Saturday, August 05, 2006

World's wildest marching band?

It's one thing when Led Zeppelin trashes a hotel room. It's another when a college marching band lays waste to its temporary on-campus digs.

But that's apparently the kind of crazy outfit that the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band is. Authorities say between $30,000 and $50,000 worth of damage was done to the "Band Shak," a trailer that served as the group's office.

The facts of who destroyed the place -- and why, and whether the trailer was even habitable when the band took over -- remain to be seen, despite the San Francisco Chronicle's damning story. But, man, I wanna party with those guys. Kinda.

P.S. Where did the Chron dig up this johnny-no-fun Stanford alum?

"They've always had a reputation for a being a bunch of alcoholics -- they all get drunk and start breaking things," said Russ Berman, who graduated in 1997 and lives in Mountain View. "I'm all for partying, having fun, but there comes a point where you go a little too far. People should pay for their actions."


Anonymous Chris said...

When I was in the Band (playing accordion), the building we inhabited was such a god-forsaken hole that we could pretty much do anything we wanted to it (and did). The university didn't even care that we were cutting VW Beetles in half and putting them on top of lockers, or dragging a Viking ship across campus and setting fire to it in Lake Lagunita.

I think TDA and the LSJUMB would get along swimmingly. Perhaps they could do a joint gig in Russ Berman's driveway...

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