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02/23/2018 - 9:42pm I'd be glad to

Any time.

02/20/2018 - 6:30pm Thanks!

Thanks for all the kind words. I'm honored that my radio retirement made MGoBlog!

In answer to #13: I began with the Michigan Marching Band in 1970. This fall will be my 49th year with the band and my 14th year calling the games.

02/20/2018 - 6:29pm Thanks!

Thanks for all the kind words. I'm honored that my radio retirement made MGoBlog!

In answer to #13: I began with the Michigan Marching Band in 1970. This fall will be my 49th year with the band and my 14th year calling the games.

09/26/2017 - 2:09pm Tiger fan at the old Comiskey Park

Early 1980s. 4 of us were at Comiskey rooting loudly for the Tigers. Some Sox fans started giving us grief when one of them yelled, "Aw, leave 'em alone. They're probably unemployed." Ouch!

09/20/2017 - 11:34pm Sorry about the duplication!

Sorry about the duplication!

09/20/2017 - 11:32pm The definitive list

As stated, the MMB always travels to MSU, OSU, and ND. Unfortunately the new Big 10 schedule puts all 3 of them at home one year, all of them away the next. (We did not travel to ND in 1980. (Last second miracle FG for ND victory.) Bo called out the Athletic Department at the next week's pep rally. "The next time I go into battle, I want my band with me!" We've gone to every ND game since.

The last time MMB visited: (These are from memory--hope they're correct.)

Minnesota--1969

Wisconsin--1974

Purdue--1981

Northwestern--1996

Penn State--1999

Illinois--2000

Not in the last half-century or never: Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, Maryland.

 

09/20/2017 - 11:32pm The definitive list

As stated, the MMB always travels to MSU, OSU, and ND. Unfortunately the new Big 10 schedule puts all 3 of them at home one year, all of them away the next. (We did not travel to ND in 1980. (Last second miracle FG for ND victory.) Bo called out the Athletic Department at the next week's pep rally. "The next time I go into battle, I want my band with me!" We've gone to every ND game since.

The last time MMB visited: (These are from memory--hope they're correct.)

Minnesota--1969

Wisconsin--1974

Purdue--1981

Northwestern--1996

Penn State--1999

Illinois--2000

Not in the last half-century or never: Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, Maryland.

 

09/20/2017 - 11:31pm The definitive list

As stated, the MMB always travels to MSU, OSU, and ND. Unfortunately the new Big 10 schedule puts all 3 of them at home one year, all of them away the next. (We did not travel to ND in 1980. (Last second miracle FG for ND victory.) Bo called out the Athletic Department at the next week's pep rally. "The next time I go into battle, I want my band with me!" We've gone to every ND game since.

The last time MMB visited: (These are from memory--hope they're correct.)

Minnesota--1969

Wisconsin--1974

Purdue--1981

Northwestern--1996

Penn State--1999

Illinois--2000

Not in the last half-century or never: Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Rutgers, Maryland.

 

07/11/2017 - 4:26pm No

No. Always hated it. Just play "The Victors" the way God intended.

07/03/2017 - 8:24pm A great day!

I remember three things about that day:

1) The total beat-down of Sparty!

2) The crowd also being into the Tigers-Yankees game. That was the day the Tigers eliminated the Yankees and we were able to update the baseball game--with video--on the scoreboards during timeouts. (Lloyd even joked in the postgame show that he heard the Tigers score more often than the football game.)

3) The unusual 4:30 start (because of the baseball playoffs) made it a night game by the 4th quarter. And a giant full moon rose over the east side of the stadium.

(Exactly one week later, the Tigers eliminated the A's on Magglio's walk-off HR...just in time to switch over to watch the Michigan defense's beat-down of Penn State in State College.) 

09/29/2016 - 11:10am You're right! I was working

You're right! I was working on that name just yesterday.

Wasted effort, I guess.

Carl Grapentine

09/11/2016 - 6:26pm Announcing errors?

I can't seem to find the original post(s) by Hokelessromantic, so I will have to respond to this response.

