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March 22, 2001 | CHRIS FOSTER
There will be no Grad Night celebration at the NCAA West Regional today, when Stanford faces Cincinnati's diploma-challenged basketball program. The Stanford band, notorious for its outrageous pranks, has been ordered not to wear graduation gowns mocking the woeful graduation rate of the Cincinnati basketball program, a band spokesman said Wednesday. "We got word from our athletic department that the NCAA has ordered us not to wear graduation gowns," said Aram Cretan, a sophomore trumpet player.
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January 2, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Some people probably think quarterback Jim Plunkett led Stanford to its last Rose Bowl victory. It's understandable if memories are foggy, because it's been that long. It was actually Don Bunce, backed by the "Thunderchickens" defense, back in 1972. The losing team was Michigan and Stanford was still nicknamed "Indians. " No wonder, then, Stanford so thunderously celebrated its 20-14 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday in front of 93,359 on a chilly, crisp day. You forget how hard it is to do this.
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August 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Stanford University's marching band, notorious for its pranks, is in trouble again, this time for allegedly trashing the trailer that had been its home for four years. University officials suspended the Leland Stanford Jr. University Marching Band when they learned that the "Band Shak" had been vandalized in mid-July, not long after the band moved into a new $2.8-million building.
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January 1, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
Thousands of voices counted down the final seconds. When is the last time you've heard modern sports fans, in unison, actually counting down the final seconds? "10…9…8... " chanted the band member in a purple wig, the sweatered man waving a frayed pompom, the elderly woman grinding her high heel into the sidelines as she wept. On the first day of 2013, the Rose Bowl gloriously sounded like 1972, its championship being celebrated by a team from a different era with followers from a different world.
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September 8, 1991 | PETE THOMAS
People won't soon forget that memorable day in 1982 when the Stanford band came onto the field during the final seconds of the annual Big Game against California, just before the Bears scored the winning touchdown with a five-lateral kickoff return. But the irreverent student-run band may soon be conducted off the field in favor of an outfit that marches to a more conventional drummer.
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November 2, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Talk about your different drummers. Tiggy plays the kitchen sink. She has it strapped across her hips like a snare drum and bangs at it with sticks, producing a rattle-whompus-Seussian sound, like a junkyard truck crossing the tracks. Nice. One edge of the old stainless steel sink, the one facing out, is broken off and lethal as a switchblade. No worries. Tiggy knows what she's doing. I think. I am marching with the Stanford band, legally known as the Leland Stanford Junior (pause)
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November 20, 2004
As an alumnus of the Stanford Band (1975 to '79), I would like to thank Thomas Bonk for the well balanced article (great title too). I had to chuckle at the UCLA band director's comment that his band was a "real band" (whatever that means). UCLA has a fine band, but they lack something the Stanford band has had since 1963 -- the complete and unalloyed adoration of the student body. We often played for three hours after every home game to an enthusiastic audience of dancing students -- an experience most other college bands can only dream about.
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November 1, 1990 | TED BROCK
Wednesday morning, word came down from Alan Cummings, Stanford's acting athletic director, that the Incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band is banned from the football field until it presents an "agreeable show format." Its format last Saturday disagreed with fans at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore., where the band was booed off the field after it performed a skit that featured a lumberjack and a spotted owl.
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November 7, 1986 | Associated Press
The Stanford marching band has been barred from taking the field in the Cardinal's next two football games following shows that included some members dropping their pants. University President Donald Kennedy Thursday backed Athletic Director Andy Geiger's decision to discipline the band, although Kennedy said, "I like the Stanford Band and a lot of the good things it does for people." Geiger took the action against the band Wednesday, saying, "Repeated warnings don't do any good.
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January 1, 2000 | Bill Plaschke
"This practice is top secret," the earnest young man said. "You can't be here." The most important team in today's Rose Bowl was spread across the Pasadena City College football field. There was running, some bumping, and somebody barking through a bullhorn. The earnest young man waved his arm away from the field, and you followed, finally stopping just beyond an end zone. Then you noticed, he had escorted you to a spot from where you could observe this top secret practice in detail.
