These are excerpts from the history book put together for the band’s 25th Anniversary in 1991.
University of Waterloo Courier
No offence intended
“During that … 1966 season, math student Dave Greenberg started up the Warriors Band in order to get into the games for free. “One time we were playing and it started to rain,” he recalls. “We decided to stay around and play some cheers. That turned the crowd around, and the team noticed. The Lettermen offered to get us some uniforms. We started saying, hey, there’s money there, what can we spend it on? So we bought the big bass drum.” From that point on, the Carling Red Cap Hymn became a fixture at UW games.”
Friday, January 27, 1967
Fan support at the hockey games has dropped off at the last two games but those fans attending the games are to be commended. With the aid of the Warrior band, a tradition has been started. Don’t know what it is? Well then attend the next Warrior game and find out!
Guide to Student Activities, p. 21
“The Warriors Band is a hard-living, hard-loving, soft-drinking group of dedicated musicians committed to rally school spirit at football, and hockey games, etc., at home and away. The group’s members can be seen around campus in their yellow W-B sweaters shrieking their rallying cry, “Guard the Bass Drum!” or “Practice?–What’s That?”. Good musicianship is not a necessary quality.
Further information may be obtained from David Greenberg, 83 Marshall S., Waterloo, 745-1855, or Carnegie Hall.”
October 27, 1967
“The Warrior’s band has had plenty of opportunity to learn the school song at the last few games. They have established such all-time favourites as ‘The Death March’ and ‘Red Cap Forever’. “The band is currently trying to bring ‘Yellow Bird’ up to its well-established level of incompetence as a Homecoming present to the Lutheran Golden Hawks,” said David Greenberg, chief centurion of the band. “We don’t want to add marching to our already impressive list of failures and decided to put a float in the Homecoming parade,” he continued.”
March 8, 1968
An ACE weekend, notes, quotes and blurbs
“(The) Warriors band wisely took over the ice between periods along with the cheerbroads and assorted hangerson…Toronto’s Godiva band might as well retire off their chamber-like performance at the game.”
Archie Bolson, Chevron Reporter
We had a request from Queens University for our school song since the football team was playing there in a couple of weeks. They informed us that their song was sung to the tune of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. The letter was addressed to the University of Waterloo WINDSOR Ontario, which called for a proper response. I sent the following response (as well as I can remember it) along with the original (Pre Steve Hayman) arrangement of our school song.
“To whom if just might perhaps possibly concern:
I am sorry for taking so long to respond to your request, but your letter was addressed to the University of Waterloo in Windsor Ontario. The University of Waterloo is in Waterloo Ontario. The University of Windsor is in Windsor Ontario. For a better explanation of this please attend Map Reading 265, a second year Arts course here at Waterloo. The school song you suggested in enclosed. You will notice that it is arranged for a skeleton crew, with the B flat instruments playing from the same 3 parts, the bass clef instruments playing from a single part, etc. There is no percussion part; they always play whatever the hell they want anyway. I do not know the tune you say Queens’ uses for a school song, but should the need arise for us to play it (should Queens score a point) [note: we were clobbered, we might have scored 1 point, but not much more], we will send our bass drummer over to listen to the tune and we will pick it up from him. I look forward to the game.
Yours etc, and redundantly so on.
Chief Centurion Warriors Band”
We arrived in Queens and after playing a song or two, we were warmly greeted by a band member who in spite of having heard us and seen us, invited us to play half of the half time show. We did this, up to our usual standard complete with Carling’s Red Cap Beer Flag and a portable toilet (which was used to carry the music). Six years or so later, when my sister went to Queens to study music, the Band was still famous for the letter and the half time show.
Chief Centurion Emeritus
November 19, 1968
Dear Hard-Studying Warriors Band Member,
The Creative Art Board is considering bringing in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and putting it in the new Gymnasium. Since we are going out to the game Friday, and since we are almost a reasonable facsimile of music, I volunteered us for this job on the understanding that this is our sole contribution to culture for a long time.
While in the gym somebody will take our picture for Posterity.
Our inimitable Chief Percussionist, Scott, has somehow arranged it so that if we provide CHYM with a tape (of us), they will play it (and we don’t have to pay them anything!!)
The fans, the cheerleaders, the hockey team and numerous coaches have been screaming for our presence at hockey games, (even to the point of letting us play O Canada).
As previously noted, this in all probability will be our last outing before January, your presence is respectfully (but mandatorily) requested.
Yours with Christmas Cheer,
Chief Centurion of Warriors Band
December 9, 1968
Dear Cherished Warriors Band Member:
I hope you’ve been listening to CHYM where honourary member Brian (Cuddles) Gillis has been playing fairly regularly our burnt offerings and musical sacrifices. Brian has offered to come out and play with us just as soon as his mother will let him out with his kazoo (Brian also gets copies of this letter).
For those wondering about what games we will be playing at next term, the new just revised policy is:
There will be one (1) “official” game per week (as you shall be informed by letter). If there are any other home games that week and you are planning on going, take your instrument and meet anybody else that is going 45 minutes before game time. We hope this way we will have somebody at every game, and will try to get at least one trumpet player and one drummer every time. For this, I have arranged to get Band Members season’s passes to hockey and basketball games.
Those people who are going out on work terms, or are changing addresses next term and who still want to receive these humorous, witty, and profound statements irregularly every week, should send the new address to ME c/o Creative Arts Department, University of Waterloo. Those wishing not to receive this senseless, mindless, sandbox trivia can best do it by changing addresses and not telling me.
Looking back on the past season, we can be proud that we have the most unique half-time non-show in existence. It seems that we are the cause of the new movement to have the Stripper replace O Canada. The results of the Playboy Jazz Poll will be known when the February issue of Playboy come out (which you all know is in January).
So until next year (The Chinese year of the Warrior) –
COOL YULE AND HAPPY CHANUKAH,
Chief Centurion Warriors Band
January 6th, 1969
Dear Still Recovering from New Year’s Eve Warrior Band Member:
Please look around for –
- New Members
Your peerless leader,
Chief Centurion of Warriors Band
January 13, 1969
Dear Bubbling, Epervescent, Exuberant, Enthusiastic Warriors Band Member:
SMILE! This Wednesday (January 15th) University of Waterloo verses University of Toronto in hockey, or more important, the Warriors Band verses the Lady Godiva Memorial Band for the best organized non-organized, nonmusical, nonsensical band.
All people in the band who are coming and have cars please be prepared to drive, then we can pick out the cars most likely to survive the trip, and put 17 people and one tuba in each and go. (Seriously, all cars are needed).
So until Wednesday I’ll leave you considering my latest risque math book Tropic of Calculus.
Chief Centurion, Warriors Band
P.S. Due to the efforts of Trumpeter Christopher Moon, we are organizing a Pep Rally Sock Hop to be held after the Western B-Ball Game Saturday, January 25th.
P.P.S. Don’t plan too much for the week of February 2 – 8. There is a high probability we will all be in FASS Night (similar to the probability that it will be windy in Waterloo on a given day).
January 21, 1969
Dear Exuberant Warriors Band Member,
ONE HARVEY’S AT JARVIS AND
WELLESLEY OR CAROLYN STICKNEY’S HIDE.
This week is international “Have a Pep Rally and Soque Hoppe in the New Gymn on Saturday, January 25th” week.
January 25th, Saturday
Meet at 7:00 for practice with Cheerleaders
Pep Rally starts at 8:00 pm
Soque Hoppe starts right after the game
Your presence and help are desperately needed throughout the night.
Chief Centurion of Warriors Band
University of Waterloo
P.S. A strong protest is being sent to Playboy for excluding us from their Jazz Poll.
January 27, 1969
Dear Almost-Ready-for-the-next-T.O.-game Warriors Band Member,
The University of Toronto Blues are here for hockey on Wednesday, January 29th and some people are already in the Waterloo Arena to make sure we get a seat!
We should get there early –
a) To get seats
b) Because we will have the biggest captive audience forced to listen to us for the longest time ever.
Your furorless furer,
Chief Centurion Warriors Band
February 3, 1969 (?)
Guess Whose private secretary is sick. Ths lttr wll b shrt!
The pple invlvd wth FASS are
There are (two) 2 games that the rest of the band should go to. D.C.C.S.C.B. Pete Huck will be in charge.
They are Guelph Hockey Friday Meet 7:45
Mac B-Ball Sat. Meet 7:45
Yours until the next time
P.S. Don’t be too surprised when your fascist furer runs for commie council this term!
February 10, 1969 (?)
Dear Ex-salted Warriors Band Member
Friday Feb. 14 we’ve been invited to play at a dance (the 2 – 20 minute breaks between the sets of a regular band) (You can bring a date free of charge)
P.S. After spending $2.50 on a campain I was overwhelmingly acclaimed and am now a member of council for 6970.
February 14, 1969
Dear Travelling W.B. Member:
Further details on last week of home play:
Wednesday, February 19. All cars are needed.
5:30 Meet at the people’s practise pad.
6:00 Leave for T.O.
7:45 Meet outside at Bloor entrance (those that don’t have tickets)
8:00 Game time.
10:30 or so – after game we will go some place (not Harvey’s at Jarvis and Wellesley)
N.B. There is much music out, anyone having or knowing the whereabouts of any folders or books please get them in P.D.Q.
A little note about hockey playoffs. They are February 28 evening and March 1 in Toronto not Montreal as first thought. Anybody whose home is in T.O. is asked to request to his parents or guardian that they (he or she) put up a finite number of W.B. members (35 or less) for the Friday night, February 28. They (he/she) are not expected to provide any meals and band members will supply their own (security) blankets (and pacifiers) if requested to do so in a nice tone of voice.