I don't really know the best way to respond to Hokelessromantic without it becoming a senseless "I said/He said" situation. Or, more precisely, an "I DID NOT say!" But I cannot let those falsehoods go unchallenged.

1) I NEVER EVER misidentified Denard Robinson as John Navarre. That is absurd! I wasn't even the announcer during the Navarre Era, so there is no reason his name and # would suddenly pop into my head. Just didn't happen. You must have mis-heard.

2) I NEVER identified Shane Morris as Chad Henne! Equally absurd. If I had made such a 7-year-later  mistake, surely SOMEONE would have mentioned it. Someone in the booth, someone in the press box, someone in the crowd. But in the 2 years since that game occurred, no one has ever said anything--until you did yesterday. I believe you are mistaken.

3) This one is the worst. I do not mispronounce the names of Michigan's own players. Never. In the first game this season, we were unfamiliar with back-up place-kicker James Foug. He had not appeared on any of the advance lists I was given. I guessed at "foog" the first time. And we later found that it was "foge." Other than that...

You claimed that I have consistently mispronounced names of players who have been on the team for years. That is not true. Perhaps you don't know how the names are to be pronounced. I research it. The Athletic Department researches it. The Michigan Radio team researches it. And we share information. Tell me 1 name that I've mispronounced. (And that doesn't even include a roster full of multi-syllabic Hawaiian/Polynesian names last week which I aced.)

4) You made a strange comment about people appreciating my contributions to "music and production." I have no idea what that refers to. I have nothing to do with music or production at Michigan Stadium.

5) You also said that I was an employee of the program. I am not. I am not paid a salary for announcing. I live and work in Chicago.

To this I will admit: in the course of a game and calling literally hundreds of names, we probably miss about 2 per game because of difficulties reading the jersey numbers or bad information regarding duplicate numbers. We are at the very top of a 5-story building sitting atop Michigan Stadium. We use binoculars for everything, but occasionally I will mis-read a numeral. We had 1 mistake yesterday. Jabrill returned virtually every kick all day exept for the one where Channing Stribling was deep. My spotter gave me bad info and I identifed him as Peppers. (He never touched the ball, so no problem.)

We work very hard to get everything right. We do not make "5-6 glaring errors every game." It just ain't so.

I'd be glad to discuss this if you think I'm missing something.

Carl Grapentine

04/28/2016 - 11:48pm Band Day History

Band Day began in the 1950s. Around 1970 they were inviting 13,000 high school band members to fill the field at halftime. Band Day died out in the mid 1970s--as soon as we began selling out the stadium for every game. (The 100,000+ streak began with the penultimate game of the 1975 season.)

01/03/2016 - 10:28pm No

Never liked it. Too gimmicky.

Nothing is better than playing "The Victors"...the way God intended.

12/06/2015 - 3:03am Bando and MGrow:

Thank you for those videos of the 1972 RB game and the film made about it! Hadn't seen those in years.

I did notice that the film segment of the pre-game show is running a little fast. That's why the band seems to be coming out of the south end zone at unworldly speed--and why my voice sounds a little chirpy. On the film--at least on this site--the band is playing "M Fanfare" a half-step higher than it's written. So the film must be running too fast.

But thanks!

09/08/2015 - 9:53pm Thanks!

Now THAT'S the Michigan Band!

 

09/08/2015 - 8:54pm Not the Michigan Band

The recording posted above is NOT by the Michigan Band. There is a recording of the broadcast of "A Toast to Yost--from Coast to Coast" and the Michigan Band was, indeed, present. But they were in a far balcony of Waterman Gymnasium and they sound very distant. The recording posted above (#2) is a studio recording, not by the Michigan Band. It's a different arrangement that the Elbel original and it's a very small ensemble playing. Also, you can hear them "drop the needle" at the very beginning of the recording.

09/03/2015 - 2:28pm Response to tee wrecks

I'm still here!

About to begin 46th season with Michigan Band; 10th season calling the games.

Go Blue!

