student newspaper.

"Our football players, coaches, alumni, parents are extremely hurt, disappointed and angry by the band's behavior at Cornell," Columbia athletic director Dr. M. Dianne Murphy told the paper.

"Because of the band's disrespect for the feelings and efforts of their classmates and fellow Columbians, we believe that allowing the band the opportunity to perform at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium on Saturday undermines the University's institutional support for our football team."

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