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The Columbia University fanfare votes to disband after 116 years

The Columbia University fanfare has claimed to have split up after 116 years and declared itself irretrievably rooted in racism and oppression.

Following a vote on Saturday, the leadership of the band known as the Bored released a statement saying it has “ maintained a club structure based on racism, cultural oppression, misogyny and sexual harassment. ”

The band has decided unanimously and enthusiastically to disband. The Columbia University Marching Band will not survive in any capacity and will no longer serve as a Columbia spirit group, ” the statement added.

“The band understands that for many the damage sustained by the CUMB may be irreparable, and the band will neither ask nor expect forgiveness,” the group said.

The Columbia University fanfare has claimed to have split up after 116 years and declared itself irretrievably rooted in racism and oppression. Above, band members can be seen on campus

The Columbia University fanfare has claimed to have split up after 116 years and declared itself irretrievably rooted in racism and oppression. Above, band members can be seen on campus

Following a vote on Saturday, the leadership of the band known as the Bored released a statement saying it has `` maintained a club structure based on racism, cultural oppression, misogyny and sexual harassment. '' Above, a member can be seen in an undated photo

Following a vote on Saturday, the leadership of the band known as the Bored released a statement saying it has `` maintained a club structure based on racism, cultural oppression, misogyny and sexual harassment. '' Above, a member can be seen in an undated photo

Following a vote on Saturday, the leadership of the band known as the Bored released a statement saying it has “ maintained a club structure based on racism, cultural oppression, misogyny and sexual harassment. ” Above, a member can be seen in an undated photo

The statement did not address any specific allegations against the group, which is known for its history of obnoxious pranks and long conflicts with school administrators.

However, the decision followed a letter to the Bored from five current and former members, calling for the group’s disbandment due to alleged traditions of misconduct, said The Columbia Spectator, a student newspaper.

In a statement, Columbia University executives said, “We respect the efforts of the band’s student leadership to deal seriously with recent reports of abusive and unacceptable behavior that is completely contrary to our university’s values.”

The Columbia fanfare called itself ‘the smartest band in the world’ and claimed to have pioneered the ‘scramble band’ format.

Scramble bands rush to formations and play in place, instead of playing while marching to the configuration, reducing the practice demands of the Ivy League students.

Columbia University marching band entertains tax returns and others outside New York's James A. Farley Main Post Office shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Columbia University marching band entertains tax returns and others outside New York's James A. Farley Main Post Office shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Columbia University marching band entertains tax returns and others outside New York’s James A. Farley Main Post Office shortly before midnight on Tuesday, April 15, 2008

“The band understands that for many the damage sustained by the CUMB may be irreparable, and the band will neither ask nor expect forgiveness,” said the group.

But the band has sparked controversy over the years, getting a permanent ban from performing at West Point in 1972 after performing what it called a ‘burning Cambodian village’ on the military college football field.

The brass band also got a 10-year ban from Fordham University in 2002 after the band joked during the pre-game show that Fordham’s tuition was “ going down like an altar boy. ”

After the Fordham ban was lifted, it was immediately restored and made indefinitely after Columbia’s fanfare produced posters referring to the death of Christians in the jaws of lions (Columbia’s mascot) in ancient Rome.

The band’s history is filled with other crude jokes and incidents.

Things came to a head last year with the administration of Colombia, after years of wrangling over the tradition of the band ‘Orgo Night’, in which they invaded the main library the night before the infamous Organic Chemistry final exam and a 45-minute show of music. and deviant sketches.

The band, seen above upon returning home in 2014, was banned from all university athletic events last year after clashing with administrators over 'Orgo Night'

The band, seen above upon returning home in 2014, was banned from all university athletic events last year after clashing with administrators over 'Orgo Night'

The band, seen above upon returning home in 2014, was banned from all university athletic events last year after clashing with administrators over ‘Orgo Night’

Columbia University Marching Band members protest in front of Hilton Midtown, where Donald Trump held a rally on Election Day, November 8, 2016 in New York City

Columbia University Marching Band members protest in front of Hilton Midtown, where Donald Trump held a rally on Election Day, November 8, 2016 in New York City

Columbia University Marching Band members protest in front of Hilton Midtown, where Donald Trump held a rally on Election Day, November 8, 2016 in New York City

Administrators banned Orgo Night in 2016 because it was distracting and ‘triggering’ for students studying for final exams.

But the fanfare persisted, sneaking into the library the following year, provoking the anger of the administrators. Last fall, the school withdrew funding for the brass band and officially banned it from performing at athletic events.

In their statement on Saturday, the Bored wrote that its members “ultimately feel that it is impossible to reform an organization so grounded in preconceptions about culture and traditions.”

“The current band hopes that the band’s dissolution will provide relief from the current suffering of the Columbia community and will have time to heal from the decades of damage caused by this organization,” the group said.

“We also hope that the dissolution of the CUMB can create a space that will allow for the formation of a new spirit group that will provide students with a safe and inclusive outlet to play music in Columbia,” the Bored wrote in a statement.

Full statement from the Columbia University Marching Band on the dissolution

On Saturday, September 12, the Columbia University Marching Band held a town hall to discuss numerous anonymous reports and allegations of sexual misconduct, assault, theft, racism, and injury to individuals and the Columbia community as a whole. The gathering had more than twenty band members, all of whom expressed enormous displeasure with the organization and the damage it has caused to our members and the wider Columbia community. The current band tries to take responsibility for damage directly caused by current band members as well as injuries that occurred at other times in the band’s history.

The band has decided unanimously and enthusiastically to disband. The Columbia University Marching Band will not survive in any capacity and will no longer serve as a Columbia spirit group.

Columbia University’s Marching Band apologizes for the insults and injuries victims have suffered as a result of actions committed on its behalf. The band has maintained a club structure based on racism, cultural oppression, misogyny and sexual harassment. While significant efforts have been made in recent years to undo decades of misconduct, we as a band ultimately believe that it is impossible to reform an organization so grounded in prejudice about culture and traditions.

The Band understands that for many the damage sustained by the CUMB may be irreparable, and the Band will neither ask nor expect forgiveness. The current band hopes that the band’s dissolution will bring relief to the current suffering of the Columbia community and have time to heal from the decades of damage caused by this organization. We also hope that the dissolution of the CUMB can create a space that will allow the formation of a new spirit group that will provide a safe and inclusive outlet for students to play music in Columbia.

The band will issue a full statement in the coming days with a more thorough apology and logistics surrounding our disbandment.

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