Carl Grapentine

08/02/2015 - 10:16pm But it would involve at least one overnight

It's a 400-mile trip. Six buses and an equipment truck don't move as fast as a single automobile. And there's only one road into State College, PA. If they don't leave Friday and stay overnight, they're looking at leaving at Ann Arbor at 3am! They have to leave time for traveling, meals, setting up equipment, a quick rehearsal, etc. And that would also mean performing on no sleep. That won't work.

08/02/2015 - 2:52am A bit more info and background

When I began announcing for the band in 1970, the opening announcement was "Presenting the 194 Marching Men of Michigan!"

The last all-male band (1972 Rose Bowl) was "215 Marching Men of Michigan." 

The "225-member Michigan Marching Band" started with the 1972 season; there were six women marching.

It rose to as many as "The 250-member MMB" in 1975. When travel became much more expensive--oil prices rising in the 1970s--the university was a little diffficult about sending the entire band. That's when a standard size for performing and travel was established. The size has grown over the years. But pre-game size has remained unchanged.

For decades now, we have marched 235 for pre-game. As some one on this thread noted: "Think of the Block M. It can't get any bigger." But we may march as many as 100 more for half-time. That's why Dr. Boerma decided to drop the number 235 from the announcement. He felt it gave the impression that the band was significantly smaller that is (usually) is--at least for halftime.

The large number of "reserves" dwindles as the season goes on--especially when some come to the conclusion that they're never going to be good enough to make it into the block. So that "406" will definitely shrink.

Travel.

It's been 15 years since the MMB has traveled anywhere other than Michigan State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame--with the one exception of the Alabama game three years ago.

With the change in the Big 10 schedule putting MSU and OSU both at home or both on the road, the pattern has been changed. Last year, all three rivalry games were on the road and the MMB traveled to all three! This year--without ND--both rivalry games are at home so the band has no trips planned. The Athletic Department would have to deem one of the away games important enough to pay for the band to travel there.

Any other questions?

 

07/14/2015 - 9:15pm "Temptation" history

It was used as part of a halftime show back in the 1950s. The arrangement was/is by Jerry Bilik. Jerry was a music student in the early 50s. He composed "M Fanfare," and arranged "Temptation" and "Hawaiian War Chant." 'Hawaiian War Chant" was another percussion feature from a subsequent halftime show. The MMB began performing them together as encores in the early 1960s.

05/04/2015 - 4:58pm Revelli "Victors"

Ford Auditorium, 1959? Are you sure? The Symphony Band Russian tour was in 1961.

10/14/2014 - 12:34pm Thank you!

I'll be calling the stadium play-by-play and I'm already dreading it. Silver numerals on gray uniforms? Omigod.

09/15/2014 - 10:15pm Start times in the 60s, 70s, and into the 80s

The official kick-off time for Michigan football was 1:30pm--with a move to 1pm for November games.

09/10/2014 - 9:37pm We've been told...

that BTN will, indeed, carry a significant portion of Saturday's pre-game show.

08/04/2014 - 10:50pm Speling is overated

A few years ago, an issue of the MSU Alumni Association magazine had an "its/it's" mistake ON THE COVER!

11/25/2013 - 11:23pm Good grief!

I forgot Desmond in 1991!

11/25/2013 - 9:24pm How to choose?

Saturday will be my 45th consecutive Michigan-Ohio State game. How can I choose just one?

1969-The defense coming through over and over again in the 2nd half.

1971--"Touchdown, Billy Taylor!" followed by Woody's antics.

1976--The DEEP satisfaction of 22-0 after four years of frustration. And in Columbus.

1978--Three in a row! And the Michigan Band leaving Ohio Stadium doing the Gator chop--denoting OSU's holiday destination.

1985--Harbaugh to Kolesar.

1986--Jimmy Harbaugh coming through on his guarantee.

1988--Kolesar covers the length of the field.

1993--Upsetting the undefeated Bucks 28-0!

1995--Tshimanga Biakabutuka carries the team on his back.

1996--Tai Streets streaking to the end zone past a fallen Ron Springs.

1997--Charles catches passes. Charles makes an interception. Charles returns a punt for a TD.