Again all cars, busses and bicycles will be needed for what is annually the biggest W.B. excursion of the season.
PLAN AHEAD! Buy Victory bonds!
Until we next encounter one another
I remain yours without music.
Chief Centurion W.B.
P.S. Get music back soon.
February 25, 1969
Dear W-B Member:
As the sunset falls on another sunny succulent season of the glorious people’s band, we must keep in mind that the climax has yet to come.
Detail 1. Look around for signs of a pep rally dance at the Village, if there is one, we shall play at it. Meet at 8:00 P.M.
Detail 2. Schedule for T.O.
Meat at 3:30
Leive at 4:01
Pleigh at 6:03 (Meet at 5:45 or sooner outside)
All cars wanted and loved.
Bring your own blankets or sleeping bag.
We will decide on Thursday March 2 what we will officially open (close) in T.O. on Saturday.
- The Society of Malicious Musical Masochists (The Athletic Dept.) has asked that we perform in the final two games of the Canadian B.Ball championships and play half time shows then. This is Saturday, March 8. Meet at 7:00 (We even get to play O Canada.)
You should soon receive invitations to the Athletic Banquet on March 11, we usually go at combatants rates and as for everybody, a date costs money. More details later.
Come to Toronto.
March 4, 1969
Dear Almost Finished But Definitely Not Quite Warriors Band Member:
Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. is A.A. banquet (Athletic Awards). We are among the few people who get in free. You should get an invitation from the athletic department to go down and pick up your ticket in the P.E. building. Dress is suits (dresses) and helmet (wear shoes). Meet at 5:45 p.m. since we must drive to the Breslau hotel to get organized.
It has been noted that I am the head of Waterloo’s longest lasting (3 years) dictatorship, (having never called an election). Since in 69-70 I may do something stupid like graduate and leave I feel that we should do something to set up some sort of constitution or charter or manifest to ensure that the people of Waterloo suffer forever the abuses to music made by the W.B.
After Saturday’s B.Ball games we should all go to Frostop and have a general meeting and discuss hits. I shall be around next year, but should probably play a reduced part due to my responsibilities (irresponsibilities) of Vice President of Federation of Students.
Yours probably forever,
David A. Greenberg
Chief Centurion-Warriors Band
Dear Glorious Warriors Band Member:
I hope that none of you have practised over the summer – so that we can reach the depths of musical depression that we achieved late last year by early this fall.
This year we shall be trying something new: when you report this fall, please have clear in your mind exactly which note you would like to specialize in. (typical bad grammar – typist’s note)
Out of our discussions last spring the Chief Centurion (and we all know who he is, don’t we?) has purchased himself a brand-new 1963 Econoline van (which proceeded to attack him and put him in the hospital for a week – typists’s note). This noble vehicle shall hereafter be referred to respectfully as the Peoples’ Band’s Van.
Enclosed (hopefully) you shall find a schedule for the coming season. Please note that, except for early exhibition games, all games are easily accessible to the glorious (?) Peoples’ Band and thus we can express our musical malcontent over a wider area than ever before.
Chief Centurion of Warriors Band
(Bandus Universitatis Horribilisimus)
Cherished Old and New Warriors Band Members.
Welcome (back) to Canada’s largest society of Musical Agnostics. Armed with our rallying cries:
a) Guard the Bass Drum
B) Practise! What’s that?
III) Clean mind, Clean body – take your pick
4) This band will self-destruct in 14 bars of any song you want to name –
(Recently changed to – this band will self-destruct in any 14 songs in any bar you want to name)
We shall continue with our task of promoting tone deafness and stamping out rhythm methods the world over.
Be prepared to attend all football games, home and away, the attendance rule being, anybody not at 1/2 the preceding games must pay for his/her/other’s ticket as well as suffer the traditional penalty (death).
Anybody knowing the whereabouts of any of our black music folios should immediately contact J. Edgar Hoover, the campus cops, Ann Landers and/or possibly get them returned to the W.B. all-purpose music bag.
We’ll see you Monday.
Bandus Universitus Horribilissimus
September 30, 1969
To Whom it just might perhaps possibly concern:
You are cordially invited to join The Waterloo Musical Paraplegics (Warriors Band) in the annual non-playing of music at the Queens – Waterloo football game.
Meet at 12:30 AL 6.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 1969
Some veterans will remember the reception we received down in Queen’s last year, and no doubt Queens students will be looking for Band Souveniers (helmets, sweaters, Tubas, false teeth, etc.) when they arrive. Since helmets will be the main target, please follow these simple directions when putting on helmet.
- Place helmet on head.
Take helmet straps in left hand.
Insert in left ear & push through to right ear.
Tie in triple non-slipping knot.
Glue with all-weather cement.
If you follow these instructions, we will lose fewer helmets, but perhaps the odd head.
Please note that we are meeting early to avoid a hassle for our seats.
October 1, 1969
“HARK, “MUSICIANS” OF THE WARRIOR BAND”
The greatest leader of the “Society For Tasteless Music”, D.G., and I are placing a call (trumpet) to all the faithful of the “Peoples Band”, to combine one night a week to produce amongst us all “The Sounds of Music”.
The cast of this Academy Award winning production will be without Julie, that is “Mary Poppins” and her six or seven kids, but will be replaced by Alfred Kunz, the “Rogers & Hammerstein” of Waterloo. This production needs a cast of French Horns, Clarinets, Saxes, Trumpets, Basses, Baritones (and Euphs), Flutes, Drummers, exotic instruments, and finally musicians to be the backstage helpers to the above soloists.
The GREAT HAPPENING will be occurring weekly, every Wednesday night, in Arts Lecture 6, music rehearsal room, at 5:30 to 7:00. If all of us participate, a Concert Band will be born, a band of which each of us, and Waterloo, can be proud.
P.S. D.G., that is David Greenberg, has promised to relinquish the death penalty, or what is worse, has promised not to kick out any “practising” Warriors Band member who joins this great “undertaking.” Either way we lose? Hope to see you all next Wednesday, Oct. 8th.
October 6, 1969
Dear Frustrated W.B. Member:
Once again, National “Lets go home to Mother week-end” is at hand. Yet on Saturday, October 11th, McMaster is here. Anybody in the near vicinity of Waterloo is requested to meet in AL-6, at 12:45, so we can go out and play with ourselves, contemplate navels, and follow other worthwhile pursuits.
Be ready to travel to Western on the 18th.
Oct 15, 1969
Dear (Bleep) W.B. Member
After my last (bleep) effort, my private Secretary has threatened to censor these (bleep-bleep) letters.
This Saturday is (bleep) of Western Ontario Homecoming. The suggestion has been made – and agreed upon, that we crash their (bleep) homecoming parade. Our flying (bleep) march formation has not yet been finalized, but the Chief Centurion will ride in the Van while everybody else walks.
- MEET AT 8:30 A.M. – AL-6 * * *
We will try to leave by 9:00 A.M.
Rumour has it the Parade starts at 10:30 A.M.
Just remember to (bleep) and keep (bleep) or we will probably lose our (bleep-bleep) and not be able to (bleep?)
Chief Centurion of The Warrior Band
October 20, 1969
Dear Warriors Band Member:
Having successfully introduced ourselves to U.W.O. and the land of John Robarts, we now venture to Hamilton and McMaster University.
McMaster is the strangest University we’ve ever encountered, last year they invited us to play a half time show after they heard us play.
Warning – Nov. 1st is Homecoming – attendance rule (ie. all people not at 50% of this years games since joining, must pay $1.00 for ticket) will be in effect.
November 3, 1969
Hear Ye, Hear Yee, Here Hei:
Ye laste footballe game of Ye Seasone is on Ye Saturdaye Nov. 8e.
Meete at 12:45 P.M. – Ae Le 6e
After Ye Game shalle be a meetinge to decide on howe we shalle attende Ye Olde Basketballe and Ye Older Ice Hockey Games ande possible other occasiones. Also on Ye Agendea shalle be Ye future Powere Structure of Ye Warriors Band.
Be ye Forewarned thate on Ye Mondaye Nov. 17e Alle campus musique groupes are invited to Ye Concordia Clube for songe, Dance and Biere. We shall probably play a bier commercial or two, then try to upholde ye level of inebriation indicated by oure Sounde.
PLEASE DO KNOTTE MISSE SATURDAY!
Chiefe Centurione of Ye Warriors Bande
November 11, 1969
Dear exuberantest W.B. Member:
MINUTES OF MEETING HELD NOV. 8TH AT SEAGRAM STADIUM
— Hockey is more better than basketball
— Once a week is more better than oftener
— Fass Night is coming
— A method to replace the present dictator, who rules by divine right, has yet to be established but the changeover should take place by the winter term. (Assassination as a means of change has been vetoed.)
November 17, 1969
Dear W.B. Member:
There will be no letter this week. Please see last weeks letter.
P.S. Last week’s letter said meet at 7:15 (1915 hrs.) Thursday, Nov. 20th at AL-6 for Lutheran B.Ball Game.
Membeurs de Band Warriors Cheres
Dans un effort pour increase le bilingualism de notre band, cette lettere est (presque) tout en francais.
Une Note de las Record, Kitchener – Waterloo de la vingt-neuf Novembre.
“Led By the University of Waterloo Band, 1435 fans cheered their team from the opening face-off”
Le plus important match de Hockey cette semestre.
Dec. 5 Less Bleus de U. of Torontoe
Pour cette game seulement nous avons assemblez a cinq heures et un quart (yes! 5:15) si nous desirons trouver un place pour nous assoir.
Aussi la grande meeting de Warriors Band est apres cette game.
Ne Skippe Pas,
David Le Greenberg,
Centurion Cheif de Band Warriors.
