Many times already this season we have heard references of the lack of noise coming from the MMB.
Of all years when the increased crowd noise from the enclosed new buildings is heralded as the glorious new savior of our elder fan woes, how can we now be talking about how softly the band is playing? Would not the sound emanating from the band also be reverberating back down to the field?
I may have an answer.
Has anyone noticed that this year's introduction of the band from Carl Grapentine is, "Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the Michigan Marching Band. Band take the field." Did you notice anything missing? Correct! Give the guy wearing the block M in the front a cookie.
Answer: The number of members in the band.
Perhaps no longer announcing the total members of the band is because they have fewer members in the band this year. Fewer members would equal quieter band!