Hail to the Buff and Blue

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"Hail to the Buff and Blue" is the official fight song of the George Washington University Colonials athletic teams. The song is played daily at 12:15 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. by the bells located atop Corcoran Hall on the University Yard.[1]


The song was composed in 1924 by then-student Eugene F. Sweeney for a contest to choose a new fight song. The University had recently changed its colors from orange and blue to buff and blue, and the original fight song, Orange and Blue, had become obsolete.[1] Patrick M. Jones re-wrote the fight song in 1989,[1] creating the current version taught to incoming freshmen at Colonial Inauguration and played at athletic events.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "A closer look: "Hail to the Buff and Blue"". The GW Hatchet. 2003-10-03. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ "University Traditions & Spirit". George Washington University Student and Academic Support Services. Retrieved 2009-11-30.