SPEAKER 1: This is a production of Cornell University.
[MUSIC - BIG RED BAND, "FIGHT SONG"]
AUDIENCE: (SINGING) Give my regards to Davy. Remember me to Teefy Crane. Tell all the pikers on the hill that I'll be back. I'll be back again. Tell them of how I busted. Lapping up the high, high ball. We'll all have drinks at Theodore Zinck's, when I get back next fall.
SPEAKER 2: Did you get the cheerleaders? All right. I got it.
SPEAKER 3: I love you.
SPEAKER 4: 1, 2, 1.
[MUSIC - BIG RED BAND, "MY OLD CORNELL"]
AUDIENCE: (SINGING) Oh, I want to go back to the old days, those good old days on the hill. Back to my Cornell, for that's where they all yell. Cornell, I yell, Cornell! Cornell! Far above Cayuga's waters, I hear those chiming bells. Oh, I'm longing and yearning, and always returning to my old Cornell.
SPEAKER 5: Go, Cornell!
SPEAKER 4: 1, 2, 2, 2.
[MUSIC - BIG RED BAND, "NEW CORNELL FIGHT SONG"]
AUDIENCE: (SINGING) C-O-R-N-E double L. Win the game and then ring a bell, ding. What's the big intrigue? We're the best in the Ivy Leage. Rah! Rah! Rah! Score the points. That puts us ahead. Knock 'em dead, Big Red! 1, 2, 3, 4, who are we for? Can't you tell? Old Cornell.
SPEAKER 6: I want you to meet our newest Cornellian, and the one who will greet you for the rest of the evening. Our first grand marshall for [INAUDIBLE], David James Thornton.
From my brother, from me, from Penny, from my dad, but most of all, from the Big Red Band, an official and very rare hat.
And I'm not going up another step.
SPEAKER 7: Really good in the rain, David.
AUDIENCE: (CHANTING) D-Skort! D-Skort!
DAVID THORNTON: Hello!
Hey, let's hear it for the Big Red Band!
It's a big honor for my wife, Robin, over here, and me to be a part of Cornell. Robin!
It's a big honor to be here with the Katz', and I know that Sy is here with us tonight, too. For the Katz family!
It's wonderful to be here with all of you and to feel this Big Red spirit all over New York City. Tonight, we're celebrating this wonderful, wonderful tradition. I want, one more time, to give a thank you to Alice Katz Berglas and Penny Kaitkin.
I want to finish up with the real conductor coming up, the drum major. Can we have just a moment for the drum major?
And we're going to dedicate the last song to one of the youngsters from the class of '31, Bill Vaneman. I'm going to go down to the rest of you.
BILL VANEMAN: Why I yell Cornell!
SPEAKER 4: 1, 2, 3, 4.
[MUSIC - BIG RED BAND, "ALMA MATER"]
AUDIENCE: (SINGING) Lift the chorus, speed it onward. Loud her praises tell. Hail to thee, our alma mater! Hail, all hail, Cornell! Far above the busy humming of the bustling town, reared against the arch of heaven, looks she proudly down. Lift the chorus, speed it onward. Loud her praises tell. Hail to thee, our alma mater! Hail, all hail, Cornell!
[MUSIC - BIG RED BAND, "EVENING SONG"]
(SINGING) When the sun fades far away, in the crimson of the west. And the voices of the day, murmur low and sink to rest. Music with the twilight falls o'er the dreaming lake and dell. 'Tis an echo of the walls of our own, our fair Cornell. Welcome night and welcome rest, fading music fair thee well. Joy to all, we love the best. Love to thee, our fair Cornell. Music with the twilight falls o'er the dreaming lake an dell. 'Tis an echo from the walls of our own, our fair Cornell. Hey!
SPEAKER 8: How was it?
BILL VANEMAN: Oh, it was wonderful! Bigger than I've ever seen or heard. Magnificent and a great tribute to Sy Katz's idea. That is the most thrilling part about it, to have this Cornell tradition that he started it. And it lasted from '31.
SPEAKER 8: Thank you.
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Flanked by cheerleaders, baton-twirlers and a sea of about 500 red-clad alumni, the Big Red Marching Band makes its biennial post-Columbia football game pilgrimage down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.