I think this was written by Trashy. We obviously have a tape of this episode (which happens to contain the first reference to Big Ass Ham) and will put it online as soon as we get one of them TV-to-computer thingamajigs.

CUMB Appears on Letterman- Oct. 7, 1994

Recently, it seems that the Marching Band was extremely restless and needed something to do. Let's go play outside the Letterman show, Mike "Gooba Tooba" Stanton suggested. And go we did, with the help of the #1/9 subway...

We walk up Broadway, to the tune of Ironman, our death march. We hit 53rd, and cross the street...

We began to play for the assembled throng. And they were really hating us, except for those who said that we should keep playing in the vain hopes we might get in. Security thwarted us at every turn, telling us to move here, there, and wherever. I passed the helmet around, and made 4 bucks. I have to figure out what band thing I should use it towards...

But then, we found ourselves in the strategic position of being outside the door for when Dave does one of those "Peeking out the door" skits.

He comes back in, and says, surprisedly, "Hey there's a marching band out there!" (We don't hear this, as he's in the studio) and decides that we should be let in--much to the dismay of the security guards, who had gotten quite annoyed with us--but, as one guard told us, "What Dave wants, Dave gets."

Our appearance became a running gag, of sorts. Dave mocked our uniforms (or lack thereof, in some cases). He engaged Paul in some banter about having never been in a marching band. "It wouldn't make sense for me to be in a marching band. I don't play an instrument," quipped Dave. Little does he know how ironic this statement was...

We were then asked to come into the lobby, and we were filmed for a possible commercial bumper that was eventually edited out. Bummer.

But then we were asked to come back in... and march into the studio, as per their instructions. So, we marched in to "Who owns New York", and the rest is history.

About a week after the show, Worldwide Pants contacted us and offered a $2500 donation to CUMB so that we can buy us some uniforms. Yeah!! This is about half our budget for an average year, and allowed us to purchase the 100% virgin wool sweaters that our band now sports. Needless to say, Dave received a sweater of his very own.

As another footnote, a band on the west coast (can't remember which--maybe UCLA?) crashed the Tonight Show shortly after our escapade. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...