There have been some nail-biters this basketball season! As you may know, we beat Harvard in the NCAA playoff game with an AMAZING buzzer-beater by Douglas Davis, final score: 63-62.
We won by one glorious point. And Harvard STILL hasn't been to the NCAA since 1946. Mwahahahaha.
If you haven’t seen the buzzer-beater, check out the following video.
http://vimeo.com/20973769?SPSID=46553&SPID=4231&DB_OEM_ID=10600 (this is my favorite of all videos I’ve seen. Harvard’s #10 looks pretty silly when he is trying to heckle Dan Mavraides teeheehee).
I have watched this video so many times. They are so exciting. But it was so much more exciting in person you wouldn’t believe it. I will relive for you how it happened:
1.) There were 2.8 seconds left on the clock, we were down by one. I don’t think that I had given up hope, although I chose to watch the final seconds when usually I choose to look away during the stressful parts, so who knows.
2.) Douglas Davis went all over the place with the ball. But eventually it left his hands.
3.) I remember seeing the ball arc through the air as the backboard lit up red.
4.) The shot was good.
5.) Everyone went crazy.
6.) I was afraid the Harvard fans were going to beat us up but they didn’t.
7.) NCAA BABY!
And, let’s go to Tampa!
Private jet. You know, the usual
And of course we went to the game! Kentucky University versus Princeton University. We played tough. We slowed them down. The Band rushed at least 4 Kentucky shots by mis-counting-down the shot clock. UK didn’t know what hit them. Plus their band was way less cool than ours. Like, infinitely less cool. We may have lost 59:57, but Kentucky is now in the Final Four. So not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
Later that week, the women’s team played in the NCAA tournament in College Park. They put up a good fight, but lost to Georgetown 65:49. The Band had a great time wandering around DC.
And now, drumroll, Reunions are coming up!! Alumni should fill out their attendance surveys if they will be “go[ing] back to Princeton at commencement time, sampling each Reunion, that’s the life for mine oh baby” etc.
I hope to see you all very soon!
-Elizabeth Shoenfelt ’13 AC
On Friday, we beat Brown 78-60. On Saturday, we beat Yale 67-63 in a white-knuckled nail-biter. It was great.
But look at what we had to endure to get there. So much snow!
That has got to be at least a foot and a half of snow. Crazy.
“If you lick the whiteboard I will nominate you for Grossest Member!”
Band Council will look FAVORABLY upon your licking this whiteboard.
[2019 update: pictures were corrupted (in several earlier blog posts), captions still included for the humor value.]
We have had an exciting year so far, Band! Congrats freshmen on completing your first semester, you made it. How did Dean’s Date treat you?
We are so studious, Band! Look at us and our papers. And by studious I mean good at playing the toilet seat. And by papers I mean music.
It is 4:55 let me run from Forbes to hand this in at McCosh! Totally do-able.
Low Brass 101: Getting Those Papers In On Time And Looking Super-Cool in the Process. The Holder Howl, only instead we are in Blair Arch. And instead of yelling we are playing drums. And we are wearing cooler outfits.
Arch gig on Dean's Date Eve. Perfection. And in other news, the official Drum Major hat is a big hit with the young children in the crowd.
2010 has been great! Here is a 2010 year-in-review:
Women’s Basketball Pink Zone game for Breast Cancer Awareness! Lots and lots of pink.
Snow day! The band plays in the snow.
Basketball against Yale at Jadwin Gym. Victory of 82-58.
Tallahassee. Woohoo! Here we played for the Women’s Basketball team in the NCAA tournament.
The Band took an awesome trip to the new Meadowlands Stadium for the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. We played Syracuse… we lost… but it was awesome nonetheless! And the Band went undefeated.
One word. Reunions. I hope to see each and every one of you there this year. It’s going to be great!
Graduation gives us some new cool alumni! We love our 2010 seniors!
NEW FRESHMEN. They are awesome!
And now we have a steel drum player; she is great! We love having new additions to our ever-awesome Garbussion section!
We were superstars once again at the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Let’s just remember: Orange and black are Princeton colors. Halloween just borrows them for the day…
Check out these photos! The Band was popular among the paparazzi at this event.
We went to Yale!
Caroling! Santa was in attendance.
Happy New Year from Santa, and from all of us here at the Princeton University Band.
I’m Elizabeth Shoenfelt ’13, new Alumni Coordinator, here to update you! Football season has come and gone. Here is the play-by-play:
Final Football Stats: 0-7 Ivy League; 1-9 all games. Band: Undefeated.
We played [Crest Aquafresh Sensodyne Aim Oral-B] Colgate at home.
The Homecoming game was against Harvard this year. We performed a flasher routine as always: “Brothel Mechanics” turned into “Bleach the Crimson” turned into “Fight on Old Nassau.” And the crowd went wild! We didn’t earn our bonfire though…
Our big road trip this season was to Yale. Quite fun. And of course we played in the bookstore!
And now… basketball and hockey season! We are well underway. Stay tuned!
So even in the Spring Semester the PUB has been busier than ever! We’ve been going to our usual gigs, but the band has had a lot of amazing firsts in the past month!
By far the coolest thing that the band did in March was travel with the Women’s Basketball Team for the NCAA tournament in Tallahassee, Florida!
We actually flew with the Team, Cheerleaders, and Athletic Staff on a Charter Plane, where our bus drove right up onto the runway to meet us! VIP Treatment!
When we arrived at the hotel, they were ready for us! The whole place was decked out with Princeton gear, from banners to even a flag out front!