DEAR HANGOVER PRONE W.B. MEMBER –
If your address has changed since the last term, chances are you won’t get this letter, so send in your new address soon.
Enclosed please find one (1) copy of tentative winter schedule. Please place it somewhere you will see it and not lose it (like on your beer case). Separate reminders will be coming out sporadically.
This term the last game is the home T.O. game. If we are limited in tickets, then tickets will go to those who have attended the most games this term.
Finally, let me be the last person to wish you a very New Year.
January 20, 1970
Good Afternoon Mr. Warriors Band Member:
Your assignment this Saturday, January 24th, should you decide to accept, is to travel to Windsor, and help the Warriors win against the fiendishly foul and fabulous Windsor Lancers in Basketball. Leaving at 12:15 P.M. in the afternoon, and coming back after the game, is calculated precisely to allow dumb engineers a good part of the Weekend to Study Math 12-21. All automobiles are needed, gas and tickets shall be paid for (reimbursed for) out of our fabulous band fund. Should any member not come on this trip and be destroyed by a flash of lightening, we will of course deny all knowledge of his existence. This letter will immediately self destruct in the hands of anyone whose I.Q. is greater than 3.
January 20, 1970
We went to Windsor for a game which the Warriors won. After the game the coach ran immediately to the band and told us we were worth more than the margin of victory.
January 27, 1970
Dear W.B. Member:
The Up coming is Waterloos international hate and revenge weekend Ð Friday – We play Windsor Lancers (Hockey – here) Meet at 6:30 P.M. Saturday, we play in Western for B.Ball. Meet at 10:30 A.M. ALÐ6. The early time on Friday is so we can make another tape recording and give it to Brian Gillis so he could further depleat his listening audience. (from the 16 that were left after he started playing last year’s W.B. Recordings.)
Love Dave, C C W B
February 17, 1970
Dear W.B. Member:
Overheard at Saturday Night Fass intermission –
Shelly: Excuse me, are you somebody important?
Dr. Burt Matthews: I suppose you could say that.
Also to be decided Friday is the new Chief Centurion or the method procedure for picking him (soon!)
Yours extremely temporarily,
David A. Greenberg, 1st
Ed. Note: Dr. Burt Matthews was the president of UW.
February 23, 1970
Dear Just about at the end of the season but not quite because of the playoffs and Athletic Awards Banquet Warriors Band Member.
- Playoffs – Friday 9:00 and Saturday 8:00 (if we win)
Meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday (If you can’t make it that early call me)
All cars wanted (gas reimbursed).
All – all people with mothers (who live in Toronto) wanted.
Yours just about at the end of his term but not quite because of the playoff and the A.A. banquet.
C.C.W.B. (Pro Tem.)
February 27, 1970
B-ball coach says thanks
“As for the Warrior Band, I feel that it is one of Waterloo’s great trademarks. They help make the whole affair top notch. They probably help get the team up for game as much as anybody.
Visitors to our games always comment on the atmosphere in our gym, mainly created by the band.
Maybe next year we can get a bandstand under the clock for the band Ð a front and centre show!
Without your co-operation we could never have established the tradition at the beginning of ball games of standing until we got our first basket.”
Mike Lavelle, Basketball Coach
Dear played out W.B. member;
One last get together AL-6. Wed 6:30, (no instruments) – for the nostalgic presentation of a proclamation of honourary CC-W-BÐship. Service will be short so the 6:30 time is 6:30 not 6:30 +- 1 hour.
Get your Summer address to me c/o W-B Creative Arts.
Bring 50 cents to help pay if you have not (penalty death; of course). Leave Summer Weekend open (probably July 4 – 5).
David B. White
March 31st, 1970
Dear former subjects (and future predicates)…..
Thank you for the pencil holder – it’s just what I needed.
Enclosed you will find l (one) copy of W.B. report written in fluid prose and sharp point form.
One serious note (F#): Dave White will need every bit of co-operation that I got and more if the band is to continue. It took five years to produce the state of mental break down the former Chief Centurion now enjoys – be helpful:
Hatching hopefully this summer is W-B first annual reunion at summer weekend (July 11, 12) – get your summer address in to Dave White or the Creative Arts Box Office soon.
If anybody is in Ottawa this summer drop in at 72 Renfrew Avenue – and leave a note if no one is there.
Yours definitely finally,
Honourary C.C. of W.B.
September 22, 1970
Dear Cherished Old and dearly needed new Warrior Band Member:
The first meeting at full power (volume that is) (and what will be our second victory over silence) will occur on Saturday, September 26th at 12:30.
Meet in AL-6 (with musical instruments, ratchets and other implements of destruction.)
See you there:
Love – David B., C.C.W.B.
Dear fellow-up-the-creek-WB members,
Dave White, C.C. bless his perverted soul, was a bit on the slack side this week, so I must have needs take this pen in hand and attempt to spread this lovely, moving, heart-rending message:
- Football Game this Sat. Oct. 3, 2:00pm., at U. of Western Ont. in London, (Ontari-ari-O, natch); of course you already knew that being conscientious band member, at least you better, ’cause this letter hasn’t a hope of reaching you in time.
- Bring $1.50 for ticket since snobby ole Western is not nice place whom gives tickets to opponents. (Hopefully to also be reimbursed)
Most of all, BRING YOURSELF & INSTRUMENT (please)
Len (chief thumper)
Dear, mother has called home for annual go home to mother weekend, Warrior Band member;
I wish the W B members to take heart, for the Warriors seem to be on their way to becoming the defensive kings of the OQAA. They have had only 18 points scored against them. …
David B. White
Dear feeling lonely because you have not had one of these stupid letters in your mail box lately W.B. member.
The W.B. will meet at AL-6 at 11:00 A.M. October 24th for its annual assault on MacMaster (McMaster?). This coming Saturday.
We shall sneak up on the unsuspecting Mac students in every car we can muster (in other words if you have a car bring it) and loosen their eardrums in the usual manner – beating the H— out of our drums.
See you here, Love
David B. —–
Chief Centurion W.B.
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November 11, 1970
Dear frustrated by Football soon to be unfrustrated by B Ball & Hockey W B member:
ANNOUNCEMENT – pu-da! We will soon have our own room P.E. 2002 (its a telephone booth).
December 1, 1970
Dear Studious W.B. members and the other 99 and 44 one hundred percent of the Band:
The Band will Beattle down the Mainline to the frozen Ocean to make the sound of Rolling Stones falling off a Mountain. We shall again try to Iron out the Butterflies in our particular Carpentry of music.
Meet the rest of us Byrds in AL-6 at 7:00 December 4. We play Mac.
David B, M I C C W B Who?
Ed. Note: M I = most important
February 22, 1971
Dear W.B. member:
The Ottawa games will be at 9:00 Saturday night and 2:30 Sunday afternoon. We will be leaving Saturday, February 27th at 10:00 A.M. Meet in P.E. 2002 (maybe I had better start saying outside of P.E. 2002).
There will be a party and/or get-together for the purposes of Ð
- getting in the Mood (BYOB)
Electing a new MICCWB
and this party shall be at 8:00 on Friday, February 26 at
235 Erb S. W. Apt 108, Waterloo, Ontario Canada
My place, which ever place you wish to come to
Love from the party giver
P.S. Who is the next MICCWB going to be YOU!!
P.P.S. Yes B.J. & B.A. I will have Cherry Brandy
P.P.S. Bring your own sleeping bags or blankets (to Ottawa).
Dear Near the end of the year W.B. member:
Keep March 16th – 6:30 open as you will be expected to enjoy a meal in the Breslau Hotel at the Athletic banquet (probably free) (and most assuredly good.)
Be of Stout heart – sweaters might be ready by then.
PLEASE try to get into the Central Box Office in the Modern Languages Building to sign the note for the Ottawa weekend. This is a thank-you note to Dave Greenberg and etcetera people for their hospitality. Please look after this matter no later than MARCH 10th. (Ask for Joan or Sandy in the Central Box Office.)
I’m back from a great work term in the “ville de Quebec” ready to follow the Warriors Band in their efforts to “promote tone deafness and stamp out the rhythm method the world over.” WELCOME to all the new recruits…….. now to business.
Saturday, Sept. 18 at 12:30—-
Everyone meet at our room in the Blue South corner of the Athletic complex. For those without instruments we will have a special issue of new ones which may be used for this game.
Instruments may be rented (see price list) by seeing sweet Sandy Brown in the Cultural Programme Centre, Modern Languages building.
GET YOUR INSTRUMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE…….
delivery takes about 14 days.
Some of you more loyal members will soon be called upon to help paint our trailer which now allows us to get to more away games.
I’m including an olde band list to make sure that we have most of our members listed. Please report any corrections as soon as you can.
314 Lester S.
Tuesday, the 21st day of September in 1971
Dear fellow music ? makers and those frosh (Whom I will deal with later) who didn’t memorize the World Famous Warrior Band slogan,
The above quotation from me is to put us all into a happy and optimistic mood about our fearless Football Warriors. We will all take battle stations at 0815 on Saturday Morning, September 25th to do battle with the Gaels from Queens. We will assemble at Blue South in the Jock building. Our battle cry for the day will be:
“We are the greatest band in the World”
There are 30 tickets available for this trip. Unfortunately, due to a decreased budget (after buying our trailer) we are asking that each member pay a dollar toward the $1.50 ticket. We are also desperately in need of cars for the trip. Drivers will be paid gas mileage for the trip from our budget.
