UCLA Bruin Marching Band

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UCLA Bruin Marching Band
"The Solid Gold Sound"
UCLA band.jpg
School UCLA
Location Los Angeles, CA
Conference Pacific-12 Conference
Founded 1921
Director Gordon Henderson
Assistant director N/A
Members 270
Uniform Navy Blue wool trousers and True Blue coat with gold and white trim, knee length gold capes on the left shoulder, white shoes, white gloves, shako hats with white 12" feather plumes
Website www.uclaband.com

The 270 member UCLA Bruin Marching Band, known as The Solid Gold Sound, represents the University at major athletic and extracurricular events. During the fall marching season, the Band performs at the Rose Bowl for UCLA Bruin home football games. Pregame shows by the Band aim to build crowd energy and enthusiasm with traditional UCLA songs like Strike Up the Band for UCLA, Sons of Westwood and The Mighty Bruins. Throughout the game, the Band performs custom-arranged rock and pop songs, as well as the traditional fight songs and cheers of the University. The UCLA Varsity Band appears at basketball games and other athletic contests in Pauley Pavilion.

The UCLA Band program, which includes the Marching and Varsity Bands, the Wind Ensemble and the Symphonic Band, is in the School of the Arts and Architecture's Department of Music, part of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music [1]. Band appearances at athletic events are funded primarily by student registration fees, a direct allocation from the Chancellor's Office and the Solid Gold Sound Club.

The 1993 UCLA marching band was awarded The Sudler Trophy, an award bestowed on one university marching band every year. Described by a Los Angeles Times reporter as "The Heisman Trophy of the collegiate band world",[8] the award does not represent the winner of any championship, but rather a band surrounded by great music and tradition that has become respected nationally.

Instrumentation[edit]

The Solid Gold Sound

For Fall 2006, the Band marched

For Fall 2011, the Band marched

  • 4 Drum Majors
  • 2 Feature Twirlers
  • 21 Flutes/Piccolos
  • 24 Clarinets
  • 21 Alto Saxophones
  • 12 Tenor Saxophones
  • 51 Trumpets
  • 15 Mellophones/French Horns
  • 33 Trombones
  • 24 Sousaphones
  • 32 Percussion
  • 11 Color Guard

The 2011 Band is also staffed by

  • 3 Graduate Teaching Assistants
  • 1 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
  • 4 Marching and Percussion Instructors
  • 1 Announcer
  • 2 Camera Crew
  • 2 Directors

For Fall 2012, the Band marched:

  • 2 Drum Majors
  • 2 Feature Twirlers
  • 19 Flutes/Piccolos
  • 25 Clarinets
  • 27 Alto Saxophones
  • 13 Tenor Saxophones
  • 50 Trumpets
  • 20 Mellophones/French Horns
  • 40 Trombones
  • 20 Sousaphones
  • 29 Percussion
  • 13 Color Guard
  • 5 TA's
  • 4 Instructors (Marching, Percussion, Color Guard)
  • 1 Announcer
  • 2 Camera Crew
  • 2 Directors

All marching members and teaching assistants in the Bruin Marching Band are full-time UCLA students.

For many years, the UCLA Bruin Marching Band had a featured female baton twirler, known as the "Golden Girl".[1] In 2006, instead of a twirler, the featured performer was a Band Juggler[2] For 2011, the Band has returned to having two Feature Twirlers, ReJoyce Green and Michelle Glymph.

In 2007, the Band marched 24 Sousaphones along with two alternates. 25 new Yamaha Sousaphones were purchased from a special allocation of funds from the Chancellor's Office.

The UCLA Drumline utilizes drums made by TAMA, with Remo drum heads, as well as cymbals by Zildjian. The bassline typically marches 6 basses and uses Vic Firth Bass Mallets. The tenorline plays on 6 drum multi-toms using MT1A Tenor Mallets by Vic Firth. The snareline plays using Ralph Hardimon sticks by Vic Firth.

Note that the UCLA Marching Band currently does not march Baritones or Baritone Saxophones, although marching baritone horns and before that, bell front euphoniums had been a component in the past.

Style[edit]

The UCLA Marching Band marches in a Drum corps style with low mark times and glide steps. Field formations include fast moving precision drill progressions, letter blocks, pictures, concert arcs, and the famous Cursive UCLA formation. The band does many different styles of shows, depending upon the occasion.

The exception to the drum corps marching style is the traditional pregame "run-on" where the band rapidly high-steps onto the field into the block letter U-C-L-A formation.