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November 15, 2012 | By Chris Foster
UCLA took a big stand this week … in private. Athletic department officials told USC that the drum major for its band could not stick his sword in the Rose Bowl turf. The news leaked and consequences will follow. --Gophers are no longer in danger of being impaled at the Rose Bowl one Saturday every other year. PETA applauds. Minnesota ends boycott, schedules game with UCLA. --Rose Bowl officials do not have to spend thousands of dollars to resod after USC game. Economy suffers.
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November 2, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Talk about your different drummers. Tiggy plays the kitchen sink. She has it strapped across her hips like a snare drum and bangs at it with sticks, producing a rattle-whompus-Seussian sound, like a junkyard truck crossing the tracks. Nice. One edge of the old stainless steel sink, the one facing out, is broken off and lethal as a switchblade. No worries. Tiggy knows what she's doing. I think. I am marching with the Stanford band, legally known as the Leland Stanford Junior (pause)
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March 21, 2008 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
Times staff writer Sam Farmer will be writing about the people he meets and things he sees this week at the NCAA regional in Anaheim: Jim Harbaugh might not be a psychic, but he already knows the result of Saturday's game between Stanford and Marquette -- at least as far as he's concerned. It will be a win. And a loss. Harbaugh is Stanford's football coach, but his sister is married to Tom Crean, Marquette's basketball coach. So when Crean's team played Kentucky in the first game Thursday at the Honda Center, Harbaugh sat in the Marquette cheering section wearing a Golden Eagles T-shirt.
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August 6, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Stanford University's marching band, notorious for its pranks, is in trouble again, this time for allegedly trashing the trailer that had been its home for four years. University officials suspended the Leland Stanford Jr. University Marching Band when they learned that the "Band Shak" had been vandalized in mid-July, not long after the band moved into a new $2.8-million building.
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November 20, 2004
As an alumnus of the Stanford Band (1975 to '79), I would like to thank Thomas Bonk for the well balanced article (great title too). I had to chuckle at the UCLA band director's comment that his band was a "real band" (whatever that means). UCLA has a fine band, but they lack something the Stanford band has had since 1963 -- the complete and unalloyed adoration of the student body. We often played for three hours after every home game to an enthusiastic audience of dancing students -- an experience most other college bands can only dream about.
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November 16, 2004 | Thomas Bonk, Times Staff Writer
Practice was supposed to start at 3 p.m., but the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band doesn't run a tight ship, from the looks of things. Empty instrument cases are scattered across the floor. Six saxophones are stored in a red plastic tub with rope handles. An inflated rubber raft is docked on top of a sofa next to the overturned ice coolers. A Twister game is laid out on the floor next to a row of rusted lockers.
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January 8, 2000
As the wife of a Tournament of Roses volunteer, I went to the Rose Bowl because we get two free tickets and I love the Stanford band. A chance to see them not only in the parade, but on the field, was a motivating factor in sitting through cold weather, in insufferable seats and behind insufferable cheeseheads. As individuals, I am sure that fans from Wisconsin are generous and gracious people. As fans they, as a group, smell worse than Limburger cheese. They made deliberate noise throughout the national anthem, just because the Stanford band happened to be playing it. I hate whine with my cheese, so will skip the next game in the Rose Bowl with the Wisconsin fans.
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March 22, 2001 | CHRIS FOSTER
There will be no Grad Night celebration at the NCAA West Regional today, when Stanford faces Cincinnati's diploma-challenged basketball program. The Stanford band, notorious for its outrageous pranks, has been ordered not to wear graduation gowns mocking the woeful graduation rate of the Cincinnati basketball program, a band spokesman said Wednesday. "We got word from our athletic department that the NCAA has ordered us not to wear graduation gowns," said Aram Cretan, a sophomore trumpet player.
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