From my secret spies I am told that some of you frosh didn’t learn our slogan at the last football game. The guilty ones will all suffer the ultimate humiliation of being slapped across the wrist with a very wet noodle by our chief executioner, who will remain nameless. He strikes at any moment so be prepared. I am also told that the band sounded good and played in tune last Saturday. I hope that isn’t true. Hopefully we can improve on our image this Saturday.
love and kisses
Tuesday, Three days after another glorious victory
Dear members of the Warriors Football Secret Service:
We will all meet secretly, Friday Oct 8th at 1846 (6:46 p.m. for those who haven’t passed their 007 test) at Blue South a part of Uniwat’s Secret Service Building, to extend our winning streak to three games. Our secret service group “The Warriors Band” has successfully infiltrated enemy football teams with our particular brand of music and for some reason have upset the opposition. I wouldn’t know why.
Also keep in mind Saturday Morning, October 9th, we might crash the Oktoberfest Parade in Kitchener-Waterloo, if we have enough musicians?
Your Secret Service Agent
P.S. After you have read this report it will disintegrate in 5 seconds so MacMaster won’t find out about our plan and by now you should have burnt your hands.
P.S.S. If you have music return it!
Tuesday, Three days AFTER???
Dear Friends and Fellow Musicians:
It pains my heart and soul that one of our objectives in this spy world failed miserably last Saturday. I found out too late on shortwave that Super Spy 002 was disposed of and interrogated so much so that he became the conductor of the University of Western Ontario Concert Band and he advised me with the wrong information. (The “Old Grey mare” is their rally cry). Don’t worry our executioner is ready — with his wet noodles.
Now my hearty friends, Saturday is our Homecoming against our uptown ??? rivals from “Wuc, Wuc, Wuc, Wuc, Wuc,” the Yellow Bird’s rallying cry. We are partaking, in fact leading the parade, (I think someone has misinformed the parade commander of our musical abilities.) from Kitchener’s Victoria Park to Seagrams that Morning.
Tuesday, 4 days after
another SUPER VICTORY
Dear Super Spies:
We will meet at the Super Spy Building (Jock Building) at 1000 hours (10:00 a.m.) Sat. Oct. 16 to continue our super spy story. We have on good faith from our super agent 002 in London, that the Mustangs will become very sedate if we play the “old grey mare” for them. Thus our #2 theme song will be “the olde grey mare” for their homecoming.
Drivers again are desperately needed for the trip to London. Gas bills will be paid for by the Warriors Band if receipts are forwarded to Creative Arts Office by Wednesday of next week.
Your Super Spy (001)
who will be there in spirit and not in body,
January 13, 1972
Just after beating Western B.Ball
Dear “Warriors Band Member” and/or “trumpet player who was discovered by our spies”:
Pete’s lip is going and if we don’t get a few more trumpet players at the games, Patty will kill us.
This weekend has been declared “Founder’s Weekend.” That is Dave Greenberg CC (ret) and founder will be here. Let’s have a good band for him.
April 3, 1972
Dear Warrior Band Faithful:
As we draw to the end of another successful year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for keeping the Warrior Band alive & sounding “awful” this past year and hope we can all do a better job next year. John Rudy, who has done an excellent job of running the band when I wasn’t available will be our Warrior Band Chief for the next year. I hope all will give him the help and co-operation that I received this year.
love and kisses
Dear “Just having got back and anxious to get going” Warriors band member.
Now that you have gone through the hassles of registration and in the case of frosh, finding your way around, you should be ready for an afternoon of fun and relaxation.
The first performance of the great and glorious Warriors Band just happens to coincide with the afternoon. Therefore on Sat. Sept 16 we shall meet at Blue North in the phys. ed. building to cheer the football Warriors on to victory against Bishops. Meeting time is 1:00 PM (13:00 hrs for you military types)
Let’s make our first performance a good one. Remember our rallying cries.
“Guard the bass drum”, “This band stops at every 14th bar”, “Clean mind, clean body – take your choice,” and “Practice? what’s that?”
September 27, 1972
Dear Bus Riding Warriors Band Member
We have won two games in a row and on Sat. Sept 30 we have a chance to make it three. McMaster is in very rough shape. Six first string players are out with injuries including the entire starting backfield.
Because of lack of cars we will have to go by bus. Meet at Blue South one half hour before bus time (Buy your own ticket in advance. You will be reimbursed for 1/2 of the cost) Doug Young will be in charge of organizing. Give him your name to help insure reimbersment. If I am able I will be there to cheer the Warriors on to victory.
November 27, 1972
Dear “TV star” Warriors Band member:
After our great video triumph on Fri (Sat at 2:00 p.m. on channel 11). I hope we don’t become prima donnas. We came through loud and clear on the TV and at one point, the announcer even made good reference to us.
Memoirs of a Warriors Band Member 1973 – 1978
For those of you who don’t know or remember me, I attended the University of Waterloo from 1973 to 1976, graduating with a B.A., majoring in music. The most influential part of my education was the Warriors Band. It taught me to always be on time, to play my guts out and to save something for a possible overtime. I also learned the school song. I probably played it hundreds of times in the six years I participated in the band.
My first exposure was on a cool October afternoon at the home stadium down the street. The team lost, as I was to see them do most of the season, but the Warriors Band had a new member. I was grateful to find a place to have fun, meet people and take my mind off my studies. The members were interesting, different, and sometimes just plain loony. I fit in somewhere.
At that time Doug Young was the CCWB. He had a habit of sending out notices for the upcoming performances and having fun with our names (My letters came addressed to Joe Blow Belliveau. I don’t know what Canada Post thought of this.) He always signed “Hugs & Kisses, Doug”. That first year at school I was using a wheelchair to get around the campus, at least until the snow came. By January I had my first car and privileged parking, and most importantly a key for all the padlocks on campus. Thus I could access any chained off roadway on the University grounds, including the PAC. From then on my vehicle was the first choice for the band transportation. I almost always went to the away games, with three or four extra people and their instruments. Sometimes we managed to pack the small bass drum into the trunk.
After the typical basketball home game, it was off to the outlying pubs, at Bridgeport, S. Agatha, The Blue Moon, The Lancaster House, etc. We were almost always in a good mood as we usually won. The most memorable visit was to the bar at Bridgeport. We went into the live entertainment section, paid the cover charge and sat down at 2 or 3 tables to listen. The rock band was just ending their set, so we pulled out our kazoos and played a rousing version of the school song. We were great! The management disagreed, and informed us that we were too rowdy. We were cut off and told to leave. Doug insisted on seeing the manager himself, but to no avail. We had to leave peacefully or be thrown out forcefully. We walked out the front door, went around the corner to a side entrance into another quieter room in the same hotel. They served us and we were happy. Later that evening, a waiter from the other room saw us, recognized our yellow sweatshirts, and threatened to throw us out again. We appealed to our current waiter, who said we had caused no trouble, and had been good customers. We stayed, but with a grim warning. We never held an impromptu performance in a bar again.
In later years bar-hopping declined and we started going to Mothers Pizza after every home game. We could drink or eat or both. We had to tone down on our rowdiness, and while we did receive a couple of warnings for our behaviour, we generally had a good relationship with Mothers. We also frequented other pizza joints for meetings and after-game celebrations, but I cannot remember the specific names, as some of them went out of business (we had nothing to do with that).
Self promotion was important for the Warriors Band over the years. We were always looking for new members. An occasional ad would appear in the Gazette such as
“Warriors Band Concert Saturday night at 7:00p.m.
in the PAC. For your enjoyment, during intermission
a basketball game will be played.”
This showed everyone our attitude and great sense of humour. We also provided running jokes during the games for the fans and Public Service Announcements for the referees.
“The referee’s seeing eye dog has just been run over by a truck”
“We have an interview with the ref’s mother – Rouff!”
“Hey ref, if you had one more eye you’d be a Cyclops.”
Another series of jokes were Doctor, Doctor jokes.
“Doctor, Doctor, I broke my arm in 3 places.
Don’t go to those places!”
“Doctor, Doctor, it hurts when I do this.
Don’t do that!”
“Doctor, Doctor, I want another opinion.
Okay, you’re ugly too.”
Is it any wonder we had to recruit new members occasionally?
Being in the Warriors Band sometimes was a dangerous pastime, and always dangerous at out of town games. If our side was winning the game, the local fans would decide that our big bass drum was too noisy and should be removed. One hockey game in London was memorable when members of the junior football squad from Western made a concerted effort to steal our drum. A few punches were exchanged resulting in one member’s glasses being broken. But the Western Director of Athletics treated us well. He escorted us out of the building at the end of the game (where a few thugs were waiting for us), and paid for the glasses. We were lucky.
We had similar though less violent problems in Guelph, WLU, and Toronto. Occasionally it happened at the PAC when visiting fans would object to our presence behind their team bench. Or maybe they objected to our version of Mickey Mouse when their team came out. Or maybe they didn’t like our jokes. Maybe they were music critics with no taste. It was unfathomable to us.
It was impossible to be a member of the Warriors Band and not get caught up in the excitement of the games. When our team won we felt good for helping them along. I am not aware of what the band has done since 1978, but I remember the band attending one rugger game. The team was surprised to see us, and the few but loyal fans thought we came from Mars. I also witnessed 2 National Championship victories, basketball and hockey. We received gratitude from the Athletics Department and from the teams. After the hockey championship (in Toronto) we were invited to the team victory party back in Waterloo at the dressing rooms of the football stadium. Of course there was lots of beer, we played the school song and had a great time. During the mid-seventies, “streaking” was popular at the universities and colleges, and during the party a couple of mystery streakers joined the party. They wore only facemasks and hockey sticks. I believe they were members of the hockey team as nobody in the band would do anything like that. Honest.
