Band Over-amped?

Submitted by lexus larry on September 12th, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Given the awesome event and atmosphere for the game against ND, was the band over-amped, in anyone else's opinion?  (Looking for Bando or other band alum/member inputs, thoughts and commentary.)

Not necessarily a get-off-my-lawn complaint, just, it seemed like the band would start "The Victors" or "Let's Go Blue" at a pre-set volume, and then 2-4 seconds later, it would come blasting out of the north scoreboard...and not at Spinal Tap's "11" on the amp dial, but significantly louder.




September 12th, 2011 at 9:58 AM ^

There was only one time, It was during the 3rd quarter, that I noticed any issue. Other than that one instance I thought they sounded great.


I was section 31 row B.

James Burrill Angell

September 12th, 2011 at 10:00 AM ^

Think that depends where you sit. Where I was (same side of the field but near the other end zone) you can't hear them at all otherwise because they're pointed to the other side of the stadium. I thought the amping was fine.


September 12th, 2011 at 10:04 AM ^

My seats are in section 4 (south endzone, opposite corner from the band) and I think the speakers sounded great, especially because they helped drown out the ND band in front of me.  


September 12th, 2011 at 10:09 AM ^

I was on the same side as the band on the 20 yard line.  There were absolutely no problems I noticed.  Sound came through load and clear as did everything else on the new speakers.

Kind of wonder how many watts those speakers are pushing out.

NOLA Wolverine

September 12th, 2011 at 10:35 AM ^

You're right, but I can't follow the beat very well (such as trying to guess whether it's Hail to the Victors or not at times when it's not obviously being played, such as a TD). I don't hear the sound that the band wants you to hear, maybe I'm partially deaf, but I really appreciate the music being played over the stadium speakers. 

Bando Calrissian

September 12th, 2011 at 10:16 AM ^

Honestly, I've been having a really hard time picking up exactly when the band is and isn't mic'ed.  I just don't hear a big/obvious difference.  Might be where my seats are.   I don't know anything about the policies involved, how it's decided or who decides when the band is or isn't mic'ed up, or even how the volume is controlled.  So...  I'm not much help on this.

I will just continue to point out that a 350-piece college marching band should not need microphones to be heard in Michigan Stadium.  

Transatlantic Flight

September 12th, 2011 at 10:50 AM ^

In the small stadium rennovation a few years prior to the big one, they built in that section for the band in the corner. The thinking, as I understand it, was wanting to keep the band as part of the student section. Obviously this is flawed and for sound quality the logical place is definitely the endzone, but moving them at this point would require another mini-rennovation and displacing the people that currently sit there. If it ever happens it won't be for a number of years.

Shop Smart Sho…

September 12th, 2011 at 10:40 AM ^

They might not "need" a microphone, but I sure wish they would put one on them during halftime.  My family and I have sat in the same seats in the South Endzone for well over 30 years.  We really miss being able to hear the halftime show.  Of course, we also missed having the small brass section breakouts travelling around the stadium as well.  I think what I'm saying is that the new DoB needs to get off my lawn.

Indiana Blue

September 12th, 2011 at 10:25 AM ^

sounded great to me.  The entire stadium was buzzing even during warm-ups.  You could tell that someone had already decided to "crank it up" just hearing the lineups.

Go Blue!


September 12th, 2011 at 10:41 AM ^

From my seats in the endzone in the student section, I can hear both the band itself and the speakers. I don't mind; there's a couple seconds' delay, but it's still loud and clear. My parents' seats are in section 18, on the opposite side of the stadium, and this is the first time they've been able to hear the band clearly, and they've been going to games for 20 years.

Hard Gay

September 12th, 2011 at 10:48 AM ^

My issue is that all I can hear from the band are the bass drums, and the only thing I can hear from the speakers are the trumpets. So you have to decide which to clap/cheer along with, usually the mic'd music wins out.
<br>But yeah, forget about halftime or pregame, I haven't been able to hear either for the past 4 years.


September 12th, 2011 at 11:28 AM ^

The amplification was obvious from where I'm at, directly across from the band.  At times, they were blasting it so loud that I could no longer hear the band (playing directly at me) at all and all I could hear were the speakers in the scoreboard to my right.  Dunno if that is a good thing or a bad thing--I guess if people can't hear the band it is a good thing, but it seems like there should be some other solution. 


September 12th, 2011 at 11:42 AM ^

Watching the game on TV, I could barely hear the band or ND's band.  And while it was easy to see how crazy the crowd was, the noise was drowned out on TV as well.  That was disappointing.  It must have been an ESPN connection thing.