Battle of the Orange Line: Pep Bands


Part 3 of a series leading up to The Battle of the Orange Line between GW and GMU in men’s basketball on December 2, 2009. We’ll be breaking down the rivalry in the coming days. Today: the pep bands.

First, an update to the groundswell of support at GW: Are you ready?!


Secondly, a quick thanks to Dan Steinberg at the DC Sports Bog for the mention of the rivalry today. The more we can get this out there, the better chance it has of becoming a real rivalry. You can read his post here.

Now to today’s debate: the pep bands. This is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, as an alumnus of GW’s Colonial Brass. It’s hard for me to be unbiased here, but I will do my best. And I’ve got good reason. The Green Machine is a fantastic pep band. They were voted (by fans) the best band in the CAA last year, and they’ve got some fantastic songs. I will never forget being at the Verizon (or was it MCI then?) Center for the 2006 Elite Eight game of GMU v. UConn, and listening to the student body sing “Livin’ on a Prayer” with the band. It was incredible. So I’ve got tons of respect for them. And check out this video of them playing Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition.” They’ve got VIOLINS in the band. Awesome.



Colonial Brass and verdict below!.

Photos: Obamas at GWU

President Obama waving at the bandSo, thought you’d go home for Thanksgiving and miss a men’s basketball game, eh? Well, then you missed out on a solid two hours of gawking at the First Family as they walked in, sat in the student section, made goofy faces, and ate popcorn. They managed to only make it onto the Jumbotron twice, entering and leaving, and requested no fanfare music. Alas, where ever the intrepid family goes, a group of reporters and curios fanboys are sure to follow, so behind the cut we’ve brought you exclusive photos from Colonial Brass alum Amanda Notarangelo. The First Family (including First Mother-in-Law) was there, of course, because Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, is the Oregon State Basketball coach. Their team apparently got a tour of the White House. And they won the game, 64-57.

Read more about the game (note the byline, by one of our favorite sometimes contributors!): [ABC News]

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Humpday Sales

Slim pickin’s on the craigslist today, though the person who has been selling his framed art prints for the past three weeks straight still refuses to lower his prices. So uh, if you want to pay $40 for Ansel Adams prints, just know you still can.

For Sale:

Vintage Pineapple Chair – $30 – I don’t really know what a pineapple chair is, but the image the name conjures up is probably more exciting then the blurry photo of the actual chair.

Yamaha YPC-62 Piccolo – $1000 – It comes with “double bladder pads,”  but if it’s in good condition, then that’s actually an alright price.

Alto Sax “Vito” – $175 – Uh, it appears to be an alto sax named Vito. I’m going to go ahead and guess this instrument is “well loved.”

italian bistro gergetown palisades – $265 – I’m including this because “close to GWU” is in the description. Though $265 seems like a great price for an entire Italian bistro, the rent is actually 5 k/month. This might be even less descriptive then the previous ad, but it’s not every day that restaurants are for sale on CL.

Autographed Sheryl Crow guitar – $150 – This item is pretty much awesome – original, well priced, hilarious.

The Pirate Primer – $20 – It’s a book on pirate language. Probably good if your facebook is stuck in pirate English mode.

Jobs & Gigs

GWU – Head Cheer Coach – I know this ad is old. But. What a great job — hourly wages and  three whole credits. I also like the intentional/unintentional pun here: “Work in concert with the Colonial Brass Pep Band to coordinate game performances between the cheer team, dance team, mascots, and band.”

Wanna donate a kidney? – Yeah, pretty sure that offering compensation for organ donation is illegal, but you know, if you’re O +, go for it.

Kaplan & the GWU Bookstore are both hiring part time employees.

Dancers, breakdancers, aerialists, acrobats for a national festival (Meriweather Post Pavilion) – If you’re a FoBo dancer and want to be a staaaaaar, this seems like a sweet opportunity. Hang out with “singer/songwriters, street graffiti artists, and hula hoopers?” I wish I could dance, juggle, or uh…aerial?