Dartmouth College Marching Band

The DCMB completes its traditional 'D' formation during Homecoming 2004

The Dartmouth College Marching Band (abbr. DCMB) is an organization of Dartmouth College.

About the DCMBEdit

Dartmouth College Marching Band was formed during the 1889 season. Since the 1960s, the DCMB has been a "scatter band"[1] like every Ivy League marching band except Cornell's band.

During the fall, the band attends all home football games and one away game[2]. For the pre-game and halftime of each game, the band writes a script, intended to be humorous, which is read over the loudspeaker as the band scrambles into a formation which relates to the jokes in the script. During the football game, the band plays during offensive first downs, defensive third downs, and after any points are scored, and supplies various chants and songs.

Once football season is over, the DCMB remains active by acting as a pep band at hockey and basketball games, as well as by playing at various special events on campus such as Winter Carnival.

Historically, the band included a kazoo section as well as a "liquid percussion" section, in which kegs and jugs were used as percussion instruments.

While the band does have official faculty representatives, the organization is primarily student-run. The "Big 3" of the band consist of the President, General Manager, and Drum Major. The President holds overarching power, the General Manager organizes on-campus and off-campus events, the Drum Major creates the formations, leads marching, selects repertoire, runs rehearsals, and conducts the band[3]. In addition, other members of the "Directorate" deal with equipment management, show writing, publicity, social life, supplying music, maintaining lists, and other various necessary tasks. Positions are filled by election at the end of Fall term, with the exception of the Drum Major. Drum Major auditions are held winter term, and are used to select an assistant Drum Major who will aid the current Drum Major and prepare to take over the following winter. By DCMB tradition, the Governor of Hawaii is an ex officio member of directorate, and supreme authority rests with the Coke Machine. The coke machine in Morton Hall was elected to the directorate in November 1988 when Tor Blaisdell ran for president unopposed. Mr. Blaisdell was elected as president, while the Coke Machine became a member of the DCMB directorate[3].

Traditions and historyEdit

The band continues to play the old fight songs that have been played at football games for nearly a century. These songs include "Dartmouth's in Town Again," "Come Stand Up Men," "As the Backs Go Tearing By," and "Glory to Dartmouth" – collectively known as the "Dartmouth Tunes" or "DT's". The conclusion of each game is cause to play the Alma Mater, to which the football team and audience members sing, followed by an arrangement of Hey Baby from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack. Before home football games, the band marches to tailgate parties, as well as through Hanover, New Hampshire's Main Street, playing various tunes in that season's repertoire and the Dartmouth Tunes.

Every Dartmouth Night Weekend, the band doubles in size as alumni return wearing sweaters knitted by the Faculty Advisor's wife, and march with the band. Some alumni have come back for more than 50 homecomings. The band demonstrates its only fancy marching during the halftime show, as band members march directly into a "D" formation.

For the senior game, DCMB senior members do a pants-less run across the field and perform the rest of the halftime show without pants.[4]

Song repertoireEdit

The song repertoire consists primarily of TV and movie theme music as well as some classic rock, though new additions are constantly being added by students. Some of the band's favorite songs include:


  1. ^ https://hop.dartmouth.edu/online/dartmouth_college_marching_band
  2. ^ "DCMB - Schedule". dcmb.dartmouth.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  3. ^ a b "DCMB - Directorate". dcmb.dartmouth.edu. Retrieved 2018-08-20.
  4. ^ https://www.vnews.com/Dartmouth-football-vs-Sacred-Heart-20857394. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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