UM Band of the Hour sparks school spirit

Jordan Balke, senior, plays the flute in the marching band before the Ohio State game begins. Cayla Nimmo//Assistant Photo Editor

The tune of “I Will Survive” rang out from the football field during halftime at Saturday’s home opener against Ohio State, courtesy of the Band of the Hour.

Leading a crowd of over 66,000 people in a round of karaoke, this marked the group’s new plan to garner increased participation at football games for the 2011 season.

Led by director Thomas Keck, the band performed popular sing-a-long songs, such as “American Pie,” “Piano Man” and “Hey Jude” while lyrics appeared on the scoreboard video screens.

“This year, it’s all about getting everyone in the stands involved in what we’re doing during the halftime show,” sophomore drum major Taylor Rambo said.

The Band of the Hour features musicians from UM, both undergraduates and graduate students, as well as local high school students.

While the music may have gotten students excited for the game, it also served another purpose that is central to the action on the field.

“The band represents our school spirit,” said junior Yifan Zhang, who attended several homes games last year. “So if the band is playing it gives the team a lot of support and it makes the students more lively.”

Stephen Yip, assistant band captain, explained that the band members are truly getting the job done while playing in the stands and distracting the opposing team.

“We play when we’re on defense,” Yip said. “We create noise. We try to focus a lot more on getting students to jump, sing and dance.”

The band’s first step toward more crowd participation was the karaoke method, Rambo said. His only concern is that it may take more than one game to get the message across.

“Hopefully this year we’ll be able to break through to the students better than we have ever before,” he said.

It seems that students have begun to catch on.

“Whenever I go to games, people will tell me to stay for the halftime show because they say it’ll be really cool,” Zhang said.

However, freshman Lindsey Bergholz thought the band should have better publicized its karaoke idea in order to connect with the audience.

“Unless you were really observant, you probably didn’t notice,” said Bergholz, who attended the Ohio State game. “If people were singing, it was more like, ‘Oh, I know this song!’ than them reading the lyrics.”

September 21, 2011


Lyssa Goldberg

Lyssa Goldberg is online editor of The Miami Hurricane. She is a senior majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in math. She has interned at Mashable and the Miami New Times, and her work has also been featured in The Huffington Post.

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “UM Band of the Hour sparks school spirit”

Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • Error

The Miami Hurricanes, still waiting for a starting quarterback to be named, are in the top 25 again. ...

Happy first day of school for everyone out there, including the University of Miami students. We jus ...

With the University of Miami season opener closing in, the next starting quarterback has yet to be n ...

The second fall scrimmage, closed to the media and public, is over. University of Miami coach Mark R ...

1. DOLPHINS: Fins any good? 'Dress rehearsal' may tell: Opening win, then lopsided loss. W ...

UM’s new chief academic officer holds some 40 patents, and in 2017 was inducted into the National Ac ...

University of Miami students and researchers are blogging during a month-long expedition in the Gulf ...

María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad, a world-renowned economist and former ambassador, fills a new role for ...

Through the U Dreamers Grant, DACA students find essential support as they pursue their college degr ...

UM students talk about their internships up north in a city that never sleeps. ...

RSS Error: A feed could not be found at A feed with an invalid mime type may fall victim to this error, or SimplePie was unable to auto-discover it.. Use force_feed() if you are certain this URL is a real feed.

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly on Thursdays during the regular academic year.