I cannot finish this without mentioning the music itself. We played the school song and “Mickey Mouse” at every game. Other favourites were Oktoberfest songs such as “A Tavern in the Town” and “Lichtensteiner Polka.” Occasionally we tried a Sousa march (“The Liberty Bell”) or variations of our repertoire (“Mickey Minor”). We all made mistakes and still managed to have fun. Members had a variety of skills and experience, ranging from those who could only play the cymbals, to almost professional players who belonged to the musician’s union. The rest of us fell into a common category of musicians who enjoyed being part of a group with no practices, competition or commitment to be at every performance. I enjoyed it so much that after graduation I stayed a member as long as I lived in the area.
Memories From 1973 On
Many band members start with an interest in various sports, along with some musical ability. I thought the latter excluded me until I discovered that enthusiasm was more important. A good friend, Rick Devitt, invited me to join the band’s percussion section for the Naismith Classic in Nov 1973, and I began to enjoy Waterloo in a whole new way.
Naismith November 1973
The Naismith Classic has always been one of the highlights of the band’s year, and 1973 was no exception. Here I am as a rookie drummer, practising O CANADA for the first time ever, at the game on live TV! Fortunately things started to sound better as the Naismith progressed.
After the game we were invited to play at a formal event, yes the Warriors Band giving a CONCERT? This was no ordinary event, we were playing for beer! Some folks in Village II were holding a keg party and they offered us ALL THE BEER WE COULD DRINK if we played at their party. Doug Young, our Chief Centurion, accepted of course, and we all enjoyed ourselves. (Doug, Millie Tomakaro, Linda Key(nee Trimble), Linda Stinson, Rick Allen, Rick Large, Rick Devitt, Joe “Blow” Beliveau, Kelly, and a few others) This was when we discovered that we were too loud for Village I residents (while walking through), but not loud enough for Village II tastes.
The next evening of the Naismith, after the game we had a road trip out to Bridgeport and the infamous Grand Hotel. One of our members was celebrating her 21st birthday (Linda Stinson). When the hotel band finally took a break, we decided it was time for some good music. We started with the school song, on kazoos, then progressed to another favourite kazoo tune that she loved. Around this point Linda decided to dance on the table. This sounded like a good idea at the time, so we started to clear room on the table. Unfortunately, this was stopped before it got started. Our waiter was A MUSIC CRITIC. He had no appreciation for our kazoo talents, so he had us kicked out. We ended up finishing the evening in the attached bar, without the Country and Western band. I’m not sure if Linda ever did actually have the 21 beers that she originally planned for.
The lesson we learned, was to practice at the game in preparation for the party afterwards.
Windsor Basketball January 1974
One Friday afternoon our Chief Centurion (Doug Young) managed to convince Rick Large (he had a car, well not exactly, it was a VW beetle), and a friend of his (his parents lived in Windsor, so we could crash), and myself, to go for A ROAD TRIP. On Friday evening Rick’s friend gave us a grand tour of the Windsor bars. I remember there were a lot of bars he wouldn’t go in, because he had seen shootings, stabbings, mob ownership, etc.. He warned us that the ones he considered safe, had frequent brawls. This was a scary introduction to the greeting we experienced the next night at St Dennis Hall.
St Dennis Hall was a small gym, but they were able to crowd about 3000 hostile fans into it for a basketball game, especially when it was between current arch rivals Windsor and Waterloo. The place was so tightly packed that we could hardly move. We had no place in front of us for our instruments, and the neighbouring fans kept trying to steal our instruments, music, drumsticks, etc, right out of our hands. They even threatened facial renovations, if Waterloo won the game. The crowd became even more upset with us, when we started the game with our traditional beat. Unfortunately the Warriors remained scoreless for over two minutes. The crowd cheered when Waterloo finally scored, but I think it had more to do with us finally stopping the noise. The team said they appreciated us making the trip to such a hostile place, and we were almost relieved that they lost a very close game. I remember riding all the way back from Windsor with the snare drum on my lap, holding the seat back of the passenger seat forward. My frozen legs finally woke up when big Doug Young got out of the passenger seat at the rest stop.
London – Hockey February 1974
We went to a hockey game, and a fight broke out. About a dozen of the Western football players decided to claim a few souvenirs from the band. There were only ten of us including the girls, so we felt outnumbered. They tried to remove our Waterloo jackets, without undoing them first! Fortunately they had been drinking enough that they had lost their sense of balance, and we were able to pull and push them onto the wooden seat backs a few rows below. Fortunately the Western Athletic director happened along and the football players disappeared. After the game he ended up escorting us out the door to our cars, where the football players were waiting for us, until they saw the athletic director. He had us send a bill to the athletic department so they could pay for any broken items, such as Rick Allen’s broken glasses.
We managed to get two cars for the trip, but this meant Rick Allen’s Buick held the instruments, and about four passengers, while Rick Large’s VW Beetle had six passengers (The lightest person, Linda Stinson, had to stretch across the laps of the three in the back). The ride home was uncomfortable, because we had not been able to use the washroom since the first period! In the back of the unheated beetle, we were very crowded cold, and wet! When we finally got to the rest stop (just outside Kitchener), we discovered that the floor had been scooping up slush from the road, and burying our ankles in slush. Attendees other than the above included, Rick Devitt, Doug Young, Linda Key (nee Trimble), Joe Beliveau, etc.
Ottawa – OUAA Basketball Championships March 1974
Rick Devitt and I negotiated a seat for ourselves, and the big drum, on the team bus up to Ottawa. While we were standing waiting to board the bus, Carl Totzke suggested that it might be better if we rented a van and drove to the game with more of the band (he even said he MIGHT get us $50 to help with gas). That gave us less than 24 hours to find a van, and get ten people willing to share the costs. At first it didn’t look too good, we had given up guaranteed seats to the game but we couldn’t get a hold of any band members, and the only van I could get had no rear windows, and just the driver and single passenger seat. Finally we got Doug Young who emptied everything soft from his living room, (pillows, chesterfield cushions, mattresses, etc) into the back of the van. His roommate didn’t seem real happy about having nothing to sit on for the weekend! This helped make it bearable in the back, but then I wouldn’t know because I was driving. Eight people rode back there, playing cards, sleeping, etc., all the way to Ottawa.
The group included Linda Key (nee Trimble), Linda Stinson and her roommate Glynis, Rick Devitt and a friend from Guelph Marni, Doug Young, Charlotte Penrose (nee Morrison), myself, and two others.
As we prepared for the start of the game we noticed the TV cameras. Then we heard the announcer say the now frequent “All stand while the Warrior Band plays O CANADA”! Panic set in as we suddenly had to grab for music for this unexpected request, YES WE DO TAKE REQUESTS.
As the game progressed a few Waterloo fans started to move around us, even claiming they had found the Gym by the sounds of the band from across the U of O campus. Near the end of the game it was 10 PM and we still had not found a place to stay. Finally a couple CO-OP students invited us to a party at their house after the game. They didn’t know that we planned an all night party, including sleeping!
We all had a great time. The team won the OUAA tournament. Glynis eventually got engaged to one of the COOP students she meet there. And Carl Totzke even got us the money a few days later.
Toronto – Varsity Arena – CIAU Hockey Championships March 1974
This was the highlight of the year. I believe most of the above mentioned people attended, plus a few more. We were greeted at the parking lot by the CBC trying out a new portable video camera (it was still so big it had a shoulder pad to support its 40 pound weight, plus cables to another guy carrying the battery packs and video tape unit). They got us to play a few tunes in the parking lot for the camera. We always loved the chance to get on CBC nationwide TV!
We had many alumni show up for the game, it was great. The Warriors won the CIAU, of course, and Millie got the band invited to the team party at the Seagram Gym, back in Waterloo. The party was a lot of fun. The moment some remember was when one of the hockey players decided to STREAK the party. A secretary from the university went to perform a return STREAK with him, but they never returned. So much for equality.
Bishops – Lennoxville Quebec – Football Game September 1974
This trip include a group of band members jammed into the car for the 7 hour drive to Bishops. We won the prize for being “THE BEST BAND IN THE PREGAME PARADE”. They didn’t even care that we were the only band in the parade. They give real prizes in Quebec, a 24 of BRADOR beer. We even meet some Waterloo fans in the stands.
I transferred to Loyola University in Montreal before the next season, but return frequently for major events. While numerous notable events occurred over my subsequent visits, none could exceed the enjoyment we had in the 1973-74 Warriors band. It was all good fun and we would do it all over again.
My involvement with the Warriors Band was as “chief percussionist” in the years 1975 – 76 and 1976 – 77 and as treasurer during the latter year, despite knowing absolutely nothing about banging drums or financial matters. However, as we had no musical standards at all, and nextÐto-no money (things haven’t changed much, have they!), I was ideally suited for both roles.
You may wonder how I came to be involved with such an organization. I credit/blame my organic chemistry lab partner Ken Creech (Chief Centurion in 1975-76), who, in the winter of 1975 , invited me to attend the men’s hockey semi-final one Friday evening at Varsity arena. Unfortunately we lost to Toronto; in fact, the day was one big disaster after another. We were rushing to get through that afternoon’s lab session so that we could leave early for the game. But in our haste we broke a beaker, spilling at least half of its contents – the product of several weeks’ work – on the floor. Then, I somehow managed to break a glass rod and stick it up a finger instead of into the hole in the rubber stopper for which it was intended. Much blood and a few stitches later, we decided to call it a day before we could do any further damage. We deposited the bass drum in the trunk of Ken’s car and headed for Toronto expecting to catch up with the rest of the Band, which had set out earlier, at Varsity Arena. However, once we hit the 401, the weather turned nasty, traffic being slowed to a mere crawl by freezing rain. We got there between, I think, the second and third periods. The Band, distressed possibly by our late appearance and Waterloo’s failing fortunes on the ice, proceeded to have an argument, and almost everybody left in a huff.
