Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager P. Lucey '51, Drill Master
W. Handelman '53, Drum Major T. Barry '52. "Up the Street" march
album recorded and "Ivy League" and "Half-Time" albums reissued.
"Substitutions Unlimited" drill at Army game. Korean War begins.
First "Golden Gloves" appearance in Lowell; first "Drum Beats
and Song" performance at Radcliffe Student Council show. Band plays
at Wellesley Winter Carnival, and at a concert in Springfield with the Mount
Holyoke Glee Club. Band purchases famous white coat for Mal
Holmes. Another summer band organized.
Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager F. Hopkins '52, Drill Master
W. Handelman '53, Drum Major T. Barry '52. Band moves into Varsity
Club quarters (9 Prescott St.) from cramped space in Music Building.
Army football given to Band by Lloyd Jordan after victory. First
Brown game "bash" at Weld boathouse. Band gives informal concert at
end of season, plays Moussorgsky's Pictures at an
Exhibition at Dartmouth concert. Collier's magazine
gives Band publicity. General MacArthur is relieved of command
in Korea by President Truman.
Director Malcolm Holmes '28, Manager D. Hastings '53, Drill Master
W. Handelman '53, Student Conductor P. Strauss '54. Mal Holmes is
too ill to do Dartmouth concert; Pete Strauss takes over as substitute.
U.S. develops the hydrogen bomb. Band performs in "Drum Beats
Song" again; first concert in Symphony Hall for Harvard Club of
Boston Scholarship Foundation. First perfomance of "Harvard Pops,"
arranged by G. Wright Briggs. Paul Touchette Jr., '60, joins the
Band to provide a father-and-son team of performers. Mal Holmes
dies in June, mourned by all bandsmen and those enriched by his
zeal and skill.
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Mangaer P. Strauss '54, Drill Master
S. Singer '54, Student Conductor P. Strauss '54, Drum Major L. Corser
'54. Wright Briggs is installed as new director. Band is arrested
in New Haven after early morning high jinks en route to the Columbia
game. The new President Pusey and his wife appear at the Band party
after the Brown game, somewhat to the consternation of merry-makers.
"Commercials on Parade," arranged by Finnegan, is introduced at the
Dartmouth concert. "Bands on Parade," a parody of fast-stepping
units, done by Finnegan for the Yale Bowl. U.S.S.R. develops the
hydrogen bomb. Band perfoms drill on skates in Boston Garden for
Yale hockey. Band plays Symphony Hall concert again.
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager A. Novick '55, Drill
Master R. Rogers '56, Student Conductor R. Blacklow '55, Drum
Major G. Nimtz '57. 35th reunion draws large alumni Band; "Tunes
Through the Years" production number by Finnegan features "echo"
trumpets. First senior Christmas party in Wellesley. Band leads
parade in South Boston on Evacuation Day. "Between the Halves"
album session in Symphony hall includes medleys by John Finnegan
and Wright Briggs. The big Bass Drum expires and is replaces by
a new, improved, and BIGGER version. Senator McCarthy attempts to
root out communists in government but is censured for going too far.
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager A. Aronson '56, Drill Master
R. Rogers '56, Student Conductor W. Sechriest '56, Drum Major G.
Nimtz '57. Band switches to handsome blazers with drum emblems.
During hazardous plane trip to New York to perform at Harvard
Club, embarrassing one-hour delay is filled by Frank Hatch '19,
good friend of the Band, in NY. Band makes long trip in rickety
cargo plane to Loring Air Force Base in Maine for concert on Armed
Services Day. U.S. sends troops to train South Vietnamese forces.
Massachusetts medley arranged by Loring T. Briggs '41. Band records
45 rpm album, including Briggs march later published as "Concord
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager S. Dills '57, Drill Master
W. Ernst '57, Student Conductor P. Gold '57, Drum Major G. Nimtz '57.
Band plays in Carnegie Hall in New York (with Glee Club), playing
new Bernstein music with the composer himself in the audience.
Band plays early season concert for Connecticut Savings
Banks Association convention in New Hampshire, and takes spring tour
to Albany, Buffalo, and points west. Trip in May to Associated
Harvard Clubs meeting in Washington; performance at Dumbarton Oaks.
Band performs at Red Sox opening-day game. U.S.S.R. invades
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager K. Lane '58, Drill Master
N. Douglas '58, Student Conductor J. Connolly '58, Drum Major A.
Pratt '58. First Band telecast over WGBH-TV from old studios near
M.I.T. First artificial satellite, "Sputnik," is launched.
Symphony Hall concert includes Roger Voisin as guest soloist and
conductor. Band takes long tour to Connecticut, Detroit, and
Chicago. Prop crew borrows R.O.T.C. rifles and carries them at
Princeton game to protect Bass Drum.
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager G. Kirklin '59, Drill Master
N. Douglas '58, Student Conductor M. Gilman '59. Fidel Castro
seizes power in Cuba. Disastrous fire in the Band Room occurs after
first game of the season; Band headquarters move to 54 Dunster
Street for a short time. Band performs preseasons concert in Maine
for Massachusetts Savings Bank Association. Band joins M.I.T. band
on WGBH Christmas telecast. Leroy Anderson is guest conductor at
Director G. Wright Briggs '31, Manager C. Hagaman '60, Drill Master
R. Raynolds '60, Student Conductor P. Cobb '60, Drum Major J.
Bassett '60. Fortieth reunion game gets soaked by rainstorm.
Dartmouth concert presents former student conductors plus Fred
Reynolds, Jack Finnegan, and Leroy Anderson. Alaska and Hawaii
are admitted to the Union. Lowell House quad concert features
1812 Overture and includes Russian bells of Lowell tower
as a special effect. Wright Briggs conducts final concert on
Class Day and retires as director.