We arrived in Florida on a Thursday, so to occupy ourselves on Friday we spent the day at Panama City Beach!
Finally it was time for the game vs. St. John’s!
Drummers Gabe Eggers ’13, Hyung Lee ’12, Seth Gordon ’13, Nicole Rafidi ’12, and Matthew Edwards ’12 at the Pep Rally at the hotel!
The game may have not turned out for the best, but the band still had an amazing time as always!
Another first for the band was going to Men’s Volleyball Game! The team had asked us to play, and was really excited/thankful for us to be there! It was an exciting event that lasted all 5 games, and the band was only hit a couple of times so it was a blast!
Finally, last weekend the band travelled with the Men’s Lacrosse Team to the Big City Classic, where we watched the Tigers lose 4-13 in a painful game, BUT the event was one of the first games in the new Meadowlands Stadium, so it was a great experience in the end! Plus we did escalator gigs before the game, which were awesome!
The band will be finishing up the semester, crashing Pre-Frosh events, looking to recruit new members, and gearing up for Reunions!
As many of you may know, the band and FoTB (mostly just me, really) are working on compiling a history of the ensemble since 1919. I’ll be posting topical pieces here to give the band and its alumni a taste of what is being uncovered of the group’s rich and storied past. Given the flurry of events this week, and hopefully into the coming weeks, I thought I’d take a look at the band’s relationship with the game of basketball.
The band’s relationship with basketball is almost as old as the band itself. The Daily Princetonian tells us that the band, looking for ways to occupy itself during the off-season, played at its first basketball game on January 28, 1920 against Penn (sucks) in University Gymnasium, just a few months after being founded. The band, clad only in plainclothes for these early events, continued to play at most home contests from then on, weathering games in frosty Baker Rink when University Gym burnt down, and decades of games in Dillon Gymnasium as Princeton grew into a mid-major powerhouse and perennial “giant killer” in the NCAA Tournament.
As far as I can tell, the band played at its first NCAA Tournament in 1969, cheering on the eventual semi-finalists in the first three rounds in Philadelphia and College Park, MD.
This week, is a week full of firsts for Princeton basketball and the band. This evening, the men played in their first ever College Basketball Invitational Tournament game, in Jadwin Gym against Duquesne University. This was their first postseason bid since 2004, and the band, faithfully on campus for spring break, cheered them onto victory! They will face Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis on Monday in Indy. Saturday, the women’s team will play in their first ever NCAA Tournament against St. John’s in Tallahassee, FL. The band will be joining them, so check back here next week for a trip update from your Alumni Coordinator Jacquelyn Nestor ’12.
This particular trip is an especially big deal for the band because it adds another state to the travel map. That’s right, the band has never been to sunny Florida before this weekend. Did you know that in the last 3 years, the band has ventured to 4 states for the first time? Wisconsin, South Carolina, Minnesota, and now Florida are all on the list.
Check out the women’s team and the band on ESPN2, or online at www.espn360.com, this Saturday at 12:21 pm Eastern time! Then watch the men’s team take on the Jaguars on Monday on HDNet at 7:00 pm Eastern time.
GO TIGERS! BEAT ST. JOHN’S! BEAT IUPUI!
The band has been faithfully attending Basketball games throughout February, following the ups and downs of the Men’s Basketball team, and the extremely successful Women’s Basketball Season.
After moving briefly into 1st place after defeating Columbia on February 12th, Men’s Basketball fell to Cornell (ranked #22 at the time) in a close 45-48 loss on February 13th.
Along with a wonderful showing by the band, the Jadwin Jungle almost seemed to be back in action as the stands were filled with Princeton students!
On February 16th, the Band took a road trip to the Palestra, and defeated the Quakers 58-51.
On February 19th, in a televised game on ESPNU the Tigers defeated Yale, scoring an unusual 82 points.
Unfortunately, despite a great showing by the band the Tigers fell to Brown on Saturday night 54-57.
This weekend, the PUB will be supporting the Women’s Basketball team on Friday, and the Men’s Ice Hockey Team with a visit from the Brown Band on Saturday, all while hoping the Men’s Basketball team will be able to defeat Cornell on Saturday!
So despite it being Reading Period, and then Dean’s Date, and then Finals Week the PUB has still been keeping busy playing at hockey and basketball games, and encouraging hardworking procrastinators into the last hours of Dean’s Date!
Ambushing students on the 3rd Floor of Frist on Dean’s Date Eve.
Serenading students outside of Marquand Library on Dean’s Date Eve.
Jacob Kim ’13 shows some Tiger Spirit playing on Dean’s Date.
The PUB is ready to start up 2nd Semester as the Tiger Teams move into the hardest parts of their seasons!!!
Hello! So 2009 have been a pretty crazy year for the PUB, but what year hasn’t?
Here are some highlights from the past year!
Band visits Brown for Men’s Ice Hockey and performs an Ice Show
Band travels to Cornell to watch Men’s Ice Hockey, who beat Cornell with 2 goals in the last 36 seconds of the game.
Band travels to Albany for the ECAC tournament.
Band travels to Minnesota for the first round of the NCAA tournament, to watch the Men’s Ice Hockey team lose their lead in the last second of the game.
Band travels with Men’s Lacrosse in NCAA tournament at Hofstra University against Cornell.
Annual White Castle Meat Product Tolerance Marathon
Reunions (with several P-Rade casualties)
Home game versus Citadel…
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade (IN THE RAIN)
Homecoming versus Yale!
Band supports the Men’s Water Polo in the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.
Caroling! (on the Dinky!)
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE PUB!