Upon further reflection, however, perhaps it wasn’t such a disaster after all. While watching the end of the Waterloo-Toronto debacle and the next game (York beat Western), Ken and I discovered a common interest in puns, limericks and other verbal horseplay, and became good friends.
Biology, Bass Drum
CIAU Basketball Championships
There were not enough instruments to go around to the members. I was the junior member of the Bass Drum Corps. So, Millie did the honours during the game between Manitoba and Waterloo. I’ll never forget Phil Goggins and his corner jumper with 7 seconds left on the clock in what Brian Williams, who was broadcasting at that time from the People’s Gym, described as the most exciting basketball game he had ever witnessed. It was sheer ecstasy in witnessing history in the making. I can’t believe that it was over 16 year ago! What a comeback by the B-team in the last 5 minutes of that game!
Our first gig of the 1975 – 76 season was a football game at Seagram Stadium. Our opponents from Western Ontario brought with them a busload of instruments and band players in snazzy uniforms. By contrast, we numbered just four on this particular occasion, our advertisements in The Chevron for people to join the Warriors Band not yet having had the desired impact. We were also caught short in the sartorial- splendour department, our “uniforms” being three torn lab coats which I had borrowed from the Dean’s lab, and my orange ponchoraincoat. Those present for Waterloo, were Ken Creech on trumpet, Ken Fudurich on clarinet, Jim Snyder on snares, and me on bass drum.
We watched in awe, prior to the commencement of the game, as the Western band marched back and forth in front of the stands in precision formation, playing their hearts out. They were good. Darned good. They stopped in front of the centre of the stands, instruments poised, waiting only for the announcement asking all to rise for the playing of “O Canada”. But to everyone’s complete surprise, the announcer said WE were going to play it. While Ken and Ken scrambled to find the music, Jim and I played an overlong drum roll. We struggled through “O Canada” doing our best to fill the stadium with sound. At the end of it all, the predominately Waterloo-based crowd cheered wildly while a thoroughly disgusted Western band filed off the field.
At half time the Western band did another march-past following which they began to march around the track. Emboldened by our earlier moment of stardom, we sought once again to upstage their performance, setting out in hot pursuit behind them. When they reached the opposite side of the field, they turned and began marching towards the stands. We continued to march 20 paces behind them, and upon their reaching the stands, we halted in midfield and marched on the spot. They played well, and I’m sure expected polite applause acknowledging their performance. However, at the precise moment at which they stopped playing, one of our members Ð I’m not revealing who- turned suddenly away from the stands and promptly “mooned” all assembled. To this day I have no idea whether the tumultuous cheering which ensued was intended for us or for the Western band…
After that fateful football game, many more players joined the Warriors Band, helping us to make a considerably larger but infrequently-musical sound. The fondest memories of my last two years at Waterloo, are, of attending band practices (always held at games, never beforehand) and going for a pizza afterwards in the music room at the back of “Mother’s”. Joining the Warriors Band didn’t bring me any more good luck, just plenty of good times.
Biology, Bass Drum
The Warriors Basketball team had to go to Laurentian University in Sudbury to play in the OUAA Championships. I believe Windsor, Laurentian and Ottawa were in the tournament as well. A bunch of fans from Waterloo rented a nice luxury bus to go to Sudbury. There was about 45 of us on board. Ken Creech, myself and a friend of the band, Marshall, travelled with the fans. The three of us comprised the Warriors Band: Ken on trumpet, Marshall on the snare drum and myself on the Bass drum. We had booked a block of rooms at the Cardinal Motel in Sudbury. We occupied the first and second floors at one end of the motel. The University of Ottawa Gee-Gee’s basketball team occupied the other end with the “regular” guests in the middle! We stayed overnight on the Friday and travelled all night after the game on Saturday, arriving back in Waterloo early Sunday morning. But what a weekend! We had a victory party back at the motel on Friday night after we beat Windsor. I remember getting maybe 2 – 3 hours of sleep before we made the wake up call Saturday morning in the main hallway with the Warriors Fight Song. We ought to patent that for wake-up calls as people sure rushed into the hallway in a hurry. Maybe fire alarms too! Hmmmm!
On Saturday night in the championship game between Waterloo and Laurentian, the 45 of us made more noise than the 600 or 700 “fans” from Laurentian. Those northern folk are a quiet lot! Anyways, they did not have much to cheer about as Waterloo emerged victorious. We ended up having another victory party; this time on the bus back home. We even played the Warriors song in the bus; trumpet, snare drum, voices, and bass drum to boot. The bus driver loved it, as it kept him awake for the long trek home. The Basketball team declared that we were their “6th man” on the floor. We were glad about their appreciation. It was a fringe benefit and a “cherry on the sundae” in making that weekend one of the best I’ll remember for a long time.
Imprint: The Naismith Classic
“WARRIOR BAND – Experienced horn section. Inexperienced at drum but quantity and promising freshmen could strengthen band overall. Excellent on Warrior fight song and Mickey Mouse, but O Canada needs work.”
The Free Chevron: Still crazy after ten years
“The Warriors band celebrated the tenth anniversary of its founding, last weekend, at the Naismith classic.
Members from the past, numbering about 30, were on hand for the celebration. Past chief centurions in attendance included John Rudy and Dave Greenberg.
One of the past chiefs noted that the band is smaller than it was in some of the previous years. In reaction he wrote the following:
“Tired, lonely, run down, unpopular? – if not, you can be – JOIN THE WARRIOR’S BAND. The Warrior’s band is always looking for people willing to commit social suicide. If you are a musician looking for a group with a high musical standard, strict discipline and impeccable appearance – boy, have you got the wrong group.
If you have, or are willing to rent, a blunt musical instrument, and are interested in playing at any of the Warrior’s games, the Warrior’s band is the group of musical masochists for you.
Contact Mark Hagen at 634-5376 or Ken Creech at 743-8708 or just join the band at any game.
Remember – the Warrior’s band needs you.””
by Christopher Dufault
Tuesday, February 15, 1977
Kitchener – Waterloo Record
Sour Notes for Visitors: UW loves its brassy band
“Picture this scene. More than 5,000 basketball fans are jammed into the University of Waterloo Physical Activities Complex.
A deafening roar has just gone up as the Warriors’ basketball team strides onto the floor for the pre-game warmup.
Seconds later, the opposition team joins the Warriors on the court and is greeted by a boisterous musical version of the Mickey Mouse Club theme song.
In the world of university athletics, the Mickey Mouse theme is the ultimate putdown.
Although many coaches are reluctant to admit it, more than one visiting team has been intimidated by just such tactics.
The Waterloo Warriors band has struck again. As musical groups go, they’re certainly not as famous as the Champagne Music Makers, Milton Delugg’s band with a thug or the Mercey Brothers. But at athletic and nonathletics functions involving the University of Waterloo, the Warriors band is in a class by itself and has a notoriety all its own.
The sound the band produces can best be described as loud and at worst, just noisy. But, as the co-ed members of this year’s group quickly point out, they’ve been told they can be a factor in picking up the UW crowds and teams.”
by Bill Jones, Staff Writer
“One of the most interesting aspects of the (basketball game versus McMaster) game involved the fans. For a change the opposition sent a large contingent to a Warrior home game. A couple of hundred Mac fans came prepared with a sign and a fleet of cheerleaders. In the first half they tried to compete with the Warrior fan songs (such as “Gang Bang”, and the “Warriors Fight Song”), by yelling “Go Mac Go”. The Mac fans made the mistake of sitting in front of the Warrior Band. By the second half the Band, as well as the famous rhythmic clapping by the Warrior fans combined to make it hard for their cheerleaders to do their routines, let alone hear their own voices. In the end it was a victory in the stands as well as on the court for the Waterloo team.”
Football at Western
One of my clearest memories comes from a trip we made to Western for a football game. We rented a school bus, drove to London, and parked on a residential street in north London, for barbecued hot dogs with Steve Hayman’s parents. We then proceeded to J.W. Little Stadium for the “Battle of the Bands”. Western’s marching band was the enemy. They had lots of money, expensive uniforms, and they liked to march and play music at the same time. Throughout the first half we totally outplayed them. They seemed more concerned to “perform” periodically, while we were primarily concerned with cheering on our Warriors and annoying the Western crowd. When half-time arrived, the Western band assembled and proceeded to march around the field in a dignified manner, playing something impressive. So we decided to “march” with them. We piled on to the field, waved our instruments in the air, (most of us could not play and march at the same time), and ran toward them. When we collided, Western’s band was thrown into chaos. They stopped playing, stopped marching, and became generally confused. We continued on, right through them, while the pro-Western crowd cheered for us! As we left the field, a Western alumnus approached our fearless leader CCWB Steve Hayman with a cheque. To this day, I’m not sure if he was supporting our band or just giving us money to ensure that we left town!
I started in first year math in 1977. I didn’t join the band right off – I remember seeing some posters, and thinking “That looks stupid; I’m going to join the concert band”, which I did. I didn’t get to any football games, but I was talked into going to the first game of the Naismith. UW was playing Laurentian, and we walked in just as the game was starting, and a full house was on their feet and the band, on the other side, was roaring away.
What a surprise!
Like most people who stumble onto a Warriors game for the first time, I had no idea anything like that existed on campus!
I met a guy named Ken Fudurich, fourth-year engineer, and first clarinetist in the concert band. In January, the CBC (which used to show a University Game of the Week) had televised the Guelph at Waterloo game. I watched it at Renison, rather than walking the short distance to the PAC.
I recognized Ken in the WB on TV, he always wore a red plaid lumberjack coat, and at a concert band practice I mumbled something to him about maybe did the band need another trombone player? Ken mentioned that he was going to the basketball game at WLU after the practice, and why didn’t I come along. Actually I was kind of reluctant to do so, but he dragged me along anyway.