2000--Drew Henson engineering the winning drive.

2003--The 100th Game! Chris Perry carries the load.

Alas, the pickings get slim after that. Time to create some new memories!

11/12/2013 - 10:20pm Ha!
 
Happy to be on the same

Ha!

 

Happy to be on the same thread as The Barwis Effect!

11/11/2013 - 11:15pm You're right. We did, indeed,

You're right. We did, indeed, deal with the problem of increased "echo" during the '08 and, especially, the '09 season. The east-facing speakers bounced off the east side box under construction. But the crowd soaks up most of the echo. And echo isn't as disorienting as delay. That's why it's much harder for me NOW, than it was in 08-09.

I remember during my first 40 years (!) in the press box, I would always tell visiting band announcers: here's the switch...it will stay on when you release it...you won't get any delay...just a little bit of echo depending on how full the stadium is. (The only time we dealt with echo was an early pre-game show or maybe a late post-game show. As I said earlier, the crowd soaks up most of the echo.  But now, I warn them of the delay. Last year the MSU Band announcer actually stumbled a bit because he was thrown off by the delay.

Just a clarification.  Thanks for the kind words.

11/11/2013 - 4:04pm Just experience. You learn to

Just experience. You learn to shut it out mentally--or, perhaps, wear ear plugs. The refs do it every week so they get used to it. Same for me.

11/11/2013 - 3:35pm It's the delay!

I think I can clear this up. The terms "feedback" and "echo" are being misused. There was no feedback and little echo. But there was "delay!"

The M Stadium 2010 renovation was followed by the new video boards and sound system in 2011. Michigan Stadium now has "the mother of all P.A. systems." But all of the speakers are in the north video board--maybe 70 yards from midfield. (In the old press box, the speakers were located on the roof facing east, with some speakers angled north and south. I was told that the height of the new press box makes it impossible to place speakers that high and angle them down.) When I speak into the mic, I hear what I said come back to me a full second or two later...and LOUDLY! It can be very disconcerting and confusing. I suspect that's what happened Saturday. She began to speak--and then heard her voice come booming back at her a couple of seconds later. It's difficult because the delayed amplified voice is SO much louder than the words actually coming out of your mouth at the time. It can paralyze and confuse you.

Carl Grapentine // Michigan Stadium Announcer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

09/23/2013 - 5:25pm One day trip to Columbus

Alas, now that the OSU game has been pushed back to Thanksgiving weekend, the MMB trip to Columbus has also become a one-day all-day experience. With the local high schools not in session due to the holiday--and people traveling out of town--we no longer have an inviitation to play a Friday night concert and then stay in local homes. So, the last two trips down there have been 4am departure from Ann Arbor...one rehearsal in Columbus...usually in the stadium by 11am...play the game...and head back to the buses. Not exactly a fun trip--espcially the last several times.

09/08/2013 - 10:15pm How tiresome the band threads!

Really. Can we all agree on the following?

1) The opposing band in Michigan Stadium usually sounds louder because it's facing you. The MMB is below you and facing the other way.

2) The MMB is smaller than many Big Ten bands. Michigan, despite its image as a gigantic midwestern university, is smaller than many Big Ten schools as far as undergrad enrollment. Marching bands are virtually 100% undergrad.

3) The comparison between 80 music majors...sitting down...playing from printed scores vs. 300 non music majors...playing while marching hundreds of yards...playing hastily memorized music is absurd. It's not even apples and oranges. It's apples and dump trucks.

And one observation. I have great respect for Scott Boerma. He knows marching bands. I also have great respect for John Pasquale. He is excellent. But guess what? The Beyonce arrangements that the MMB played last night...were by Scott Boerma.

That's all.

07/08/2013 - 10:35pm Cazzie and Campy

They are not related. Cazzie came from the south side of Chicago.

11/11/2012 - 11:14pm The consecutive 100,000 streak

Great stuff, k.o.k. And if you're older than dirt, I'm a few years older!

Just one fact-check: the string of 100,000+ began with the next-to-last game of the 1975 season--Purdue.