History[edit]

In 1925, at the Vermont avenue campus, The UCLA Marching Band originated as a 50-piece ROTC unit under the direction of W.G. Powell. The band was part of the welcoming group when John Philip Sousa visited Los Angeles in 1928, and were directed by Sousa in the performance of Stars and Stripes Forever.[3] At that time, the director was Ben Laietsky, a member of Sousa's band. The band remained a military group until 1934. In 1935, under the direction of Leroy Allen, the group became an integral part of campus life, providing music at rallies and games. The original uniforms were military style, with military caps and waist-length capes.[4]

Under directors C. B. Hunt and Patton McNaughton, the band increased in size to 128 members by 1947.

Clarence Sawhill and Kelly James 1952-1982[edit]

In 1952, Clarence Sawhill [2] became director of Bands. F. Kelly James [3] became the director of the marching band, a position he would hold until suffering a stroke at the UCLA-Cal football game in 1980. Sawhill and James grew the UCLA band program to include a 100 piece Concert Band, an 80 piece Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a 144-piece Marching Band, and a 60 piece Varsity Band.

In the 1950s the UCLA Marching Band uniforms were gold/yellow jackets with navy blue pants, blue shakos and white shoes. The band marched in a military style. The band appeared in color on the cover of the November 26, 1956 issue of Sports Illustrated.[5] It is one of the few so honored beginning with the University of Oklahoma marching band (1954), the Princeton University Band (1955), and later, The Ohio State University Marching Band (1958). This marks the first appearance by any UCLA organization on the cover of the magazine. But it is usually not listed along with the other cover appearances by UCLA athletes. (As of 2006, UCLA athletes have appeared on 105 covers, the most of any university and also any sporting organization.) [6]

In the 1960s and 1970s the band emulated the Queen's Guard. The band had a similar marching style, including the distinctive arm swinging, but also having the high "chair" step. The uniform pants were school colors blue and black trim, and imitation Bearskin (or tall Busby) hats. In the early 1960s, the uniform coats were gold. later the uniform coats were dark blue. The shoes were black with white spats.[4]

In 1961, the Band made a European Tour which included performances in Denmark, France, Austria, Germany, England and Switzerland.

In 1972, women were admitted to the UCLA Band, as well as other college marching bands around the country as a response to the Title IX educational amendment. Many marching bands, including the UCLA Band, had women members or a women's auxiliary unit during World War II, but the bands gradually became all-male organizations after the war.

In 1973, the band wore gold jackets, navy blue pants, navy blue turtleneck sweaters, and no hat, for one game. They were never used after that.[4]

In 1977, the school purchased new uniforms that were royal blue with yellow trim. The large overcoats had a white front with block vertical UCLA letters. There were tall white plush busby hats with blue and yellow plumes.[4]

Dr. Thomas Lee and Gordon Henderson[edit]

In 1985, the band got newly designed uniforms, in the current military style. These uniforms were designed with band member input to replace the brightly colored 1977 uniforms. The uniforms consisted of navy blue wool trousers and coat with trim of orange-yellow (California poppy-colored) and white, knee-length, orange-yellow capes on the left shoulder. The shoes were changed to white. White gloves were standard as well. The large bearskin hats were replaced by Shako hats with white 12" feather plumes. An all-powder blue uniform was prototyped, but rejected in favor of the navy blue. The color guard did wear powder blue uniform coats and skirts similar in style to the new uniforms for two years.

In 2007 the band was outfitted with new uniforms at the USC game. The coats are now the official "True Blue" color adopted by UCLA in 2004. Other elements from the 1985 uniforms were retained.[4]

In 1985, Dr. Thomas Lee came from the University of Texas to be the Director of Bands and Director of the Wind Ensemble.

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band was the 1993 recipient of the Sudler Trophy, presented by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in recognition of the Band's tradition of excellence and innovation.[7]

Fifty members of the Band, along with six members of the UCLA Dance Team, performed in the Chinese New Year Day Parade in Hong Kong in January 2006. The Band spent six days exploring the city and performing at several venues. The parade was broadcast live all over the Asian continent. The Band returned to Hong Kong in 2008 to perform at this same event.

Fourteen members of the UCLA Drumline traveled to Nagoya, Japan from May 1 to 7, 2010, to perform at the 27th Annual Ekitopia Festival Parade. They also took a sightseeing trip to Kyoto while they were there.

The band became part of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music [4] in 2007 when the departments of Music, Ethnomusicology and Musicology were combined. Musician and recording executive Herb Alpert gave $30 million to UCLA in November 2007, the single largest individual gift to music higher education in the western United States.

Dr. Lee retired from UCLA in 2012.

