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Band Parodies Two-Platoon System

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Colonel Blaik was out platooned Saturday afternoon not by the Crimson football team, but by the Harvard Hand. Employing his full bench of over 150 musicians, Manager Paul A Luesy '51 substituted specialists as well as units without breaking play.

Staging what press box observers called "its most colorful show yet," the Band performed a parody of the unlimited substitution rule as "exploited by certain major football powers." Also included in the football aspects of the Band's performance was a musical scrimmage between the Harvard Wintergreen's and the Army Shavetails.

No Corps

Much of the effect of the football parody was lost by the absence of the Cadet Corps. The Bank returned the snub, however, by punctuating its greetings to the 100-odd West Pointers with a question mark.

At halftime the Band symbolized the power of the Army team with a rumbling tank which boomed out of an A for the Cadets.

The Bank also performed a new Army medley by John Finnegan '47 which was interspersed with snatches of anchors Away and the Marine Corps Hymn for the Military Academy side of the stands.

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