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Thoma, Harry (ed.) / The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 37, Number II (Nov. 1935)

Adams, Mel
Hail to the bands!,   p. 43


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        Hail to the Bands!
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                         IMel Adams
 W EDITH the gigantic figure of legendary Paul Bun-
       yan looming in the background of the 1935
       Homecoming celebration, thousands of Wis-
consin alumni are expected to return to the Campus
to commemorate the annual fall alumni festival
and to do honor to the Wisconsin band on its 50th    Letters have been mailed
to several thousand mem-
anniversary.                                         bers of the former University
bands and it is expect-
  Although dedicated to the band's "Golden Wed-   ed that a large number
of the old bandsmen will be
ding Day," the 1935 Homecoming will find Paul      on hand to reune
with their fellow "tooters."  A
Bunyan as the general theme pervading the Campus.  special dinner for the
bandsmen has been prepared
The use of Paul, "Babe, the blue ox," and other    for Friday night
by the Varsity Band Association un-
folklore characters of the northwoods comes as the  der the leadership of
Herman L. Wittwer, '12, and
result of the acquisition, by the band, of a giant  Band Director Ray Dvorak.
Following the dinner
drum, known as Paul Bunyan's drum, presented by    and the massmeeting on
the Lower Campus, the re-
the B. P. 0. E. 338, of Appleton.                    turning bandmen will
be guests of the 1935 Band
  The drum is 19 feet in circumference, and al-   at its Fiftieth Anniversary
Homecoming concert to
though not the largest drum in the country, is the  be held in the Men's
Gymnasium.
only Paul Bunyan drum in existence. According to     Nearly all of the fraternities
and sororities along
northwoods folklore the drum was presented to Paul  Langdon street have signified
their intention of pre-
by the Chippewa Indians as a token of their esteem.  paring decorations for
the Homecoming weekend.
Not having suitable beating weapons, Paul whittled  Langdon street will be
blocked off on Friday night
down two pine trees to use as drum sticks.        to enable returning alumni
to join the seething throng
  Outstanding among the thousands of prominent    in wandering from one end
of the street to the other,
alumni expected to return for the weekend is John  viewing the unique decorations
and greeting old
R. "Big Jawn" Richards, '96, who played five years  friends on
the way.
of varsity football on the elevens of 1892-1896, and  Headquarters for the
returning bandsmen as well
was captain in 1895 and 1896, and who coached     as all other returning
alumni, will be established in
the -teams of 1911, 1917, and from 1919 to 1922    the Memorial Union building.
A special registration
inclusive. Famous as the originator of the "screen  table will be erected
at which alumni are asked to
pass," Richards' teams had impressive records, win-  register so their
former classmates may have an op-
ning 17 of 26 conference games, and only beaten    portunity to find out
how and where to reach them.
twice by more than one touchdown.                       The entire program
for the week-end follows:
  The week-end will feature the Purdue football     Friday, November 8-4
p. m.-Military Review
game, and will take place November 8-10. Coach     on the lower campus; 5:30-inspection
of fraternity,
Clarence W. Spears' Badger gridsters will have dou-  sorority and dormitory
house decorations; 6:00-
ble motif for victory inasmuch as it was a Purdue  Homecoming Banquet in
the Memorial Union; 7:15
eleven which served Wisconsin its last Homecoming  -Pep rally on the Lower
Campus, with the band,
defeat, 14-0, at Camp Randall in 1933.               and speeches by Governor
   (Please-turn to page 64)
                 The 1935 Band
                 Fifty years ago
                 ten men started
                 this greatI organ-
                 ization.
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