Holy Cross Goodtime Marching Band

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Holy Cross Crusader "Goodtime" Marching Band
School College of the Holy Cross
Location Worcester, Massachusetts
Conference Patriot League
Founded 1845
Director Mr. Nicholas J. McKenzie
Members 38
Fight song "Chu Chu, Rah Rah"
Uniform Black overalls, Purple and White jacket with black cuffs and purple sequined sash, black shoes, black gloves, white plume, purple shako with silver brim and accent.

Formed in 1845, the Holy Cross "Goodtime" Marching Band (HCGTMB) is one of the oldest organizations at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.[1] The "Goodtime" Band first began performing at football games in 1910 and the band's role has expanded significantly since to include other athletic appearances, performing at all home football games, selected away games, in exhibition at high school band competitions, and at various events throughout the country. In the spring, the marching band converts into the Holy Cross Crusader Pep Band and plays at all home basketball games, and travels with the teams to the NCAA tournament. The Marching Band performs at Fitton Field while the Pep Band plays in the Hart Center.


The band is made up of a cross-section of students who have immense school spirit and a strong camaraderie. Members study all majors and disciplines offered by the college and come from various marching and musical backgrounds. Currently,[when?] members represent eighteen different majors and five academic concentrations. Members are accepted from schools in the Worcester Consortium, and members have in the past attended both Assumption College, and Worcester State College. In the fall, there is a four-day "Band Camp" for all members, which teaches them basic marching techniques while also encouraging new members to interact with upperclassmen.

Members are able to move into the college early in order to participate in this "Band Camp" and to utilize the muscle of other members for moving in their belongings. Often, members will go Band Bowling together to cap off the session.

Marching Band[edit]

The Holy Cross "Goodtime" Marching Band in the familiar HC formation

During the fall, the "Goodtime" Marching Band practices during the week (traditionally three times a week for an hour and a half each session) and performs at all home football games, select away games, in exhibition at high school band competitions, and at various events throughout the country. Performances responsibilities at sporting events include a pre-game show of traditional Holy Cross music, playing pop songs in the stands, a halftime field show, and a post-game concert.

When the Band is not entertaining crowds at sporting events, it keeps itself busy in other fashions. Traditionally, the Band travels to area nursing homes during the holiday season to play Christmas carols and visit with the residents. In the past, the Band has played at the annual Holy Cross Christmas tree lighting ceremony at O'Kane. Other events have included the Relay for Disaster Relief, an open-air concert at Faneuil Hall in Boston, the Boston MS Walk, the Worcester St. Patrick's Day Parade, and Father McFarland's Birthday in Kimball. The "Goodtime" Band has also performed internationally, including engagements in Ireland and Bermuda.

100th anniversary[edit]

The HCGTMB conducted a celebration of its first performance on Fitton Field which occurred in 1910 in October 2010. The celebration included a gathering for past band alumni and current band members to discuss memories and history of the Holy Cross Band Program.


During the 2010 season, the band was left without a director just before the beginning of the football season. A former band member and 2009 graduate, Matthew Cain, stepped in and served as interim director, organizing and conducting weekly rehearsals, coordinating non-athletic performances, and even arranging songs for the band to play at basketball games during pep season. During the season, the band looked to hire a permanent director, and appointed Nicholas J. McKenzie, a graduate of UMass Amherst and a professional in both band direction and drill coordination. McKenzie assumed his position at the end of the marching season in 2010 and, under his leadership, the band has unveiled new uniforms and a new field show. The band debuted the show and uniform at the first night game held at Holy Cross' Fitton Field, on 1 September 2011, a game against UMass. The band was well received by the crowd of almost 20,000 fans, alumni and students.


Music performed at games includes a wide variety of classic pep band songs, and some HCGTMB original arrangements. Favorite pep band songs include:

"Cuban Coffee", "Danger Zone", "Gimme Some Lovin'", "Hey! Baby", "An Irish Party in Third Class" (from the movie Titanic), "Land of a Thousand Dances", "Magic Carpet Ride", and "Sweet Caroline".

The band also plays the theme songs to several sports shows, including ESPN's SportsCenter, NFL on Fox, CBS's "Road to the Final Four."

The field show is the highlight of the Marching Band season. Field shows generally include three to five songs with a uniting theme.

2013: ""Goodtime", Massachusetts: The Bay State's Best Beats" "Foreplay/Longtime", "Peace of Mind", "More Than a Feeling", "Ragdoll", "Walk This Way", "Mama Kin", "Dude Looks Like a Lady", "Dream On", "Shipping Up to Boston", "Sweet Caroline"

2012: "The "Goodtime" Falls in Love" Show 1: "Haven't Met You Yet", "Somebody to Love", "Creep", "Chapel of Love", "Never Gonna Give You Up". Show 2: "Sweet Child o' Mine", "Welcome to the Jungle", "Paradise City".

