California Aggie Marching Band-Uh

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First floor of the ARC near the Arc Ballroom
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[WWW]Band-uh!
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<cambofficercouncil AT campusrec DOT ucdavis DOT edu>

tubalubadubadeedo.jpgThe Band-uh! sousaphone (sousie) section on Picnic Day 2003 New Uniform.jpgNew uniforms in 2010

Far and wide, many have tried, but none have done it better.

The California Aggie Marching Band-uh! is the official UC Davis marching band. The band, which has roughly 200 members, plays at both home and away games to cheer on the UC Davis Aggies sports teams, participates in several parades, and performs at numerous other community events. The band members show up for their engagements in either their formal blue and gold marching uniforms, or their more casual white shirt, blue jeans, and button-laden floppy hat outfits, known as the Mav'rik Band uniform.

The Band-uh! has released two compact discs of its music, Barn Party in 1998 and Noise Violation in 2002. The band's 130+ song catalog is composed of campus traditionals like the Aggie Fight song as well as renditions of popular rock songs, such as Green Day's "Welcome to Paradise", Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein", and Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", among others.

The announcement used to present the Band-uh! at every Aggie home game is usually as follows, with occasional minor variations:

"Fast, furious, and foaming at the mouth,
Bold, blue, and bitchin',
It's the pride of the Regents of the University of California,
The spirit of the Davis Campus,
The California Aggie Marching Band-uh!"

The Marching Band-uh! is the most insane of the Student Organizations. They are student-run, they have many and very old tradition. These guys are total band dorks, and proud of it. They still like to use the Oldschool Aggie Logo.

Anyone can become a member of the Band-uh!, provided that he or she is a current student at UCD.

History

Until May 13, 1980, The Cal Aggie Band (official name of the Band-uh!) was a unit of ASUCD. Control of the Band-uh! was transferred to the university by an agreement between ASUCD President John Statton and Executive Vice Chancellor Elmer W. Learn. $15,058 in reserves was transferred from ASUCD to the Administration with the Band-uh.

The Band-uh! has a new band room in the north east corner of the ARC, as of Spring 2004. Prior to that they used a much smaller and run-down room in the old Firehouse, also known as the Old Bandroom. This is the location of many a Band-uh! horror story; unfortunately, those who remember actually using this room have left, or are leaving very soon.

In 2007, the band hired a new director after having been without one for four years. Thomas Slabaugh II began his freshman year (in band) in July and will hopefully be instrumental (ha!) in preserving the future of the band for future Aggies. Slabaugh apparently hasn't worked out very well and has [WWW]filed a sexual harassment complaint with UCD.

In January 2008, the Clinton campaign did not pay their bill for an appearance, causing the University to threaten to refer the total amount (including cleanup fees, etc) to a collection agency in April. $500 was for the UC Davis Marching Band.

A more expansive history of the Band-uh! can be found on the [WWW]History webpage.

Songs

(The following listed are more commonly known as: Trads (short for traditionals)

YouTube Links

The Band-uh's YouTube channel: [WWW]UCDavisBandUHTresona is managed by Tresona, a multimedia company specializing in marching bands.

General Traditions

These are just a few of the many things that the Band-uh! does.

There's really only one way to know EVERY tradition the Band-uh! has. Join it!

The Band-uh! usually has a table somewhere in the CoHo, usually in the same place. You might find them doing something goofy like making spur of the moment music, collaborating on a crossword, playing brain-numbingly exorbitant rounds of card games and Bananagrams, or even *gasp* studying.

'Band-what?'

Why is it called 'Band-uh!'? — If you carefully enunciate "band" over the microphone you end up with "ban-duh!" which turns into "Band-uh!"

That's not my name!

Speaking of the schwa (-uh!), there's definitely some confusion about what the band ought to be called. The band refers to itself as:

The schwa can be added on any of these.

Please, please, please, when referring to the band on advertisements or ESPECIALLY if you're announcing them at a gig, do NOT call them any of the following:

It sounds petty and nitpicky but saying any of the above will result in a band-wide cringe and general irritated mumbling. The band loves its CA and if you leave the "Cal Aggies" part of the name out, the CA makes no sense.

Interested?

To join, just show up to one of their Monday night rehearsals.

UPDATE: Due to the enormous number of new bandsmen this year, signups for the Band-uh were closed for the first time in history sometime during fall quarter of 2013. The Band-uh now constitutes over 300 members, and unfortunately, there simply aren't enough instruments for more folks at the present moment. "Stales" will have to wait until the [WWW]Retreat before fall quarter of 2014 to join. To see them perform, come to one of the basketball games at the ARC Pavillion!

Members

Known members and wiki-ites. Ask these guys about anything Band-uh! related. Please only list registered Wiki members, this shouldn't end up looking like the CAMB roster...

