The Seventies

1970
Director Frank Battisti, Manager J. Dills '71, Drill Master J. Olson '71, Student Conductor J. Posner '71, Drum Major W. Westin '71. Women are admitted to the Band! Their uniforms include black miniskirts. At one banquet, the award for "fooling Mom" (getting away with not quite full uniform) went to a woman who wore a blue miniskirt -- it was so short that her jacket hid the entire offending piece of clothing. The Chicago Seven are acquitted on riot changes.
1971
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager K. Martin '73, Drill Master R. Horn '72, Student Conductor D. Gaylin '72, Drum Major L. Larmore '74. Thomas G. Everett arrives as new director of the Band. Bangladesh secedes from Pakistan. Tom forms the Harvard Jazz Band. The Concert Band plays a concert in conjunction with the Princeton Band in Lincoln Center, New York.
1972
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager K. Martin '73, Drill Master S. Seicol '73, Student Conductor D. Herrington '73, Drum Major P. Ramirez '74. Band gets coverage in Progressive Labor Party ("A Revolutionary Communist Paper") for "supporting communism" in halftime show. A brawl between the opposing bands breaks out at the yale game. A break-in occurs at the Watergate Hotel. Band plays United Fund concert. "The Stripper" is banned from hockey games after one enthusiastic audience member takes it all off during a performance.
1973
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager S. Rainie '74, Drill Master L. Johnson '74, Student Conductor T. Pedulla '75, Drum Major P. Ramirez '74. Brown bandies, disguised as ABC sports producers, steal the Drum with the unwitting aid of Sam Coppersmith, future manager. The drum is recovered and Sam feels suitably sheepish. Band plays Brown Band in hockey (and smashes them). Abortion rights are established with Roe v. Wade. Marry Barry twirls baton during football season. The Band plays at the world premiere of The Paper Chase. ABC covers Band's Cornell halftime show (as Band spells "ABC").
1974
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager G. Russell '75, Drill Master T. White '75, Student Conductor T. Pedulla '75, Drum Major D. White '75. At the 55th Mom jumps out of cake on the 50-yard line. President Nixon resigns. Peter Schickele, of P.D.Q. Bach fame, is commissioned to write a work in honor of the 55th. Sam Palafian plays "Asleep in the Deep" on the Big Tuba. Band plays on the ice at the yale hockey game. Jazz Band tours Dominican Republic.
1975
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager S. Coppersmith '76, Drill Master J. Cronin '76, Student Conductor T. McGrath '76, Drum Major T. Barrette '77. Band roster reaches 200; Harvard football team captures Ivy League title. At Princeton show, audience sings Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in German along with Harvard Band. Band Endowment Fund is instituted. U.S. civilians are evacuated from Saigon, marking the end of the Vietnam War.
1976
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager R. McDonald '77, Drill Master R. Minard '77, Student Conductor J. Barbash '78, Drum Major T. Barrette '77. Band pulls "stunt of the century" when Stud Con Barbash, dressed as Leonard Bernstein, lands a helicopter on the 50-yard line at the Brown game. Stadium audience believes he really is Bernstein. yale steals the Drum before the Game. Carter pardons draft dodgers. Band plays at Concord to commemorate 200th anniversary of Harvard's relocation during the revolution.
1977
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager D. Glor '78, Drill Master T. Russell '78, Student Conductor J. Barbash '78, Drum Major C. Vincent '78. Elvis dies (?). Band gets stuck in traffic jam and is an hour late to Harvard Club concert. Wind Ensemble plays at McGill University in Montreal. Band plays for fencing matches, swim meets and field hockey, as well as ice hockey and basketball. (Harvard beats top-ranked Penn.)
1978
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager S. Cohen '79, Drill Master E. Harris '79, Student Conductor C. Kelly '80, Drum Major B. Shepard '79. Part of the Band goes to Stanford with Harvard men's basketball team. Band writes "Harvard" in script at Penn game. Camp David Accord establishes peace between Egypt and Israel. Band plays yale band in hockey (resulting in a tie).
1979
Director Thomas G. Everett, Manager D. Wasserman '80, Drill Master T. Cole '80, Student Conductor C. Kelly '80, Drum Major N. Gaudet '80. Diane Wasserman becomes first woman to be named manager. Drum Major Gaudet takes the field on a rearing white stallion for the "Lone Ranger" show. Five hundred Iranians storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran and hold hostages for 444 days.
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