I know colleges are imitating the NFL, but I am really sick of piped in music. Part of the pageantry of college football is hearing that school’s BAND. Or the actual cheers. Every break these days it’s piped in music. Going to break it was ABBA “Dancing Queen.” I like ABBA just fine. But I would rather hear the terrific BYU band. They have a great music program up there.
I agree, I’ll always noticed the music really subdues the crowd (especially in basketball) at critical times. We have to remember certain songs are just as inspirational to the other team as it is ours.
Exactly. The reason the NFL pipes in music is because they don’t have marching bands. For that matter, they don’t have cheerleaders—just scantily clad dancers. College football is unique, but we keep trying to make it NFL-lite
Was in High School Band back in the day. Loved playing for the crowd. Crowd loved to listen to us. Was one of the happiest times when I was young. College needs to find a balance. Piped in music before and after the game? Sure. Before second half kick off? Fine. During the game? No. That’s what the band is for.
Jackson is right. Huge for the recruits too. And non-athlete student recruitment I might add. You don’t want to be “that school” who just has the band playing music, when all of the others UArk competes against have a DJ and are streaming in hip hop, etc. before, during and after the game. If you want a bunch of #35 recruiting classes, or worse, make the stadium an old folks home.
They used to say the same thing about ugly, non traditional uniforms. Gotta wear them. The recruits love them. And yet we couldn’t beat mid major teams wearing those crappie uniforms. Those kids in the stands with instruments are UofA students. They spend a lot of time practicing with those instruments, and they deserve to be heard. The guys on the field are football players. They are not music directors. They will like the band music, played by their fellow students just fine.
They won’t - trust me, I’m around kids of this age a lot and the DJ and piped in music is what keeps the kids engaged. I sit right behind the students in the East Outdoor Club and the kids are never more engaged than when the DJ is doing his thing.
Going back to the way it was before isn’t going to happen.
Because they are future long time fans who are here now — part of the 30,000 + student body — and who will give money and support in the future. Plus, better recruiting and more wins will yield much more financially than individuals like you giving here and there. Wins = money. Do what you can to cater to the dinosaurs (me included in some respects) but do everything you can to recruit, recruit, recruit and win more.