Band Not to Hibernate, Will Play For Varsity's Cage, Hockey Games
For the first time in its history, the University Band will remain on the Cambridge scene through the winter months, Walter J. Skinner '48, manager, disclosed last night at the first rehearsal of "the best in the East" since the Yale game.
Recording its "Ivy League Album" some time prior to Christmas vacation, remains foremost on the agenda, Skinner said, adding that the group would be on hand at the Garden and the Boston Arena in an official capacity for the first time to play to basketball and hockey engagements.
The special medleys arranged for Brown, Dartmouth, and Princeton, and Yale will find their way into the forthcoming album along with a host of college songs, local and otherwise. Harvardiana, Fair Harvard, and the Elis' Boola Boola will cover some of the sides to be made up by Trans-Radio Productions of Boston. In all, upwards of a dozen college songs will be included.
No trips with the squads have been arranged thus far, Skinner announced. The band will perform at all the Garden encounters, however, beginning with the Holy Cross game Tuesday night.
Student conductors will see the musicians through their winter sports schedule with the puckster contests with Dartmouth and Yale definitely set for band appearances.
While in the past, members of the organization have played informally at basketball games, this year will be the first to see bandsmen definitely keep the group out of hibernation and officially a part of the sporting seene at the University. Should circumstances, chiefly the financial headaches that plagued them throughout the grid season, permit, Skinner will take his men on the road to follow the basketball team along part of its circuit.
Attempting to develop his organization into a "concert band." Malcolm H. Holmes '28, dean of the New England Conservatory of Music and a band associate since his undergraduate days, plans to add well known classical scores to its repertoire. The "Orpheus Overture," Rossint's "William Tell Overture," and possibly Bach's difficult "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor" will see production.