Traditions[edit]

For the football pregame show, the UCLA Marching Band traditionally opens with the Bruin Fanfare and Strike Up The Band for UCLA! a gift from George and Ira Gershwin to UCLA. It was adapted from their showtune "Strike Up the Band," and was presented to UCLA at an All-University Sing held in Royce Hall during the Fall of 1936.[8] The Star Spangled Banner is played by the band in concert formation. Then the band moves into the script UCLA formation to the tune of Sons of Westwood. The band marches off the field to The Mighty Bruins, composed in 1984 by Academy Award winning composer Bill Conti to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the UCLA Alumni Association.

Following all athletic contests, the band plays the UCLA Alma Mater Hail to the Hills of Westwood. After victories, this is followed by Rover.

Away game appearances[edit]

The entire UCLA Bruin Marching Band travels to the San Francisco Bay area each fall for either the Stanford or Cal game. This tradition began in 1931, when the band traveled to the Stanford game by ship from Los Angeles. Beginning in 1989, a portion of the band has taken regular season trips to football games at Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Miami, Ohio State, Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Arizona State, Oregon, and Tennessee.

In 2006, the entire UCLA Bruin Marching Band traveled to South Bend, Indiana for a game at the University of Notre Dame.

Bowl game appearances[edit]

The UCLA Marching Band has made appearances at major post season college football bowl games throughout the country:

144 members of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band performed together with the Oregon State University Marching Band at a regular season football game for the Mirage Bowl in Tokyo, Japan in 1980.

1984 Olympics[edit]

125 members of the Band performed in the 736-member All American Marching Band at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles under the direction of Dr. Arthur C. Bartner. UCLA Bruin Marching Band Director Gordon Henderson served as an Assistant Director and Drill Designer and was in charge of the 144 member Trumpet Section. A small group of these students performed at various sports venues during the games, including those for Cycling, Gymnastics, Archery, Modern Pentathlon and Tennis.

Other Events[edit]

UCLA Tuba players in Pauley Pavilion

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band has entertained crowds at NFL professional football games on many occasions.

The UCLA Bruin Marching Band has made recruiting appearances at many High Schools in Northern and Southern California. The Band has also performed as a guest in High School field tournaments including those at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights, Chino High School, Mission Viejo High School, Royal High School in Simi Valley, Irvine High School, and Rowland High School in Rowland Heights.

  • May 3, 2013 – The UCLA Bruin Marching Band opened for the Rolling Stones 50 and Counting tour concert at Staples Center by performing (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.[9][10] The UCLA Bruin Marching Band's performance was reviewed favorably in media around the world.[11] Rolling Stone Magazine said that the concert started "with the UCLA marching band, which began the show by working their way through the crowd while playing a remarkably funky version of "Satisfaction."[12]

Varsity Band[edit]

The UCLA Varsity Band plays in Pauley Pavilion for winter sports. The UCLA Varsity Band appears with as many as 130 members at Women's Volleyball in the Fall, Men's and Women's basketball in the Winter, and Men's Volleyball in the spring. The UCLA Varsity band also appears at many other events to support the highly successful UCLA teams such as: Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Water Polo, Gymnastics, Baseball and Softball.

When the Bruin teams advance in NCAA tournament play, the Varsity Band can be found supporting the team at many venues outside Los Angeles. For Men's and Women's basketball, the UCLA Varsity Band has been with the team through their numerous NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship and NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship regional and final runs. The band has also traveled with the Volleyball teams to the championship sites.

In the Fall of 2012, the Varsity Band unveiled a new uniform for the reopening of newly renovated Pauley Pavilion, replaced the Aloha Shirts the Band had worn since 1996.


Movie appearances[edit]

Because of the campus location near many movie studios, the UCLA band has appeared in many movies where a marching band is needed.

The Band also appeared in the 41st Academy Awards show in 1969 to play the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang theme song, which was nominated for Best Original Song. They were introduced by Ingrid Bergman and Sidney Poitier as the "answer to the musical question: Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang?". Dancer Paula Kelly performed along with the band. It was listed by Newsday as one of the most memorable moments in the 1969 broadcast, the first international broadcast of the show.

Movie premieres[edit]

Because of the number of movies premiered in nearby Westwood and Hollywood, the UCLA Band has been invited periodically to be part of the festivities. In July 2007, the Band played for the premiere of The Simpsons Movie in Westwood Village. The movie was directed by David Silverman, who was a Sousaphone player with the UCLA Bruin Marching Band in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Other media[edit]

Other Television Appearances[edit]

The Band also has made numerous TV appearances on televised college sports, shows and commercials. National and regional broadcasts of UCLA athletic contests have included audio and video of the band in the stands or performing on the field.

