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I was lucky enough to go to three different schools for my three different degrees (B.S., M.S., Ph.D.) and thus got to explore the United States more than I normally would have.

I went to my home-state school of The University of Michigan for the Bachelors, Jacksonville State University for the Masters, and The University of Southern Mississippi for the Ph.D.

I have always been interested in college sports and all three schools have their own good sports teams, with U of M going to a Bowl Game this year, JSU in the Quarterfinals for Division I-AA football, and USM (We won't talk about their football season this year) but off to a great basketball season this year

I am one of those guys that gets excited when I hear my schools fight songs, it takes me back to the good old days of watching the games in the stadiums, cheering for my team.

and so I thought I would put up a diary for those of you with the same feelings about your past (or current) university days, in this Bowl Season, to show some Alumni pride, and put up your school's fight song

Was anyone on the GOS in their school's Marching Band? Any good memories of watching them play?

University of Michigan

Jacksonville State University

University of Southern Mississippi

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:06:07 PM PST

  •  Hail to the Victors--my goodness, I was never (6+ / 0-)

    that much of a sports fan, or a Michigan fan even though I got two degrees there, but hearing the fight song put a tear in the old eye. ;)

  •  Fun diary - thank you! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    2013 Petties Blog Awards winner for Funniest Pet Blog

    by Gottlieb on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:19:54 PM PST

  •  University of Texas (4+ / 0-)

    Not my alma mater but definitely the home team.

    •  Ahem: The words as I learned them: (3+ / 0-)
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      BFSkinner, jayden, Azazello

      Texas bite, Texas bite,
      Texas jump up and bite my ass

      Texas bite, Texas bite,
      Texas jump up and bite my ass

      Texas bite, Texas bite,
      Texas jump up and bite my ass

      Bite! Chew! Bite! Chew!
      Texas bite my ass and chew!

      Texas jump up and bite my ass

      And you really don't want to know the words to "The Lips of Texas are Around You"


      "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

      by zenbassoon on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:38:18 PM PST

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  •  The Arkansas Pre-Game-- (2+ / 0-)
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    1. Arkansas Fight
    2. Arkansas Fight Variations
    3. National Anthem
    4. The Arkansas Alma Mater
    5. The Swing March

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:39:32 PM PST

  •  I have two degrees from a state school (2+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, Azazello

    and couldn't begin to tell you the fight song even though I attended for seven years (BA, MA).

    But I went to four different high schools, and one of them uses the Notre Dame fight song, and one uses the Michigan fight song as their music -- with appropriate lyric changes.

    It always cracks me up to hear them, and I sing along with my high school words:  "Cheer, cheer for B....High/For her we'll do and for her we'll die." Etc.

    I was on the drill team, but never in band. We didn't have to learn the music, only the words and the beat.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:39:34 PM PST

  •  Here's mine. (2+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, sallym

    The UofA's marching band is called "The Pride of Arizona." Here they are playing Bear Down Arizona in an informal setting. Arizona got their butts kicked in the football rivalry, the Territorial Cup vs. Arizona State, but are currently enjoying a No.1 ranking in basketball.


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    by Azazello on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:39:38 PM PST

  •  And I forgot to post the Arkansas Pre-Game: (2+ / 0-)
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    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:41:22 PM PST

  •  to the tune of O Tannenbaum (4+ / 0-)
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    Antioch, o Antioch
    No one there wears shoe or sock

    Dear NSA: I am only joking.

    by Shahryar on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:46:52 PM PST

  •  Wish I Could Tell My Whole Story But I Can Share (2+ / 0-)
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    some fun bits.

    I was in the early 60's Junior High School "A" marching band [the one of our 3 bands that could perform for the general public] which incidentally included a brass player who became a national scholastic figure later referenced by name on an episode of the Frasier show.

    I never had kids so I don't know how that description will appear to people who matured after the 60's. I will say that at that time our town was a very modest mainly bluecollar rustbelt Ohio town. The school had 2,000 kids. Kids started band and immersion Euro foreign language classes in 4th grade. There had been Sputnik, which triggered the irrational notion that the masses needed to be educated rather than, as science now understands, be robbed. My first year of band, one of our late Fall practices was cancelled due to presidential assassination.

    This was in Ohio so only later could I appreciate the irony of our band uniform colors being the scarlet and gray of Ohio State University, while our school fight song was "The Victors" aka the fight song of THE UNIVERSITY OF MIC****N.

    Years later in the mid 70's I joined a tiny community marching band that occasionally did parades in Columbus. Our music was a different world from school marching bands, but at one of my first parade events with the band, our form-up station was adjacent to TBDBITL, The Ohio State University Marching Band. Some years earlier I'd roomed with one of their tubaists, who eventually I got to watch dot the I in the famous "Script Ohio" football halftime show.

    I'd gone to Ohio State but TBDBITL didn't include my instrument. I could have played with the ROTC marching band without having to join the army, but my priorities had shifted elsewhere.

    Let me tell you something about chutzpah. In this period when TBDBITL like many participating organizations would be moved around prior to performance time, but choosing to move and play in formation, it was their custom to play super pianissimo. Barely less than a whisper.

    So from 5' back with brass spread out almost 180 ° in front of me, off steps the Ohio State Marching band playing "Across the Field" so quietly you could hear their pants wrinkle and the players inhale, under the backdrop of that perfect tone and timing. I'm blessed with genetic iPod ear and I can hear them again just now, spread out in front of me, with those glorious brass harmonics.

