The University of Pennsylvania Band, among the first collegiate marching bands in the country, was founded in 1897. Ever since, it has been a cornerstone of student life on campus, serving as a guardian of musical traditions and all things red and blue. The University of Pennsylvania Band is a distinctive photographic collection tracing the evolution of the student-led organization from its start as the prototype for the modern collegiate marching band, through the dramatic social changes during the middle of the 20th century, to the comedic Ivy League–style "scramble" band it became towards the end of its first 100 years. By following the evolution of the band, this pictorial collection traces the changes that occurred within the student body over the decades, including times of war and social inequality.
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The University of Pennsylvania Band is amongst the largest bands in the Ivy League, and it is one of the most active programs in the country, year in and year out, entertaining audiences with its unique combination of humor and music. Throughout its entire history, the organization has always been a primarily student-led group and has never been affiliated with any academic department. Its membership is composed of true amateurs, performing not for scholarships or academic credits but for their love of music and their alma mater.