05/10/2012 - 1:02pm Thanks

Believe it or not, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Milan, Italy reading MGoBlog! And there was my name--big as life--as one of the tenets of Brian's proposed Athletic Directorship.

Thanks for the endorsement. I'm honored to be entrusted with maintaining the tradition. Or...er...the "brand."

Can't wait for the day I can say, "Good afternoon...and welcome to Michigan Stadium or this the 133rd season of Michigan Football!"

 

 

04/19/2012 - 9:43pm Band's away game trips

The ONLY trips the MMB makes are to Michigan State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. 2 trips in the even-numbered years; one in the odd years. The last time we went anywhere else was Illinois in 2000.

04/19/2012 - 9:42pm Band's away game trips

The ONLY trips the MMB makes are to Michigan State, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. 2 trips in the even-numbered years; one in the odd years. The last time we went anywhere else was Illinois in 2000.

04/19/2012 - 9:40pm What Would Bo Do?

In 1980, the band was not sent to the Notre Dame game. We lost it on the last-second miracle field goal. The next week at a pep rally on the steps of Rackham Auditorium, Bo stood before the crowd--his jaw jutted out in that defiant way--and spit out the words, "The next time I go into a war, I want my band with me!!!" Send the MMB to Dallas when Michigan HOSTS Alabama! The Team, the Team, the Team!

04/19/2012 - 9:38pm What Would Bo Do?

In 1980, the band was not sent to the Notre Dame game. We lost it on the last-second Harry Oliver miracle field goal. The next week at a pep rally on the steps of Rackham Auditorium, Bo stood before the crowd--his jaw jutted out in that defiant way--and spit out the words, "The next time I go into a war, I want my band with me!!!" Send the MMB to Dallas when Michigan HOSTS Alabama! The Team, the Team, the Team!

11/27/2011 - 11:57pm Yes, I can type. ;-)

La-dies and gentlemen, presenting the Mmmmichigan Marching Band. Baaaaaaaand, take the field!

Just for the record: this is my 42nd season with the band; 6th season calling the games.

11/27/2011 - 7:25pm Attendance figures and captioning

Hi. Carl Grapentine, PA Announcer, here.

I, too, had heard that in past years the last three digits were chosen at random. But in recent years I've seen a print-out of the complete breakdown for the total attendance. I'd say it's as legit as it reasonably can be.

I don't know how that captioning system works. I've been told that someone is actually listening to what is said and typing it. But it is frustrating to have so many of the proper names misspelled. Not to mention "Oh what state" on the board instead of "Ohio State." Could it be a combination live-typing/speech recognition system?

As for talking over the OSU Band: not by design. I read the various announcements and promos when they're scheduled. We don't know when the opposing band might be playing.

Go Blue!

07/29/2011 - 8:46pm But everyone was healthy...

...by the bowl game. That was not the case for OSU.

07/24/2011 - 11:24pm Oops...NORTH scoreboard.

Oops...NORTH scoreboard.

07/24/2011 - 11:23pm Last year was the first year

Last year was the first year for the PA speakers to be located in the scoreboard. Previously, the speakers had always been atop the press box. But with the renovation of the stadium and the press box, we were told that speakers atop the new (much large) press box would be too high in the air to be effective. Hence, the move to the south scoreboard.

01/16/2011 - 1:29am A photo of the day...

...that the Michigan Marching Band spelled out my name on the field. Purdue game, 1994. And a framed, personally inscribed photo of Lloyd Carr.

11/07/2010 - 12:13pm Thanks for the kind words

Wow. I miss one game--and it's a record-setter!

Thanks for all the nice comments. I've been released from the hospital. Just a freak thing--and bad timing.

I'll  be in the usual spot for the Wisconsin game.

Go Blue!

11/09/2009 - 8:46pm Michigan and Ohio State

At high noon on ABC--the way God intended.

10/26/2009 - 5:00pm Visiting Bands

Last I heard, Purdue was coming also. So if you count the Alumni Band at Homecoming, it's eight home games=eight bands. And yes, that sets the indoor and outdoor record for visiting bands.