    If the lunatic who thought up that idea is still alive, I'd love to spend an evening with her or most likely him, swapping tunes.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:48:41 PM PST

  •  I kinda feel sorry for you folks back east (2+ / 0-)
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    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:49:44 PM PST

  •  University of Kentucky Drumline here... (2+ / 0-)
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    ...and, yes, the snare part to "On, On, U of K" is burned into my muscle memory.

    The funny thing is that my wife attended a high school that used the same tune...and we met in the UK band playing that tune...and eventually wound up with 4 kids, 3 of whom played in the local high school band...whose fight song is...the same tune.

    The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

    by wesmorgan1 on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:18:14 PM PST

  •  The Fighting Ducks of Mighty Oregon 3rd generation (4+ / 0-)
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    Going to the Alamo Bowl against Texas Longhorns. 6 of our family are going to the bowl in San Antonio for most of a week. Go Ducks!


  •  I think my college, Catholic U, had a fight song. (1+ / 0-)
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    We had a swim team, a football team, a soccer team.  But no one really cared. The stadium (no bleachers, just seats carved out of rock) was never exactly overflowing. Nope the glamorous people at our school were the drama students (back then we had a world class theater dept) and they were more into show tunes. I don't think I EVER attended any sort of game in my 4 years, but I saw a lot of plays. I had John Pielmeier who wrote "Agnes of God" and "the screenplay for "Pillars of the Earth (as well as playing a monk) in my playwriting class.  ANd he was a terrific actor-000I got to see him play Ariel in The Tempest.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 09:46:11 PM PST

  •  Tech Triumph (1+ / 0-)
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    Virginia Tech's fight song:

    And, this is listed on YouTube as "The best entrance in all of college football":

  •  Michigan Technological University (3+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, badger, moose67

    We had a fight song, but it always played second fiddle (no pun intended) to the 'unofficial' one.

    "In Heaven there is no Beer"

    (Some verses changed for a regional flavor)

  •  The University of North Dakota had (2+ / 0-)
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    AaronInSanDiego, BFSkinner

    a school song, a fight song and an alma mater when I went there.  The school would play all three on the Carillon Americana every Sunday morning.

    It was very disconcerting to this Jew who had lost relatives in the Holocaust to hear the alma mater played every Sunday as I was lying in bed.  The tune was "Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles."

    Hail to thee oh alma mater,
    Hail to thee with heart and tongue. . .

    I once saw a movie where a calliope was playing the melody from the UND school song, which leads me to believe the melody to that was also not original, but I am not familiar with the original.

    Stand up and cheer,
    Stand up and cheer for North Dakota . . .

    My favorite was the fight song, but I don't even know if they use that anymore, since they no longer have a team name or mascot.

    Fight on Sioux, we're all for you,
    We're thousands of strong and loyal souls . . .

    There is no higher achievement in life than to make a child laugh.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 12:42:34 AM PST

  •  I was in marching band in high school, (2+ / 0-)

    where about half the kids knew how to play their instruments, but was never into sports or the obligatory pep rallies. Don't remember our fight song, but the regular school song was boring.

    At university, we didn't have a football team (one of the reasons I liked it), and I don't remember if there was a fight song, as I rarely went to any sports events.

    This is my favorite school fight song

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 12:54:13 AM PST

  •  Also spent the first 8 years of my life in (2+ / 0-)

    Ann Arbor (my dad taught physics at U of M), and I remember those songs better than those of the schools I went to.

    Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

    by AaronInSanDiego on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 12:58:02 AM PST

  •  I have to share a funny fight song story. (3+ / 0-)
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    In 1980 North Dakota was playing Northern Michigan for the national hockey title in Providence.  UND was too cheap to send their pep band, choosing instead to hire a local high school pep band.

    They apparently sent the high school the sheet music for the fight song and school song and the band did a passable job with little practice.  The only problem was that the sheet music called for a long sustained note in the fight song that UND never uses.  Instead of ending:

    But we're sportsmen through and through,
    We're the Fighting Sioux from North Dakota U!

    the sheet music had it as:

    but we're sportsmen through and throoooouuuuugggghhhh,
    We're the Fighting Sioux from North Dakota U!

    The athletic director, who was known to get tipsy, had enough of it, and at one point went over to the band and tried to teach them the accepted way to play it.  He was haranguing these poor high school kids, and getting redder and redder.  Someone in the stands who knew music terminology way better than the athletic director tried to help.  He stood up and yelled to the band, "Ignore the retard!  Ignore the retard!"

    The athletic director apparently that the guy was referring to him. He got furious and stormed off.

    There is no higher achievement in life than to make a child laugh.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 01:44:41 AM PST

  •  OK, I'll play: class of (1977, ex 1976) (1+ / 0-)
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    Pomona College fight song

    "When Cecil Sagehen Chirps"

    Pomona College has a fight song that is in a league all its own:

    When Cecil Sagehen Chirps
    He's gonna fracture the foes of Pomona's might,
    When Cecil Sagehen Chirps
    He's gonna wail on their bods for the blue and white!
    Our foes are filled with dread
    Whenever Cecil Sagehen flies overhead,
    We're gonna C
    We're gonna H
    We're gonna I-R-P
    When Cecil chirps his way to victory!

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    by tom 47 on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 02:11:56 AM PST

  •  I was intrigued by Jacksonville State University (1+ / 0-)
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    as I leave fairly close to Jacksonville Florida and work in the state university system and never heard of the school.  Obviously I had never heard of Jacksonville, Alabama until just now which is understandable as it is over twice as far from Tallahassee, much smaller than the Florida city, and in a different state.  So thanks for my morning education.

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Sat Dec 14, 2013 at 06:35:08 AM PST

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