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 them play after touchdowns? The Skins are one of only two NFL teams (the other is the Baltimore Ravens) to have a marching band. Back in the glory days, they were a big part of the beloved RFK Stadium experience.
Good news came into today’s Post (
‘Hail to the Redskins’: How the team’s marching band got its fight song back) – the band will play after touchdowns again. Good to see this tradition restored. Thanks and congratulations to Hogs Haven for helping get this done.
Now watch the Skins score nothing but field goals (or get shut out) against the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday evening. Actually, I have no idea how the game is going to play out. Im conditioned as a DC fan to expect a crushing loss come playoff time. I have been expecting them to lose for weeks.
As for the recording, you all know the one I mean — this one, when was it recorded? Who performed it? We’ve been hearing it as long as I can remember, but we don’t know who did it. I’ll ask Dan Steinberg if he knows.
One more thing — I kind of want the Redskins to come out in the white-burgundy combo at home tomorrow. While the burgundy-gold set has grown on me, wearing the Gibbs Era uniforms would be a nice touch.
UPDATE: D.C. Washington is singing the Star Spangled Banner State of NoVa, The Post. Between D.C. and Bob McDonald (mostly Caps games) we’re spoiled here with anthem singers.