Yale Precision Marching Band

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Yale Precision Marching Band
YPMB, The Band
Yale Precision Marching Band at Yale Bowl in 2019
SchoolYale University
LocationNew Haven, CT
ConferenceIvy League
Founded1917 [1]
DirectorThomas C. Duffy
Fight song"Bulldog, Down the Field"
WebsiteYale Precision Marching Band

The Yale Precision Marching Band (affectionately known as the YPMB, or more simply The Band, for short) is the official marching band of Yale University. It is a scatter band (what some peers might call a "scramble band"), as distinct from university marching bands that emphasize precise movements and geometric field formations. Band members refer to themselves as "The Members Of...", which is derived from their introduction at Yale events.

About The Band[edit]

Wearing chef hats

Aside from Director Thomas C. Duffy and Business Manager Stephanie Theodos Hubbard, the band is largely student-run.

  • The Drum Major conducts the band during rehearsals and at games. The current Drum Major is Shell Ross, GH '26.
  • The Manager works closely with the Drum Major to organize performances and events on-and-off campus and ensure the well-being of the group. The current Manager is Keith Buckholz, BK '26.
  • The Student Arrangers (STUDs) head the Musicological Junta, the student team that arranges music for the shows. The current STUDs are Silvia Wang, GH '27 and Sydney Wong, ES '26.
  • The Social Chair plans social gatherings and bonding events for the band outside of performances. They work to create a comfortable environment for everyone in the band. The current social chairs are Cameron Gray-Lee, DC '27, and June Lee, GH '26.
  • The Media Specialist documents the band's adventures through photos and videos. They post photos of the band on Facebook and they have control over the band's Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. The current Media Specialist is Kate Hall, ES '26.
  • The band consists of five sections, the leaders of which assist the Drum Major and Manager in the running of the band. They also lead sectionals and provide section morale. The current section leaders are Rose Kosciuszek (Woodwinds), BK '27; AJ LaConte (Saxes), MC '27; Owen Prem (Brass), MY '26; and Tally Vaneman (KBB), GH '27.
  • The Announcer announces and performs the halftime shows during football games, and works closely with Mark Ryba,[2] the play-by-play announcer for Yale football. The current announcer is Lucas Ranfranz, PC '27.
Überprop "Dmitri" at The Game 2010 (in attack position)
Überprop "Peggy" at The Game 2006 (wings folded)

Notable stunts[edit]

In October 1985, six YPMB members were suspended after dropping their pants at halftime during the Yale-Holy Cross game.[3] Only one week earlier, the band was forbidden by West Point officials from performing its halftime show during the Army-Yale game for the script's insinuation that certain government officials were communists. The following season, in the Yale-Army game at New Haven, the YPMB took the unusual step of marching in straight lines for several minutes before breaking into its usual scatter formations. (NYT 10/7/86, B4) Before the band left the field, members removed their blue blazers on the field, spelling out "USA."


  • Bulldog, Eli Yale words and music by Cole Porter class of 1913
  • Bright College Years (the unofficial alma mater of Yale University) words by Henry Durand in 1881 to the music of Die Wacht am Rhein
  • Down the Field (march two step) words by Stanleigh P. Friedman; arranged by G.L. Atwater, Jr.; published in 1905 by the Chas H. Loomis Company (New Haven, CT)[4]
  • Yale Boola, Boola (march) words and music by A. M. Hirsh; arranged by G. L. Jr. Atwater; Original Copyright 1906 by Leo Feist[5]
  • Yale College Life words by T. Herbert Reed; arranged by J.C. Heed; Original Copyright: 1903 By: Reed, Dawson & Co.[6]
  • Sons of Yale: Here's to Good Old Yale Alternative title March Blue arranged by JL Lake; Original Copyright: 1917 by Carl Fischer[7]

The Band's repertoire includes hundreds of songs arranged by the YPMB Junta, the Band's own syndicate of arranger-transcribers. These dedicated and talented folks manage to add more than 30 pieces to the Band music library every year. The YPMB runs the gamut of genres, from Hip Hop to Techno, Pop to R&B, and, of course, plenty of straight Rock.[8]


  1. ^ The Yale Alumni Weekly. 11 May 1917. p. 9. Archived from the original on 2 March 2022. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  2. ^ Schneider, Jordan (9 February 2011). "Accountant by day, announcer by night". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on 2021-03-01. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  3. ^ Freitag, Michael (20 October 1985). "6 AT YALE ARE PENALIZED FOR PRANK IN MARCHING BAND". New York Times. Archived from the original on 2 March 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2019.
  4. ^ http://www.bandmusicpdf.org/media/bmpdffiles/DownField.pdf [dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.bandmusicpdf.org/media/bmpdffiles/YaleBoola.pdf Yale Boola, Boola
  6. ^ http://www.bandmusicpdf.org/media/bmpdffiles/YaleCollegeLife.pdf Yale College Life
  7. ^ http://www.bandmusicpdf.org/media/bmpdffiles/SonsYale.pdf Sons of Yale
  8. ^ "Junta! Junta! Junta!". Archived from the original on 2000-03-04.

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