I recognize the sensitivity of this topic, and simply would like those in the know to answer a couple of questions in light of my experience at the Joe last night.
Of course, last year, there were many debates on here regarding how loud the Michigan Marching Band is in the Big House. Many people, and it was contested of course, claimed it was too many flutes, piccolos, and putting an emphasis on musical quality rather than noise.
Fast forward to the game last night. I was sitting almost directly in line of where the Northern Band was facing. However, when both the Michigan Pep Band and the Northern Band played simultaneously, the Michigan Band drowned them out completely. I understand enough about sound to recognize the closed roof played a factor, but that doesn't answer to me why the Hockey Pep Band was louder relative to Northern's.
1) Does the Hockey Pep Band have the same musical makeup as the MMB (same proportion of flutes, piccolos?)
2) Who is the Hockey Pep Band's director?
3) Can this difference be explained purely by the size of the bands. It looked like Michigan's band had about 6-8 more members.
Perhaps Northern just plays their music softly. I just feel like some people out there with a better knowledge than I can provide analysis and how it relates to the MMB debate.