  • The Band appeared in an episode of The New Steve Allen Show airing on December 27, 1961, entitled "Campus U.S.A."
  • An Ad-Hoc band was put together to play "Copacabana" on the NBC special Dick Clark and a Cast of 1000's airing 9/6/1978. Famous lines from the Director "Can they march backwards?"
  • The Band appeared in a Bob Hope special in October 1980
  • A member of the Band, Gary Bittner, appeared as part of the introduction to each ABC-TV college football telecast during the 1988 college football season.
  • Members of the band marched onto the Hollywood Squares television show season finale playing 76 Trombones to wish John Davidson good luck in a summer tour of The Music Man.
  • The Band played the theme from Jeopardy! on the 2001 College Championship broadcast of the show.
  • The Band has appeared on ESPN football College GameDay in Miami and Pasadena during football season.
  • The Band has appeared on basketball College GameDay at Pauley Pavilion, as well as Atlanta, Indianapolis and San Antonio during the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
  • The Band appeared on both CBS' The Early Show and NBC's Today Show in 2007.
  • Members of the Marching Band Percussion Section appeared at the beginning of a new Paula Abdul video during the Super Bowl XLII Pregame Show on Fox.
  • The Band performed The Simpsons theme song at the end of the episode Lisa the Greek
  • The Band performed The Amazing Race theme on the premiere of the 24th season, aired on February 23, 2014[13][14][15]

The band has appeared in a commercials for

Discography[edit]

The Band has recorded several music long-playing records and compact discs.

  • UCLA BRUIN BAND - LP-1238 FSR (Fidelity Sound)
  • Marching Along with Mary Poppins - LP (1965) Walt Disney Music, DQ1288 (Marching band arrangements from Mary Poppins)
  • The UCLA Band Presents To The Blue And To The Gold, A Tradition In Song - LP (1977)[17]
  • The UCLA Bruin Marching Band "The Solid Gold Sound" - LP and Cassette (Songs from the 1984 season - recorded in the Ackerman Union grand ballroom)
  • The UCLA Bruin Marching Band "The Solid Gold Sound" - LP and Cassette (Songs from the 1985 season and 1986 Rose Bowl - recorded in Royce Hall)
  • The UCLA Bruin Marching Band "The Solid Gold Sound" - Cassette (Songs from the 1986 and 1987 seasons - recorded in the Ackerman Union grand ballroom)
  • Bruin Spirit - CD and Cassette (1997)
  • Bruin Pride - CD (1999)
  • True Blue - CD (2009)

Dan Fogelberg The Innocent Age[edit]

A recording of the Band is on the double platinum album The Innocent Age released in 1981 by Dan Fogelberg. The Band is credited for the Washington Post March at the end of the LP track "Leader of the Band", which rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Single Chart in 1982. The arrangement of the march was by Lawrence Fogelberg, a marching band director from Peoria, Illinois, and also Dan's father. Dan played the cymbals during the recording session.

Destiny's Child video Bugaboo[edit]

The band also appeared in the Destiny's Child video "Bugaboo". Wyclef Jean appeared in the video as the Band's Drum Major, and also played the marching snare drum. The music video received heavy rotation on MTV and BET.

Directors[edit]

Notable directors of the band include W.G Powell, the first director of the ROTC band, Ben Laietsky 1928-31 (former member of the Sousa Band), Leroy Allen 1934-47, Patton McNaughton 1947-51, Clarence Sawhill 1952-72, assistant director Kelly James 1955-81, and Robert Winslow 1972-74. The current director of the marching band since 1982 is Gordon Henderson who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. The previous assistant director of the marching band was Dr. Jennifer Judkins, a graduate of UCLA. The current assistant director, as of September 1, 2012, is Kelly Flickinger. The director of bands from 1985 to 2010 was Dr. Thomas Lee. Dr. Lee is a graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. Gordon Henderson is currently serving as Director of Bands.

Tunes[edit]

In addition to the school songs mentioned above, the UCLA Band plays a number of other arrangements, including:

When the Band was in Japan for the Mirage Bowl in 1980, they brought back with them a pop song called 'UCLA Feeling' that they played for the next few years.

Famous alumni[edit]

Ron Logan - former Executive Vice President, Executive Producer, for Walt Disney Entertainment.

David Silverman - animator best known for directing numerous episodes of the animated TV series The Simpsons, and "The Simpsons Movie."

