The Columbia University Marching Band was once an entirely student-run
organization. Now the Band is a protectorate of Teacher's College, and repeated
plebicites have yet to allow it to become a fully autonomous entity. Drew Coles is the Band Faculty Director.
However, Home Rule is still organized by the managing bored:
You can contact the Band in all sorts of ways. Good ol' analog mail will get to us when you send it to:
Columbia University Marching Band
101 Ferris Booth Hall, Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
This works, despite the fact that 101 FBH is now in a landifll on Staten
Island. You can also email us at the above addresses. Or hey, you can come see us! At the football games, we are always
seated in section F of Baker Field.
At basketball games, we are seated somewhere near the exit.
Do NOT send pictures, old papers, and the like to that address.
If you have old stuff (we really love old propaganda and pictures) call us directly and let us know.
A lot of alums just sent stuff to Columbia, expecting them to deliver it to us. Unfortunately,
they send it to the Columbiana Library.
This is basically the University archives. The stuff goes into a folder there, and will
never come out. Sure, we can go there and look through the folder anytime we want,
and we can even make photocopies for 20 cents a page, but it's a lot better for all parties
if you just send the stuff directly to us. Once again, we love getting letters, pictures,
stories, papers, anything.
Confused about what exactly all our jobs entail? Want more information than what appears in the constitution? Here's a bit more detail:
Head Manager (a.k.a. Prime
Minister) -- Represents the band. Deals with our Director. Runs all over the
place to take care of things that are supposed to be done by the
administrators who have taken control of the Band. Gets blamed by said
administrators when anything goes wrong.
Drum Major (a.k.a. Drum Major)
-- Conducts. Leads. Has high visibility. Also represents the Band. Takes flack from the Publick and Deans. Takes office immediately on election (as opposed to at halftime of the last football game like everyone else). Thanks you for coming. Always comes.
Poet Laureate (a.k.a. Scriptwriter) -- Conducts scriptwriting. Draws out formations. Feels sad when stuff gets cut.
Minister of Propaganda (a.k.a. Publicity Manager) -- Makes and recreates clever flyers
and trifolds. Maintains web page. Is clever. Has lots of fonts. Posters at all hours of the
night (especially during Orientation). Has a clever You Suck so that the
Band knows what it just did (or didn't do, depending). Creates other
propaganda. Goes to 307 Canal St. to buy flourescent orange postering tape.
Personnel Manager) -- Records really clever phonemail
messages for every Band event (generally at least 3 per week during
football season, and more than you would think in the offseason). Forwards
said clever phonemail messages to 50 or so extensions, including some non-members, since the messages are
clever enough that receiving Marching Band phonemail is a status symbol on
campus. Works all night to create a really fantastic Orgo Night message, and
then arranges to have it forwarded to every phone on campus. Takes roll. Takes flack if we leave anyone at that last rest stop. Wakes you up when you don't show up to call time.
Spirit Manager (a.k.a. Spirits Manager) -- Leads the Band in song and cheer. Knows all the verses to all the songs. Gets hoarse. Has high visibility. Takes flack from the publick.
Requisitioner (a.k.a. Equipment Manager) -- Orders
and reorders and reorders uniforms. Buys instruments. Buys parts for broken
instruments. Fixes Band property. Is severely inconvenienced with great
regularity when the Band realizes at Thursday practice that something is
needed for a Saturday morning performance. Takes inventory. Takes flack.
Travel Manager --
Responsible for getting us where we're going. Clean up the band bus and
stands. Make sure other people know we're coming and find out how long our
shows are. Make sure visiting bands know how to get here and what to do
once they arrive. Call the Cottage. Arrange for someone to get the press
pass for each game. Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag. Bring a map.
The Managing bored elections are held once every year, after the
second-to-last football game and before the last football game. To vote in
elections you have to have gone, in uniform, to 3 football games and at
least one practice in each of the weeks leading up to the 3 football
games within the previous year (although more frequent association with the Band is not
in the least bit frowned upon) unless you're special.
There are some other, less formal officers: Section Leaders, Scriptreader, and some shadier positions. While
these jobs are important, they aren't Bored positions; you don't get a vote at Bored meetings.