Last week I was quite surprised to learn from Hogs Haven that the Washington Redskins Marching Band was no longer playing “Hail to the Redskins” after touchdowns. A recording was played instead. I read that and was thinking whiskey tango foxtrot?! What’s the point of having a marching band if you aren’t going to have [...]
Penn State Marketing “Guru” Guido D’Elia Let Go – Black Shoe Diaries
We found out today that Guido D’Elia, who was in charge of Football Communications and Branding for Penn State football, is GONE! @FightonState tweeted this great news.
Hopefully, this means the end of “theme games” like tie-dye day and piped in music like “Sweet [...]
How The Song “Seven Nation Army” Conquered The Sports World – Deadspin
“Seven Nation Army” made a beachhead in American sports in State College, Penn. According to a 2006 story in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Penn State spokesperson Guido D’Elia—who is still the director of communications and branding for the embattled football program—was inspired by hearing a [...]
Blue Band Scraps Glitter’s “Rock and Roll” – Onward State
The Penn State Blue Band sort of dropped Rock n’ Roll Part II from its pregame. I wanted them to do this years ago because Gary Glitter was convicted in 2005 of the things Jerry Sandusky is accused of right now. The article linked above says [...]
Since 2005, P.J. Maierhofer served as Blue Sapphire, Penn State’s feature twirler. The 2007 Q&A with P.J. has been one of the most popular features on this blog. Last month she answered another round of question.
WFY: Let’s start with a question about the Capital One Bowl — how much did you have to perform on [...]
I’ve got a programming idea for the Big Ten Network — Big Ten Bands, a weekly showcase of Big Ten marching bands. Each week the program would show at least one march from all of the bands performing at home games that week. The show should also feature profiles of band members, traditions and more. [...]
I have a soft spot for the Baltimore Colts.
While my antipathy towards Baltimore’s baseball team is well documented, I have said on a few occasions that the Colts moving out of Baltimore is probably the worst franchise relocation in professional sports history. The fans were great, the team had great, memorable players and a marching [...]
5 Questions with Penn State Professor and Director of the Blue Band Dr. O. Richard Bundy – Town & GownIt is always good to hear from the Blue Band Director — they must be getting ready for the new season by now.
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‘Sapphire’ takes twirling title – The CollegianPJ Maierhofer: Blue Sapphire, Crown Jewel – The Penn Stater BlogP.J. Maierhofer, Penn State’s feature twirler since 2005 won the College Miss Majorette of America. She says it is the “biggest honor of baton twirling — like winning the Masters for golf.”
That’s great and congratulations to her. Since they [...]
I did not get to see them march in the Rose Parade live, but from what I have seen on Facebook, they apparently handled the sharp turn well. Does anybody know if video of that is online?
Penn State, Nittany Lions, Rose Bowl, Blue Band, 120th Tournament of Roses Parade
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