I figured this tweet was okay to put here since this person tweeted @mgoblog
@mgoblog New low for AD? Replacing AlumniPepBand with a DJ for the Arizona game due to oversold student tkts, which are still on sale
Dave Brandon strikes again
Does the tweet mean to say that there won't be room for the band b/c there will be too many students?
I believe that is what the AD is trying to say with this move, yes.
Only 2500 students claimed tickets for 3,100 open seats, and 4,000ish have season tickets.
So that means students without season tickets are buying single game tickets, so how are they overselling THOSE? They don't have anything to guarantee to those students!
If the arizona game is over a break, the tickets wouldn't be part of the season ticket package and would have to be sold individually, not sure if that is the case with this though.
And this year break games are included in the student package anyway
Who is Jennie Dalton and why should I believe her/his word?
It doesn't look like she's a member or the AD or press, just a fan/alum.
jennie dalton and her husband pete basically run the alumni pep band.
Is this the same Jennie Dalton who was a Tri Delt, probably in her mid 30s?
of the Michigan MArching Band and presently plays in the Alumni Band.
the student section like this
and the halftime show, this?
I've never been sure what makes one a DJ. Am I a DJ when I push play on, say, a Youtube clip of a song?
In the strictest sense of the term, yes, yes you are.
Are we going to get a two-hour halftime show with Paul Oakenfold and Basement Jaxx?
Maybe if we traveled back in time.
My stomach is churning and I cannot see any longer.
Well, at least they're honoring the student's tickets, despite overselling them.
I had a DJ instead of a band when I got married. Saved a bunch of money and sounded just fine.
Nevertheless, I hope they go for the full centerpieces at the game, though, rather than going for something cheap looking with sad little flowers. I also hear DB is thinking about vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, which would be a real mistake...
We used an iPod and saved even more. We also avoided the YMCA and chicken dances. I would argue that we get Brian's iPod and just use that. Morrissey makes me weep, though.
with video on the scoreboard for two straight hours.
This story is true - I have a friend in the Alumni Pep Band and she said they were notified yesterday. The next thing you know, we'll have macaroni outside Michigan Stadium.
Has anyone noticed that the MMB for football goes absolutley NO WHERE on the road unless it's MSU, OSU, or a Bowl? Why is that? Is it really all about the money? I always liked the way The Victors sounded in an otherwise shushed stadium.
They also go to ND
If I remember correctly they only do two trips a year and thats been the case since before dave brandon, but im not positive on that.
This has pretty much been the case since the early 2000s, for a variety of reasons. Money is the primary concern. Also, unlike most other Big 10 schools, Michigan gets locked in to two major rivalry games and a major non-conference game every year, so while other schools rotate their 1-2 away trips per year, we're pretty much locked in on those three. You can't skip MSU, OSU, or Notre Dame, and the rest of the schools aren't usually big enough games to merit the expense for an overnight trip.
That being said, there have been efforts to get the MMB to other places, most recently the PSU game in '06. Schembechler Hall asked the MMB to come along, came up with the money, and the transportation plan and hotel reservations were made. Then PSU came back and said they couldn't find seats in the stadium, and their policy was not to put bands on the field level, so the whole thing was cancelled.
is going to every road game but one or two this year.
Screw you Brandon.
I suppose that the alternative, if we asked the athletic department, was just to have all the Christmas tunes on WNIC play over the PA if the DJ was not possible. After all, the game is December 14th, and it would be interesting to see what happens if "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" is a good song for back-to-back dunks if it happens.
This apparently went out in an email to the Alumni Band last night. They were told not to openly protest the decision, and it looks like that request came from the MMB. Don't rock the boat, just take it, the decision has been made, etc.
For those questioning Jennie Dalton, she and her husband Pete are integral parts of the Alumni Band and UMBAA (Univ. of Michigan Band Alumni Association). They both play in the pep band, and are about the biggest Michigan fans and MMB supporters you'll find.
I've got it on good authority that WMU will be loaning out DJ ILL MIXX for this one.
At any rate, you can pretty much bet money Athletics will be putting out a Dave Ablauf press release/Angelique quote within the next 24 hours saying it's all a misunderstanding, the Pep Band just misunderstood, Athletics is making overtures/shifting around tickets to make it right, and there WILL be a live band at the game.
That's how this Athletic Department rolls. Push the envelope, evaluate negative reaction, wait 18 hours or so, come back with the "that's not what we really meant, here's the solution you all wanted, you're welcome, Go Blue" thing.
Don't mind this move, should help with the younger crowd and with recruits. I just hope the DJ knows the type of music to play. Should make the student section really hype. Let's be honest, the band isn't really getting people rowdy like a DJ will. I think it's a good change for ONE GAME. If half of you blue beards had your way, Michigan would still be playing without the 3-pt line.
Two words: The Victors.
It's not like it isn't going to be played, I'm sure the DJ will have that in his set or they can play it over the PA. I can't tell the difference if it's a recording or live, nor will anyone watching on TV.
In the Big House
Seven Nation Army
and of course.....
I like all of those, except Blurred Lines, which was a little over played. Sorry for liking change!
... that replacing the alumni band with a DJ is not a crisis. What is horrible is the effort to disguise this as a result of being oversold, if in fact there are tickets still available. I'm still not clear if that part is true.
It's frustrating that the AD doesn't have any balls in their approach to communicating these changes. The moves look cynical and their reasoning disingenous as is.
This is pretty much a baseless accusation, coming from a nobody who registered five minutes ago to make it.
Your "friends" are feeding you bad information. The Daltons don't run Alumni Band. Pete takes on a lot of the logistical tasks, but the director runs the ensemble. Pete has no control over who plays and who doesn't, nor does he have anything to do with the band's musical direction.
If you're going to personally blast people you don't know in very specific ways, based on erroneous information your "friends" told you, you shouldn't expect to be taken seriously.