Stanford Banned From Away Games


The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) has found itself in hot water once again, after a university investigation resulted in a one-year travel ban and other sanctions.

The band will not be allowed to travel and perform at any away athletic events—including post-season games; however, certain (non-specified) “non-athletic” events will still be attended. In addition, the band will not be allowed to host any events involving alcohol on campus, and internal, band-only events will be monitored and adjusted as well.

The investigation began following complaints lodged with the university regarding the band’s conduct from 2012 to 2015. The findings concluded that the band violated university policies regarding illegal substances, alcohol, hazing and harassment.

The current allegations focused primarily on the 2011 to 2012 school year, according to the LSJUMB, and the investigation noted that band leadership had made many improvements in the band’s culture and accountability in recent years.

“There are aspects of Band culture which are no longer in line with our values, and we accept that, despite tremendous growth, we have further to go,” according to a statement issued by the LSJUMB, as reported by The Stanford Daily.

The Stanford band’s humor-filled marching shows and eccentric personality have brought controversy in the past.

“We hope the band will use this outcome as a positive platform for further strengthening its culture and ensuring the band’s vibrancy and good stewardship in the years ahead,” said Deborah Golder, associate vice provost and dean of residential education, in a university-issued statement.—JJK

Photo courtesy of http://web.stanford.edu/group/lsjumb/.

About the author

Joel King

Joel J. King is an editorial intern at Halftime Magazine. He is a senior at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa seeking a degree in magazine journalism. He marched trumpet with the Howell L. Watkins Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for a year and Palm Beach Gardens High School for four years as the high brass section leader. He has also marched mellophone and trumpet with the USF Herd of Thunder for a year each.

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