Dave Koz - American jazz saxophonist, was a member of the UCLA Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Gary Gray

Gil Robbins - American folk singer, folk musician and actor. Robbins was a former member of the folk band, The Highwaymen. Gil served as Drum Major of the UCLA Band in 1949 and 1950.

Service organizations[edit]

Kappa Kappa Psi (ΚΚΨ) - Ψ Chapter[edit]

The UCLA Band Program is served by the Psi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi. Pursuant with purposes of Kappa Kappa Psi,[18] the Psi chapter works to serve the UCLA Bands and the students involved with the band program.[19]

Tau Beta Sigma (ΤΒΣ) - ΕΚ Chapter[edit]

The UCLA Band Program is also served by the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Tau Beta Sigma. The UCLA chapter of ΤΒΣ was founded on June 2, 1973. In 2007 Epsilon Kappa was awarded the Grace and A. Frank Martin Leadership Award, designating Epsilon Kappa as the most outstanding chapter in the nation for the biennium. In 2009, Epsilon Kappa was again honored as a finalist for the Grace and A. Frank Martin Leadership award, placing it as one of the top 10 chapters in the nation.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Many other marching bands also have a "Golden Girl": notably, the Purdue University marching band and the Iowa Hawkeye marching band.
  2. ^ Hayden, Nancy Oliver - STHS, UCLA graduate directing life toward career in filmmaking Tahoe Daily Tribute, March 26, 2008. Chris Smith: While at UCLA, Smith used his juggling talent to become "The UCLA Juggler," which allowed him to perform internationally in Hong Kong and Beijing as well as at the men's football and basketball games.
  3. ^ This Month (November) 78 years ago UCLA Today Magazine, November 7, 2006
  4. ^ a b c d e Davis, Mark (1 January 2008). "Clothes Make the Band". UCLA Magazine. Retrieved 22 August 2010. "Following years of uncertain color chaos and confusion, years in which Bruinwear of all sorts and stripes exploded in a cyan anarchy of powdered to royal to pilfered blues (not to mention the infamously brief experiment of black basketball uniforms), the campus finally settled on one true Bruin blue in 2004" 
  5. ^ (picture) Sports Illustrated cover November 26, 1956
  6. ^ UCLA 2006 Football media guide (PDF)
  7. ^ "The Sudler Trophy". John Philip Sousa Foundation. 2002. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  8. ^ UCLA History Project - Songs: Strike Up The Band for UCLA
  9. ^ Ucla marching band Rolling Stones , YouTube, May 3, 2013
  10. ^ UCLA Marching Band - Satisfaction, YouTube, May 4, 2013
  11. ^ CNN http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/04/showbiz/rolling-stones-tour-kickoff/index.html?iref=allsearch Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/04/entertainment-us-rollingstones-idUSBRE94304H20130504 The China Post http://www.chinapost.com.tw/art/music/2013/05/05/377766/Rolling-Stones.htm Chicago Tribune http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-05-04/news/sns-rt-music-rollingstones-tv-pixl2n0dl08h-20130504_1_classic-stones-hits-only-price-point-marquee-club MBCNEWS.com http://www.today.com/id/51772197/ns/today-entertainment/t/rolling-stones-rock-packed-house-after-price-cuts-la/#.UZF304ITeRA Otago Daily News (New Zealand) http://www.odt.co.nz/news/tags/rolling-stones The Sun (United Kingdom) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/4915026/rolling-stones-50-and-counting-tour-LA.html
  12. ^ Read more: The Rolling Stones offer plenty of surprises in Los Angeles tour kickoff Rolling Stone Magazine May 2013
  13. ^ gbruin, UCLA Marching Band to kick off The Amazing Race, bruinsnation.com, February 19, 2014
  14. ^ Herb and Nate on the Season 24 Premiere, CBS, February 2014
  15. ^ Rebecca Kendall, UCLA Bruin Marching Band sets musical pace for globe-spanning race, UCLA Today, February 18, 2014
  16. ^ "NCAA Marching Band". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pu40lzNP6D4. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Note: This album includes Bruin band music mixed with radio play-by-play by Fred Hessler of the semi final game of the 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The retirement announcement spoken by John Wooden to the press corps following the game is also included.
  18. ^ "Purposes". Kappa Kappa Psi. Retrieved 2007-08-01. 
  19. ^ Kappa Kappa Psi (ΚΚΨ) - Ψ Chapter
  20. ^ Tau Beta Sigma (ΤΒΣ) - ΕΚ Chapter

External links[edit]

Rolling Stone Magazine review of Rolling Stones Concert on May 3, 2013 *[5]