Band Alumni:

In Remembrance:

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2005-07-05 09:03:10   I think its awesome that the Band-Uh marched and played in the San Francicso Pride Day Parade. I was marching a few groups behind them with people from all over the state. Everyone I was with was very happy to hear and see the Band-Uh —JimSchwab


2005-07-07 22:13:35   I've always wanted to ask: How about some new, modern songs? Does the person who says "Let's play a song from this decade!" get beaten mercilessly? —JoeConte


2005-07-14 10:26:11   Thanks Jim! The Pride Parade is one of our favorite gigs every year! As for Joe's question, anyone in the Band-uh is welcome to arrange new music. It just takes a while for new songs to catch on. Our Picnic Day show this year did include songs by RX Bandits and Flogging Molly, so there is hope! —KateBaker


2005-07-18 23:44:11   Hey Kate: Do new arrangements have to made by a bandsperson, or could a normie arrange one if they wanted? —ThomasFifield


2005-08-10 00:23:09   Oh golly gee whiz...look at the Band-uh Wikites...smells like an EXTREME NET INVASION!!! Yes. —AndreHarris


2006-05-29 20:22:04   Does anyone have information concerning the major sexual harassment imbroglio in the late 80's early 90's? —PaulThober


2006-10-24 16:48:45   Band-uh has kicked major ass since I can remember —StevenDaubert


2006-12-08 11:29:13   Just in the senate the other day, Thursday December 7th 2006, and that Band-Uh shows up.. very awesome, very fun, very loud, and perhaps one of the most interesting senate meetings I have so far been to, well at least the opening. —Users/DavePoole


2007-04-21 19:16:22   Some of these people played at Herb Schmalenberger's (my grandfather) memorial service in the ARC ballroom in July of 2006, I think they did Sons of California. I think they did a great job, and I'm curious to know what they thought about all that and how much background they were given on him. My dad said he remembered the band playing at football games in the sixties and I think he enjoyed it this time too. —NickSchmalenberger


2007-06-03 11:40:17   Ha ha! Someone moved Dennis to the alumni section prematurely! —KateBaker


2007-06-03 13:43:00   ok ive been reading the history and i still havnt found the answer to a question i have had for a while? Why is it named band-uh. What is the history behind "uh", what does it mean and what does it stand for? —MattHh


2007-06-03 18:46:50   It's on this page under "Band what?" —AllisonEriksen


2007-08-22 16:49:55   so...to join Band-uh we just show up?? it's THAT easy? —ArianeMetz


2007-08-22 17:06:02   YES! You CAN join the CAMB by just showing up to a Monday Night Rehearsal (usually Mondays 7-9pm in the ARC Ballroom). However, the most fun way to join CAMB is by attending the annual retreat held in the dorms the week before school starts. Anybody interested in joining ought to contact the band manager to see if it is too late to sign up for retreat. Band room phone number: 530.752.6569 or email: join AT camb DOT ucdavis DOT edu. —RyanCoates


2009-01-25 19:40:36   While the band was still all-male but was clearly going to change soon it was introduced, tounge in cheek, at Picnic Day and some games I went to as the "Cal Aggie All Male Chavinist Marching Band". I was pretty young then and worried that going co-ed would mean the end of the band bringing up the rear of the Picnic Day parade wearing boxers playing kazoos. I was happy to see that my concern was unfounded.


2009-04-19 18:23:58   question! I was at the Battle of the Bands this picnic day, an every time the other bands would play something (our fight song, I think?) the Band-uh would look all pissed off and sort of flap their hands or wag their fingers in the other band's direction, like "screw you guys, just go away." What's the deal? —LaFrance


2009-05-06 23:02:04   I'm a member of the Band-uh, and while i cannot speak for the entire band it is my understanding that the wave we do to other schools fight songs is more of a "goodbye" wave. At the battle when a band is ready to leave the last song they play is their fight song. The "L" sign we make is usually accompanied by shouts of "Lame" as they are leaving early. As for malice, this is all usually done in good spirit and has come to be the norm for the Battle of the Bands. —ChrisOchoa


2012-10-10 01:37:42   It seems like there hasn't been any comments about Band-uh! since 2009. Let me see... New music, old music, horn movements, going to Retreat, meeting stales, rally formation, Picnic Day parade, Battle of the Bands, San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade, marching football games, attending basketball games, Pajamarino, Save the Music Festival, being a roadie, marching test, away dinner, away trip, getting fitted, freshmen and uppers, instrument rentals, song folders and slits, Monday Night Rehearsals, traditional songs, singing the fight song, perform early, perform late, donuts, carrying ladders, prop building, marching practice, going to sectionals, sending excuses, sectional bondings, electing officers, becoming officers, Monday late night at the DC, meeting new friends, hang out with everybody else, follow traditions, activities, and other secret surprises... Other than going to class, internship, or a part-time job, Band-uh! is just a fun time for anybody to join... For me, to be able to be part of Band-uh! for less than three years, I always know I should have joined earlier. Proud to be part of it, proud to be an Aggie clarinet. In a certain way, Band-uh! defines and creates a space to become more self-confident, self-fulfilling, happiness, enjoyment, and to be part of the school community, in a much committed way. Like a big family, even though you don't need to know everybody... but no matter if anybody is ever going to read this..., I love Band-uh! Long live the spirit of happiness. —PhilipYip

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