Michigan Marching Band Petition

Submitted by Baxter on April 21st, 2012 at 11:36 AM


While it probably won't change anything, the least we can do is try to fight Brandon's insanity.  Someone created a petition on change.org to get the band to travel to Dallas. Sign the petition below, join the resistance!





April 21st, 2012 at 1:25 PM ^

With all of the change DB has brought (and threatened to bring) to the culture of the athletic department, is this issue really the one on which you want to take a stand?  I too would like to see the band at this game, and every other game for that matter, but it seems there are bigger issues on DB's agenda that might warrant a petition ahead of this.

I'm all for speaking up, fighting for what you believe is right, etc., and I'm sure I'll get negged, but you may want to stow your torches and pitchforks for a more impactful issue.  You only get so many chances to have your voice heard before it becomes white noise.  If DB thinks that fans are throwing fits about everything, he'll be less inclined to listen when said fits are thrown.

Just sayin.


April 21st, 2012 at 2:09 PM ^

This is exactly the right moment to voice your displeasure.   If Brandon doesn't get challenged for a decision so inane, don't expect him to think twice when faced with making a potential unpopular decision in the future.


April 21st, 2012 at 11:53 AM ^

I signed it although I'm not a fan of the wording.  The guy tries to frame it as if it's some sort of social justice issue and that's really overdoing it IMO.

All that really needed to be said is that the MMB is an important part of Michigan football.  Michigan football is going to be on a national stage for this game, so they should be included.  It's just that simple.  

if 400,000 people sign, Brandon will make it happn.  It's all about the market to this guy, numbers talk, not appeals to justice like the writer of the petition attempted.   

snarling wolverine

April 22nd, 2012 at 11:58 AM ^

He doesn't need to capitalize the word "the" all the time, either.  We're the University of Michigan, not The University of Michigan.  I don't think "athletic department" is a proper noun requiring capitalization, either.  

I still signed it, but it'd look a little more professional if someone had proofread the text first.

OMG Shirtless

April 21st, 2012 at 11:57 AM ^

That dude is the whack job who had facebook chats with Ray Vinopal when he was leaving and freaked out when someone had the nerve to ask "Who is Billi Gordon?" as if we're all supposed to know.  He freaked out even more because the person didn't know if Billi Gordon was a man or a woman, despite the fact that Billi can be used for a man or a woman.


April 21st, 2012 at 12:12 PM ^

maybe we should all donate money so the the band can get down there... oh wait, that's exactly what Brandon wants us to do. If he's all about the brand then it's a small price to pay to promote the brand on the national stage.


April 21st, 2012 at 12:16 PM ^

But 400,000 people as a goal?  That's just nuts.

It would look a hell of a lot better to set the goal to something more reasonable and blow it out of the water... say 10,000 and get 25,000 signatures.  

25,000 out of 400,000 looks like we suck at petitioning.




April 21st, 2012 at 12:19 PM ^

And Done. This has probably already been discussed, but is Alabama's band going to be there? It would be a shame if their band was at the game and ours wasn't.


April 21st, 2012 at 12:24 PM ^

A question I would ask is if all of the players are traveling first? Is this going to be the normal travel team size or everyone? Also, if they are only taking 65-70 players if that is the case, then why would they take 300-400 members of the band. Also, why couldn't they ride buses down to Dallas? Not to downplay the addition they bring to environment but it is not a lot to ask in my opinion to have them ride vs demand to fly.

Not sure how they are being called equal to importance as the players when talking about spending four to five times the amount being spent on the actual team travel costs. Maybe cut down the numbers going or look at alternate travel would help the cause.


April 21st, 2012 at 12:49 PM ^

The ignorance espressed in this whole MMB protest is astounding to me. We have no idea the extent of the AD budget and the athletic and building/renovation costs that need to be paid. The Dept. hasn't been able to afford to send the band on road trips like these during the regular season, so what makes anyone believe that an exception needs to be made here? If we were playing Alabama in Alabama, the same rule would apply. Just because the game is being played on a neutral site shouldn't make any difference. If you really want to see the MMB perform than pony up the dough yo.

MMB 82

April 21st, 2012 at 12:48 PM ^

The MMB didn't go (only time since the rivalry was renewed 1978), probably because the game wasn't televised. That was the last-second Harry Oliver FG loss, and Bo returned to Ann Arbor and publically stated at the next pep rally that (paraphrasing here) "he wasn't going to ever play a big game without the band again!"

Absolutely, the Alabama game is one of these games. Don't discount the difference the MMB can make in a hostile environment. Signed.

Naked Bootlegger

April 21st, 2012 at 2:12 PM ^

I paid mid-$50's for at-cost decent seating in Madison during the ill-fated Henne injury senior year (Mallett to Manningham for 90 yards was fun...the rest of the game wasn't).    Inflate the ticket prices accordingly.   I would assume those seats are now near $70 for premium games .... if Michigan ever plays in Madison again.


April 21st, 2012 at 3:33 PM ^

and you can get a season ticket for $175. I would guess that season tix for IU, Minny, Illinois, and NW are similar. Probably Iowa, Wisky, and PSU are a bit more pricey, but even so I bet they're nowhere close to the $125 that people are shelling out for Dallas. Which makes the athletic department's current claim that the Dallas game is like any other road game a little disingenuous. That's certainly not how the game was marketed when DB started selling tickets to it.


April 21st, 2012 at 1:07 PM ^

He has to be convinced that using Athletic Dept funds to send the band down is worth the expense, and signatures on petitions isn't going to do it. Brandon doesn't care what we think or want—if he did, he wouldn't force us to buy bottled water at Michigan Stadium.

The band will only go down there if important UM donors and bigwigs—those who get suites and make new buildings possible—convince DB that it's worth it to spend department funds, or if funds are raised independently for the trip. If the bigwigs aren't in Brandon's ear about this, then the chances of funding it through the dept. are nil. And even if the bigwigs do want the money spent, that's no guarantee that Brandon will agree to it. He's not exactly a shrinking violet.


April 21st, 2012 at 1:52 PM ^

At least people are making it known that they completely disagree with this plan.  While the petition wording is cheesy and ultimately it may not work, it's certainly better than doing nothing.

I feel better knowing that Dave Brandon and Mary Sue Coleman are getting hundreds of emails saying that people want the band there, including mine.


April 21st, 2012 at 1:18 PM ^

Signed. It's better than doing nothing. 

The worst part to me is how they've reframed the game. When they signed the contract, it was a "preseason bowl trip": http://www.annarbor.com/sports/um-football/michigan-ad-dave-brandon-says-facing-alabama-on-a-texas-sized-stage-is-a-terrific-opportunity/ with the band's seats in the contract and on the official seating chart on Mgoblue: http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mich/genrel/auto_pdf/2011-12/misc_non_event/cowboys-classic-map.pdf

And then as soon as they're done selling the $125+ tickets, it's just "a regular road game" and they have to cut costs everywhere. Really?