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Chippewa Marching Band


In the Fall of 1923, Central Michigan Normal School's Music Department Head J. Harold Powers enlisted sixteen men and boys, funded the purchase of uniforms, and took on the duties of director of Central's first Football Band. Registrar and Dean of Men Charles C. Barnes lent support for the new group by donning a uniform himself and acting as honorary Drum Major. The band was immediately embraced by the campus community in response to its enthusiastic support of the football team, which has since been the first, best calling of the Chippewa Marching Band. Following Coach Enos' lead, each bandsman's challenge is to "Play with the Heart of a True Champion." Dubbed by the Morning Sun as "The Spirit of the Stadium," the Band stays on its feet, cheering on the Chippewa faithful after every single down, no matter what Mother Nature or the other team may bring.

For 89 years, the Chippewa Marching Band has maintained a tradition of excellence and innovation, summarized in its motto, Semper Superne Nitens - Concordia Ad Astra ("Always Striving Upward - Together To The Stars"). One of the most recognizable public faces of the University, the Band is an invaluable collection of musical ambassadors for CMU, comprised of students from every college and program.

The Band's distinctive and entertaining pregame and halftime performances result from many hours of rehearsal directed by faculty and staff in the CMU School of Music. Associate Director of Bands James Batcheller is in his twelfth year as director and this is the 33rd year in which John E. Williamson has served as CMU's Director of Bands. The Band's percussion section is under the leadership of Professor of Percussion Andrew Spencer. Aiding our faculty are graduate assistants Aaron Evens, Michael King, Tyler Bragg, David Abraham, and Andrew Cote. Support Staff includes Librarian Carol Hebert, Media Production Manager Scott Burgess, Technical Advisor Jon Crain, Facilities Coordinator Dan Koefoed, Director of Music Events John Jacobson, and the School of Music office staff, Mindy Zeneberg, Linda Switalski, and Antoinette Tucker.


Custom musical arrangements are prepared especially for the Band by Roland Barrett, Tim Mocny, Bragg, and Batcheller. The visual designer for the Band's halftime shows is Vincent Noble. The work of our color guard is coordinated and choreographed by Joan Noble-Pruett. Our Color Guard Instructor is Amanda Sayre, Brownstown senior.

Chippewa fans will recognize the distinctive sound of our announcer - the Voice of Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Bryan Wieferich. Bryan's encouragement of sideline officials to "MOVE THOSE CHAINS," is an exciting addition to Game Day!

The honor of leading and conducting the Band on the field has been earned by Corey Jahlas, Highland Senior. This is Corey's first year as head drum major. Julie Claveau, Ludington junior, is in her first year as assistant drum major.

For more information about the Band's history, for audition information, and for special events and opportunities to support our program, visit us on the web at:

Chippewa Marching Band or look for The Chippewa Marching Band on Facebook.

Pregame Program
This is the 52nd year in which the Chippewa Marching Band presents its traditional pre-game show, featuring music arranged by

Norman C. Dietz, Director of Bands 1946-79.

Hail Chippewa! - Click to Listen
Words and Music by Norman C. Dietz (Class of 1945).
Hail to the Chippewa, All Hail to the Chippewa!
The valiant men who wear Maroon and Gold will
FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! our honor to uphold.
Hail to the Chippewa, All Hail to the Chippewa!
We salute you, warriors brave and true,
Win or lose we're proud of you!

Alma Mater, Hear Us Now - Click to Listen
Words and Music by Ruth Mavis (Class of 1927).
Alma Mater, hear us now; Ever more we praise thee.
Hear us pledge our sacred vow ever to defend thee.
Mighty Mother, Queen of Earth eternal, precious emblem of our lives Supreme;
Ever symbolizing truth and knowledge in glorified esteem.
Alma Mater, hear us now; Ever more we praise thee.
Hear us pledge our sacred vow ever to defend thee.

You're a Grand Old Flag
Words and music by George M. Cohan
Arranged by Roland Barrett
You're a grand old flag,
You're a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

The Star-Spangled Banner
Words by Francis Scott Key
Arrangement by John Higgins
(written on board the Minden during the Battle of Fort McHenry, August 1814; adopted by the United States Congress as the National Anthem in 1931)

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, o'er ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Central Fight Song - Click to Listen
Words and Music by Howard (Howdy) Loomis (Class of 1935). Arranged by Norman C. Dietz (Class of 1945).
FIGHT, Central down the field, FIGHT for victory,
FIGHT, fellows never yield; We're with you, oh varsity.
Onward with banners bold, to our colors we'll be true,
FIGHT for Maroon and Gold, Down the field for C. M. U.
Varsity! Rah! Rah! Victory! Rah! Rah!
CHIPPEWA, we're proud of that nickname.
Hear our song loud and strong,
CENTRAL is going to win this game!
Come on and ... (Repeat thru "C. M. U.")

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