Ken wasn’t sure if people had left for the game yet, so we trekked over to the old office in PAC Blue South, which confused me very much as I thought the game was at Laurier. Eventually we walked down to Laurier, where the game had already started. Ken introduced me to CCWB Mark Hagen, clad in yellow sweatshirt and leather aviator’s helmet.
It certainly seemed like an odd group. I remember there was Mark and me on trombone, Ken and Sandy Sonstenes on clarinet, Mac Vomberg on Bass Drum, Jim Snyder on snare, and three of four girls that I sort of knew from Renison, who seemed to be holding but not playing various percussion instruments. No trumpets. Certainly interesting.
The next thing I went to was an away game at McMaster. We had a school bus and went with some fans. It was lots of fun. There were actual trumpet players that time, including Joe Belliveau and Dave Blanchard; right off the bat I was intrigued with Dave who was wearing a black Mennonite hat and had an arrow through his head. Waterloo won the game – I think there was a five-piece Mac band there and we had a lot of fun playing pieces back and forth, louder and faster each time.
I talked a few people at Renison into joining the band, including trumpet player Steve Patterson; at some point Ken F. and I convinced concert band trumpeter Jim Spence to come out.
Waterloo had a good team that year and finished in a tie for first. Steve Patterson and I didn’t really know what was going on and bought tickets – we soon learned that was unnecessary. The championship game was against Laurier at the PAC; Laurier’s starters were a couple of American guys and the band used to play “The Star Spangled Banner” after “O Canada”.
The crowd that day was the largest I can ever remember at the PAC. At this time, practically every game was a sellout and this one was totally packed. Someone in the WLU section brought a sign saying “Waterloo’s Band Sucks!”, which I thought was great. Had Waterloo won the game, we would have gone to Halifax for the finals (the Band had been the previous year when Waterloo finished 3rd).
I went to see Prof. Staal to see if I could arrange to write my calculus midterm at a different date if this happened, and he got very excited, saying “The Warriors Band? My son was in that! Tell me, how is it going?”
Waterloo lost the final by a few points. The band had 20 or so people in it that day (including Ken F., the first time he’d shown up since recruiting me – when he saw that I’d been trying to arrange some things, he was VERY supportive and said he would have come out more had he known: In retrospect this was one of the most encouraging things to me).
I remember Marshall Pischard, who was in grade 8 and played the snare drum; Mark Hagen used to pick him up for the games in some sort of arrangement that I never understood. Other names come to mind – Jim Brown, a baritone player who had to play the trombone, which he didn’t know how to do, since the band only owned 3 trumpets, 1 clarinet and the drums at that point; Mac Vomberg, bass drummer who used to tape up his hand before every game – if you’ve played the bass drum, you’ll know why; Chris Dufault, a funny guy.
The band gets interested in politics. They entered themselves as a candidate for student president, hoping to get more band funding, as they were tired of paying their way themselves. There were polls taken, and they were leading, but the powers-that-be got the band on a technicality. The Band didn’t have a student number.
November 5, 1979
Laurier refuses to let in the UWO band for free at UWO-WLU football game. CCWB Steve Hayman writes the following letter to the London Free Press:
“Sir: Regarding the Nov.5 Free Press story on Sir Wilfrid Laurier University officials’ refusal to admit the University of Western Ontario Mustang Band to a football playoff game without paying, all I can say is that the WLU athletic department is showing extreme good taste.
Clearly, Laurier is only interested in admitting free those groups which show a high calibre of musical ability. The University of Waterloo Warriors Band has never experienced any problems of the type described.”
President Burt Matthews gives the band $2000.00. Definitely the musical turning point, the band triples the number of instruments it owns, and for the first time UW has to issue purchase orders to pawn shops.
Imprint: Band an anodyne to fans
“Last Saturday at the University of Western Ontario’s Little Stadium, the University of Waterloo Warriors Band inaugurated its new instruments and new image by trouncing the Western Mustang Band 28 – 24. Highlights of the game included a marching version of “Chicken” at halftime, and antiphonal renditions of “Colonel Bogey” and “Hogan’s Heroes” played as duets between two bands 50 yards apart. The Warriors Band established its superiority early in the concert and never looked back, outplaying the Mustang Band 38 tunes to 4.
As an amusing diversion, a game of “Football” was played between teams from each school between performances of the bands.”
The BAND exposed their hidden talents at the Grand Hotel’s Gong Show. Adding to the renowned musical ability the Band is famous for was a rendition of the William Tell Overture played and amplified on the head of our Chief Percussionist. This was followed by the shaving of a full beard of the Chief Centurion while the Band played “The Stripper”. It was a hard way to make $50.00, towards a weekend trip to the CIAU basketball finals in Halifax. That was the same year the band won the J.O. Hemphill trophy for providing outstanding student administration and services.
I don’t know how long the Warriors Band logo will be used by the band, but it has been used for the last 10 years, so I thought it would be worth stating how it got developed. It was felt that it was time to develop a logo to appear on the Warriors Band uniforms and that the logo should symbolize Athletics and Music. Around that time most ideas germinated from Steve Hayman and the development of the logo was no exception. Steve Hayman had made up some buttons in 1979 and one of the buttons had a picture of the Warrior Head and a realistic looking trumpet. Some time during the Summer of 1981 Steve Hayman had drawn a “WB” in the shape of trumpet valves
and tubes on a package that he had mailed to me (see one of the scrapbooks). All I did was put the two designs together and stylize the “WB”. Kevin Tureski took my drawing to a professional draughtsman who cleaned up the lines.
15th Anniversary Reunion
CCWB Peter Oliver and Deputy CCWB Cathy Brown organized a tremendous reunion at the Naismith. All former CCWB’s show up and it’s the first time most of us get to meet any oldtimers. A nice reception in the Math Bldg, Dave Blanchard brings a great looking anniversary cake, and to top it all off, a picture of Doug Young and his 3-year-old daughter Rebecca playing her little drum with the band at halftime is published across Canada.
15th Anniversary Song
(to the tune of “Ca-na-da” – you know, the centennial song)
WAA TERR LOOOOO
(One little, two little, three old sousaphones)
(And we have got a washboard)
WAA TERR LOOOOO
(See if you can hear the clarinets)
(Or the flutes)
WE’RE ONE OF THE, BANDS IN CANADA
Bb’S OUR FAVOURITE KEYYYYYY,
IT’S THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE WARRIO-ORS BAND,
THIS LINE DOESN’T RHYME WITH THE OTHERS……..
followed by band playing song staccato with washboard solo)
November 23, 1981
The Kitchener – Waterloo Record
Strike up the, er, band
“The University of Waterloo Warriors’ band called, and David Greenberg and about 20 others answered.
Greenberg and other former band members in town over the weekend donned zany costumes, played brokendown instruments stashed away years ago, and generally celebrated the band’s 15th anniversary.
Alumni and current band members joined forces to play rousing tunes for crowds at three basketball games during the three-day Naismith Classic held in the UW gym.
“Some things never change,” said Greenberg, 35, an oceanographer at the Bedford Institute in Dartmouth, N.S. “We never did work too much on quality.”
The Warriors band, now a tradition at UW basketball, hockey and football games, has a special place in Greenberg’s heart, aside from the fact that he married the cymbal player.
He was a founding member back in 1966 “when I got together with a few friends ’cause we wanted to get free tickets for the football games.”
“There were four of us – two trumpet players and two clarinet players. I gave myself the title ‘chief centurion’ and never called an election until I left five years later,” Greenberg said.
The band’s first appearance was at a football game. It was raining and played its repertoire – “the school song and The Charge.”
“For some reason the athletics department liked us and offered us uniforms so we started playing regularly,” he said.
The group, led by Greenberg in his Second World War army helmet and armed with a trumpet painted bright red by rampaging engineers back in ’67, had eight members by the end of the first year.
It now has 40 to 50 regular members, a collection of instruments for those who don’t own their own, and a repertoire that includes the school song, The Charge, The Stripper, and themes from Hogan’s Heroes and the Muppet Show.
The team now plays at one game a week on the average, but “we maintained tradition and still don’t have formal practices,” said this year’s chief centurion, Peter Oliver. He’s a third-year psychology student who took five years of violin lessons and now plays bass drum in the band.
“We take maybe 45 minutes a week to read over new music. We’re really just out to have a good time.”
While watching TV, Steve Hayman heard the line “This is a waterproof band, nothing drowns them out” and at the same time they showed a band playing in the rain. Steve modified this witty remark and came up with the slogan “The Waterloo Warriors Band, Nothing Drowns Us Out”. We agreed that the slogan would be great for a recruitment poster. All we needed was a drawing or picture to go along with the slogan. We could get our picture taken in the rain, but I thought it would be much more humourous if we took a picture of the band in the university swimming pool. So I reserved the pool for our use and Steve Hayman and Kevin Tureski were the photographers. All instruments were allowed in the pool except woodwinds and drums. Everyone was told to be creative and have fun.
Some of my favourite pictures include the band members with instruments lined up on the blocks in a relays race, or the shot of the sousaphone being dropped off the high diving board, or the picture of the band half submerged in water with Bob the Duck floating in the foreground (which was used in the poster). However my favourite picture was the picture (taken from underneath the diving board) of the sousaphone hanging off the end of the diving board. If you looked at this picture out of context, you would not know what it was.
Years after we used the poster in our Fall 1983 recruitment campaign, David Bain said to me that he almost didn’t join the Warriors Band because of the poster. He wondered how any band could put their instruments under water. But I think the poster was effective for 2 reasons: the instruments got clean; and David Bain later became CCWB.