2011: "Operation Goodtime" The Spy Show: "Get Smart," "Mission Impossible," "The Pink Panther," "Espionage," "James Bond Closer Medley." The Ska Show: "Riding the Fourth Wave," "Sell Out," All My Best Friends Are Metalheads," and "Don't Let the Good Times Past You By".

2010: "Let's Run Pregame for the 100th Time!": "Just Dance/Yeah!," "Let's Get Loud/Party in the USA", "Let's Groove"

2009: "Progression of Pop": "867-5309/Funkytown," "The Impression That I Get," and "Viva la Vida/Let's Get It Started"

2008: "British Invasion": "Paint it Black," "Pinball Wizard" from "Tommy", and "Can't Buy Me Love/Magical Mystery Tour"

2007: "As Heard on The Fox": Carry On Wayward Son, More Than a Feeling, and Livin' on a Prayer

2006: "Songs We Like": Thriller, Beatles Medley, including Yellow Submarine and Eleanor Rigby, and Invisible Touch

2005: "We're Funky!": Spinning Wheel, Funk Medley, and September


The Holy Cross "Goodtime" Marching Band, unlike an Ivy League scatter band, plays music throughout the entire halftime show, and moves while doing so. The band marches in a roll step style as opposed to the high stepstyle common in midwestern marching bands.

Pep Band[edit]

During the spring semester, many marchers trade in their uniforms for striped purple-and-white rugby shirts and transform into the Holy Cross Crusader Pep Band. The band attends the men's and women's basketball games played at Holy Cross, as well as selected hockey games. The BC Eagles were the Crusaders' basketball rivals until 2006 but currently[when?] include American University and Bucknell University teams.[2] Recent NCAA trips include the 2009 competition at American University and the 2007 competition in Columbus, Ohio, for the men's team and Raleigh, North Carolina, for the women's team. Past trips have included St. Louis, Missouri, Indianapolis, Indiana, and College Park, Maryland.


The Tone Dance[edit]

The Tone Dance, also referred to as the "Goodtime Shakedown," is the most popular of the band's game time shenanigans. The Tone Dance includes various movements and gestures that change with current events. In 2010, some movements depicting this cultural shift included the "Soulja Boy", "Thriller" and the "Stanky Leg". Typically, the Tone Dance is performed at the beginning of the third quarter for football games and the third period in basketball games.

The band name[edit]

Every year, band members vote on a new section of the band name. Currently,[when?] the band name includes 38 clauses. The official band name is:

The Holy Cross Crusader, Hit and Run, Giant Killer, Neutral Field, Pull Through the Clutch, Never Say Die, Have Ticket Will Fly, Have Coffee Will Sober, Legendary and Notorious, Tug of War, Apple Corps, Halloween Howling, Rugby Shirt Erasing, Only Undefeated, Papally Blessed, Award Winning, Lost in Paramus, Cigar Smoking, Push It, Tone Deaf, Waterlogged, "Got There, Got There," Our Power is Beyond Your Understanding, Lush and Haunting, Feeling the Unit, Topless on the Turnpike, Visually Stimulating, Sublimely Sybaritic, What About Bob?, Band is Safe Sex, Maximum Capacity, March to the Arch, Turning Over a New Rob, Holy Cross College High School, Harnessing Our Inner Chu, Brrreakdown, "Less Poncho, More Feeling," Off We Go... to Ramapo??, Dancin' in the Street, Dancin' in the Street, Foster-Care Rockin', "Goodtime" Marching Band[3]

Innovation and unique events[edit]

Keeping with the "Goodtime" Band's tradition of having unique, innovative events, the band performed a very special halftime-show for its 2012 home-opener football game. The band invited the YouTube phenomena Taylor Davis to perform her medley of music from the Legend of Zelda video game series, while the band accompanied her. They announced a special give-away for the weeks leading up to the performance, culminating in the giveaway of a Limited Edition Nintendo 3Ds and Ocarina of Time game cartridge.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kuzniewski, Anthony J. Thy Honored Name: A History of the College of the Holy Cross, 1843-1994. Catholic University of America Press, 1999. 67. Print.
  2. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/mens_basketball/articles/2006/05/19/it_should_not_be_a_cross_to_bear/?page=1
  3. ^ http://college.holycross.edu/studentorgs/band/Tradition/about_our_name.htm

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