Newsday, 11-10-93, by Roger Rubin, on page 166.
This Band Plays Some Mean Tunes
Mayor-elect Rudolph Giuliani need not
look to the Columbia University Marching
band as he pursues his post-election
attempts to reconcile the bitter racial and
ethnic animousity of the past campaign.
The band paraded its politics in a
routine before Columbia's game against
Dartmouth last Saturday, likening
Giuliani's election to a Nazi takeover and
goose-stepping onto the field. In the
routine, including a public-address
monologue, band formations and music, the
band took jabs at the mayor-elect's plans
for dealing with the homeless, saying the
Social Services Department could be renamed
Although the band's membership generally
turns over every four years, it has a
reputation that endures. Part of its renown
is for having as many members who don't play
musical instruments as those who do. The
rest is for its oft-controvertial routines.
The band was banned from performing at
West Point in the 1970s because it planned
an anti-military routine. In the 1980s, it
performed a halftime routine at Villanova
that dealt entirely with the topic of birth
control. One highlight was a condom-shaped
formation accompanied by "I hear you
knocking, but you can't come in."
Administration sources said the
Anti-Defamation League already has called to
complain about Saturday's performance. In
the past, the band has been admonished when
it has presented offensive material, but it
is only partially to blame. Every band
script is supposed to be reviewed by a
high-ranking university officer.
"When things like this happen, you wonder
if they followed the correct procedures."
said Bill Steinman, director of sports
Newsday, 11-11-93, from AP, on page 138.
Columbia U. Skit Rapped
A spokesman for Mayor-elect Rudolph
Giuliani has condemned a Columbia University
band skit that compared Giuliani to Adolf
Hitler before a football game last weekend.
Some 30 members of the university's
marching band participated in a skit before
Saturday's Columbia-Dartmouth football game
in which they appeared to goose-step on
Baker Field. They accused Giuliani of
planning "a final solution" for the city's
Cristyne Lategano, a spokeswoman for
Giuliani, said, "It is unfortunate that the
band members in question are so misinformed
about Giuliani's policies.
"The goose-step invokes tragic images of
the Holocaust," said a statement issued
yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League of
B'Nai Brith's regional chairman Robert
Machleder and ADL regional director Harriet
New York Post, November 10, 1994, by Dan Janison
Members of the Columbia University
Marching Band kicked up a storm over the
weekend when they goose-stepped on Baker
Field in a bid to liken Mayor-elect Rudy
Giuliani to the Nazis.
Band co-manager Patrick Lambert, a
20-year-old junior, said "We were drawing a
humorous paralell" by "suggesting changes
Giuliani might make in his new
"We said he might rename the Social
Services [Department] the SS inorder to
impose his final solution on the homeless
population," the Fort Worth, Texas, student
Giuliani responded: "Clearly Mr. Lambert
is misinformed about our homeless policy,
which will force... city agencies to help
them more quickly.
His spokeswoman, Christyne Lategano,
blasted the bit as "not only insensitive,
There's nothing funny about the
goose-stepping, or any image of Nazi
behavior. A university noted for such high
standards should be ashamed of such
outrageous actions," she said.
The dozen band members performed their
controversial routine just before the start
of Saturday's Columbia-Dartmouth football
Check out the script
that got everyone's dander up. This wasn't even the most
offensive of our scripts, in my opinion. That, and the facts in this
article are just
plain wrong. Dozen band members, my ass.