Let me tell you about the moment when I truly fell in love with BC Men’s Ice Hockey.
I was a sophomore at BC, and it happened on a small airplane in Michigan. It was the night of April 10th, and I was wearing a truly crazy hat. I was lucky enough to not only be in the BC Pep Band, but to be in the select group of students sent to cheer on our Eagles at Ford Field in the 2010 Men’s Frozen Four. On this particular night our boys had worked their magic, we were headed home, victorious.
The team, classy as always in their suits and ties, had still found time to board our charter plane before us. When Coach York complimented my hat as I walked past his front row seat I assumed that would be the moment I remembered most about the whole trip – but I was wrong. These gentlemen had, no more than 2 hours ago, won the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, and I’m sure they wanted nothing more than to revel in the moment, to celebrate. However, instead, these guys turned their smiles to the 30 members of the Band boarding the flight AND THEY APPLAUDED US AS WE TOOK OUR SEATS. Not just Coach York, not just the captains, but EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE TEAM.
Let’s be honest, how could I not have fallen in love with that team in that moment? And I did!
Fast forward to this, the 2013-2014 hockey season, and find me wanting to scream. Not at the team, but at the same Pep Band that gave me the above experience – because in so many ways it is NOT the same Band.
After so many years of receiving nothing but support, appreciation, and good will from the Men’s Ice Hockey team & staff there are some with control over the Band’s actions (I’m looking at you, Tim & Dave) who are not responding in an even vaguely appropriate manner.
The absurd power struggle over the cowbell this season was unfortunate enough, for the Band clearly fought a losing battle when Conte’s staff decided to not only allow but to provide a mic for a cowbell in the student section. Yet, things have fallen further still, in the form of an unwarranted attempt to squash the sieve chant – which has even Coach York’s explicit blessing – on the basis of supposedly being too mean. The Band has bastardized our fight song, For Boston, by tacking on Zombie Nation with hardly enough time for a breath, at the end of each rendition be it after a goal or at the end of the period. The students are smart enough not to fall for this, as they know the Band is silenced when play resumes. However, even Conte’s sound guys have taken sides, because they’ve taken to cutting the Band’s microphone feed!
Personally, ALL my future donations are going to LSOE instead of BC Bands – but I’m more worried about the POSITIVE experiences current students are losing out on than the impact my $10 would have had for the Band.