As if you haven’t already heard it enough, it’s been a great year to be a Cardinal football fan. And while I’m sure some of you are still riding the high that accompanies Stanford’s first Rose Bowl victory since we ditched the Indian mascot, it’s important to note that the reason Wisconsin fans slunk home shaking their heads was not due solely to our superior team. The jeers from the opposite ends of the stadium were loudest when the field was stormed by the one, the only, the truly incomparable… As is their nature, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band made quite an impression down in Pasadena.
Despite issuing Madison a fair warning, somewhere between headbanging to Knights of Cydonia during the Rose Parade and performing their pun-filled Homage to Fromage half-time show (which, according to the LA times, left the field smelling like Limburger), LSJUMB left Badger fans and the inhabitants of the internet disgusted and appalled.
Now, I understand the Stanford band might look more than a little crazy compared to the regimental Wisconsin band. But isn’t labeling LSJUMB as a group of unpatriotic hedonists taking it a little far?
By its very nature, the Stanford band is irreverent. As stated on their website, they specialize in “bringing football fans what Elvis brought to the 1950’s”. They’re zealous, witty, eccentric, bold, unashamed, and free-spirited. In short, they’re the epitome of Stanford students… just in a louder, more visible way. As the pomp and circumstance of “On Wisconsin” fits the die hard Midwestern tradition, so does the raucous rendition of “All Right Now” meld perfectly into the Bay Area blend of intellectual revolutions and California chill. If you ask us, the twitterverse needs to calm the fuck down, and appreciate Stanford’s musical tradition for what it is.
We think you rock. Don’t ever change.
P.S. If you heard about the controversy of the “Legalize Weed” shirt worn by one drummer, all it takes is a few clicks on reddit to discover that the percussionist in question was making an ironic statement with a “Legalize Gay Marijuana” shirt. Whether he was actually stoned during the field show remains undetermined.