Music for football fans' ears
Toronto alumnus and sports fan Scott Whitley, Artsci'80, Law'83, says performances by the Queen's Bands are one of the things that make Gaels' football games special
RE: “Just a loose social club?”
Issue #1-2012, P. 3
Lynn Hargreaves hit the nail squarely on the head regarding the Athletic Department’s appalling treatment of the Queen’s Bands at home football games in recent years.
To not allow the Bands to perform the national anthem seems unbelievable. Who would make such a boneheaded decision? And crowding out the Bands with pre-recorded music throughout the game is equally wrong-headed. Hey, if I wanted to soak in all the “atmosphere and pageantry” of a McMaster home game, I would drive down the QEW to Hamilton; there’s no need to try to replicate it at Richardson Stadium.
We should be supportive of the things that make a Queen’s football game unique, rather than seeking to undermine and homogenize them.
Scott Whitley, Artsci'80, Law'83, Toronto, ON