I was at the basketball game yesterday and noticed that our pep band never played the extended full version* of "The Victors." In the extended full version, the first stanza is repeated, and then the second stanza is repeated, before it goes on to the chorus (followed by the awesome bridge before another version of the chorus). The band did play the abridged full version** (with the first and second stanzas played once apiece) but IMO, that's not quite as good - it doesn't quite have the same build-up to the chorus. I've noticed that at football games we don't play the extended full version much, either. We used to fit it in at least once a game (for both sports), but it seems like now it's not played at all. Anyone know why?
I recognize that there are time constraints that make it harder to fit it in than the other versions, but there are some longer pauses when it's possible. In the pregame there is time. At halftime, too. I'd like to see us try to work it back in - it's amazing to hear.
*I don't know the exact name for this version, so I'll just call it this.