The Brown University Band
is the official band of Brown University
. Like all Ivy League
bands except Cornell
's, it is a scatter band
. The Brown Band is famous for being the world's best and only ice skating
band. It is the source of much of Brown's school spirit, and often appears as a public representation of Brown to the Providence
community and to other universities. The Band is present at Brown's football, hockey, and basketball games, in addition to Commencement
and many other events each year. It receives funding from Brown's Undergraduate Finance Board.
History & Traditions
The Band was founded in 1924 by Irving Harris, a freshman who was shocked to find that the University had no band. This established a tradition of a student-run organization that currently has University practice space and a faculty advisor (currently Matt McGarrell), but is primarily driven by its student leadership.
The Band creates between 700 and 1000 buttons for each football game. These buttons have short that make fun of the opposing team, usually through wordplay and stereotyping
the opposing school. Brown Band members proudly display these buttons on their uniforms, often making large patterns out of them. Buttons are handed out to every fan who goes near the Band. During the third quarter, several bandies will walk over to the opposing team's stands and hand out buttons. Other bands are typically the first recipients of buttons during this time, and many band members at other Ivy... Read More