I still have the wrapper from one of the 1200 chocolate bars we sold in the Fall of 1982 to raise money. I was a frosh, living in Village Zoo. I coordinated the sale of these chocolate bars from my meagre accommodations. Many were sold to myself since there were several cases that I could reach without even getting out of bed. The Basketball team was doing well so we got them to autograph the chocolate bars in the space where we were supposed to stamp who was selling the bars. The autograph incentive, combined with the fact the Village food is lousy, led to tremendous sales. We made a bundle. I saved the big autographs like Peter Savich and Paul van Oorschot. Perhaps I’ll try to sell then during this reunion event.
Heather Gleben (Nee Dixon)
Waterloo was playing Western at a home game at Waterloo Stadium. As it was our halftime show (because it was our home game), Steve Hayman was getting rather uptight because Western was stealing the half time show. So he had us march around the track and through the band as they continued to play. We marched to the entrance where the players would be coming out and formed a line on either side. As we were doing this, Western had just completed their song and the band leader blew the whistle, the whole band counted out loud “1,2,3, F**K You, Waterloo.” We were stunned! Preppy Western surprised us all.
Friday, March 18, 1983
Imprint: Sports – Potpourri
“- Don McCrae is worried that the Warriors’ Band is getting to be too good. “Once upon a time no game was complete without the sound of an errant note reverberating around the gym and disturbing the relative sanctity of things.” Now they rarely miss notes and McCrae is afraid they may move to greener pastures in search of a recording contract and thus lose their inspirational cheerleading in favour of a more traditional musical approach.”
Since the “Home of the Warrior Band” sign still hangs in the PAC, I thought it would be worth saying how that sign got developed. It was the Athletic Department’s idea to hang a Warrior Band sign in the PAC and I was honoured that they had suggested it since the Athletic Department was and still is particular about the PAC’s decor. To ensure that the sign was properly done, Molsons was willing to pay for a professional painter as long as their name appeared on part of the sign. I drew up the simple design (see scrapbook) and the sign was painted.
Years later when the sponsor changed to Labatts, someone painted over Molsons with Labatts, and now Labatts has been replaced with the Warriors Band 25th Anniversary crest – and looks even better.
[Ed. note: The sign was removed from the PAC in 1989. The sign was resurrected for the 25th Reunion, and the 25th logo was painted on by band members Jim Spence and Chris Jacob.]
I was dating a guy on the varsity basketball team, and he was always somewhat embarrassed when he heard me play the cymbals for “O Canada” at the start of every home game.
Well, during one game as it was, and probably still is the tradition of standing up until the first basket is scored. I was up and down so much that I think the cymbals were getting rather heavy so I set them down and started clapping. All of a sudden, all everyone heard was the loud, resonating sound of the cymbals hitting the framework of the grandstand as they made their way to the ground. I was “major league” embarrassed as it was obvious I dropped them, as I couldn’t sucker anyone into picking them up for me. My boyfriend denied knowing me to the rest of his teammates.
The band never did go to many hockey games during the Winter term in 1983. Why… because we were very busy going to other sporting events, the hockey arena was always freezing, and the hockey team was so bad, we could not have helped. But the new hockey coach desperately wanted us to attend so I promised him that we would attend at least one game. So early in the Winter term of 1983, we gathered at the PAC and loaded up two cars and headed out to the McCormick arena. It wasn’t until we reached the arena that we realized that we had filled the other car with frosh and they had no idea where to go. Thirty minutes after the game started, the other car arrived. Once we started playing in the arena we made such a big sound that the referee stopped the game, skated over and told us to keep it down.
Halifax, March 1983(?)
Tired of waiting for the band’s mammoth pizza order, Bernie Jansen and I left for a walk, leaving the others in the vans. We were looking for entries in the unofficial Tacky Souvenir Contest, so we enter this shopping mall near Dave Greenberg’s place in Nova Scotia.
And stop in our tracks.
“My God, Bernie, that’s it. That’s the winner of the Tacky Souvenir Contest!” The mall’s supermarket had a lifesize C-3PO display advertising his new cereal from Kellogg’s. C-3PO – android from Star Wars. The Golden Warrior for the Warriors Band pantheon of deities.
Now what do we do? We couldn’t just walk out with the display- that would be theft and Nova Scotia would deport us Ontarians for it. “Go and talk to that cashier,” suggests Bernie. The Cashier looks up as we approach the
register. “Uh, hi, we have a strange request. Could we have that CÐ3PO for a tacky souvenir contest?” The cashier blinks in surprise. “I don’t think so, but you should talk to the manager about this,” she replies, pointing to the other end of the store. We thank her and head for that end of the store. We subject the gentleman in the long white coat to the same question. “Gee, that’s nice, but I’m the assistant manager. You’ll have to come back next Tuesday when the manager returns.” “We can’t do that! We’re from Ontario and we’ll be leaving on Friday!” “Oh. Tell you what: why don’t you guys just take it and I’ll turn my back, okay?” “Hey, that’s great. Thanks a lot!”
Bernie and I rush back to the display. We look around. I pick up CÐ3PO and he tackles the door. We run back to the van, and knock on a window for the band to let us in.
As soon as the sliding door opens, cries of “Where did you get that from?” accompany Dave Bain’s shocked “YOU DIDN’T JUST STEAL THAT?”
Bernie and I grin somewhat sheepishly. “Well, yeah, we did, but the management condoned it…”
We took it to Dave Greenberg’s house (he hosted the pizza party). We turned the van lights off, Steve set it on the doorstep, rang the bell, and hid around from the door. Dave opened the door, stared at C3PO, then yelled “Hayman, where the hell are you?” and laughed.
Environmental Studies, Clarinet
Wednesday, February 22, 1984
Volume 24, Number 23
“The Warriors Band members are not a bunch of lunatics. Really. Band leader Steve Hayman insists that the group has some talented musicians who practise regularly. It’s just the image of the Band that is disorganized and dishevelled, he maintains.
Hayman, who likes to be called the “Chief Centurion”, says the Band wants to raise money so they can accompany UW’s basketball Warriors to this year’s national championships in Halifax.
In keeping with the Band’s style, organizers are leaving fundraising and other details until the last minute. Raffle tickets will be sold at basketball games, as soon as they are printed, Hayman says. And Band members are going to ‘blitz’ student residences to sell tickets as well.
Of course, they’re not quite sure yet what the prize will be. A colour television is a strong possibility.
Hayman is all in favour of the “party atmosphere” the Band creates as cheerleaders of sorts. He likes being part of the very vocal Waterloo fan club – UW fans are known “far and wide for their quality”, he says modestly.
He feels it’s crucial for the Band to maintain its off-the-cuff style. He wants to avoid imitating the polished professionalism of some well-funded bands, notably the University of Western Ontario Mustang Band.
What’s wrong with the Western Band?
Well, for one thing, Hayman says, the musicians are confused. With their white cowboy hats, they look like they’re from western Canada. He’s not at all approving of their slick uniforms; Hayman prefers the more casual hockey sweaters the Warriors’ Band wears.
And there is no doubt in his mind that the UW musicians have more fun. That’s the main attraction for him.
Fun was the reason behind the Band’s sudden notoriety when they played Easter Parade and Here Comes Peter Cottontail at Waterloo’s most recent Santa Claus parade. They also included a Beach Boys medley of hits for variety.
In a rambunctious mood, the Band decided to march through a Brewer’s Retail store. Unfortunately they were stalled early when the bass drum refused to fit through the door.
The crazy spirit is contagious, it seems. Hayman recalls a Windsor game the Band travelled to see. They were honoured when the opposition asked them to play the pre-game national anthem.
But they had to protest when the lights were completely turned off and they couldn’t read a single note of music.
Most of the people in the Band are fairly accomplished,” claims Donna Green, the Band’s Vice-President in Charge of Buying Sheet Music. “We have real music, stands, everything,” she says confidently.
Actually Hayman takes his cheerleading pretty seriously. He says he gets a great deal of satisfaction knowing he’s helping the team in its fight for victory.
With pride, he says the Band is getting better every year and he hopes it will continue to prosper and “keep doing zany things.”
March 23, 1984
Warriors Band: Goodwill Ambassadors
“A new group of goodwill ambassadors has emerged at the University of Waterloo. We’ve known about them for seventeen or so years, but it wasn’t until last weekend that their presence was truly appreciated.
Who are they? We know this group of fun-loving musicians as the Warriors Band.
Those who were at the Metro Centre in Halifax last weekend during the CIAU men’s basketball championships were truly appreciative of the Band’s mere presence, not to mention their spirit and musical ability.
At the games, the Band made it entertaining, even when the action wasn’t. The Warriors Band’s unique version of the “2001” theme, with Chief Centurion Steve Hayman’s drum solo, was an instant success with the Metro crowd.
With Waterloo not in the final game, a coin toss dictated that Brandon would be cheered for during the televised event.
It led to Dave “Crash” Bain’s impromptu imitation of the Victoria mascot, using an old helmet with strips of yellow paper for horns, and a battered cymbal and plastic horn as a shield. This continued for the rest of the game, leading to many enjoyable moments.
Like the CN Tower, Disneyland, or the Astrodome, the Warriors Band is a great entity to have around, but something that we at Waterloo take for granted from their constant presence. The applause and laughter of the crowds at the Metro centre, who had probably never seen or heard the Band before, must have made the trip worthwhile for our musicians.
The Warriors Band have called themselves “One of the Bands in Canada” for a while. It’s obviously true, but let’s add a superlative or two to that phrase. How ’bout “The Band in Canadian Basketball”?
[Ed. note: Donald later joined the band.]
March 23, 1984
Bands’ eye view of Halifax
Take 24 Warriors Band members, place in two vans, drive 30 hours through snow and rain, add 3 alumni and 2 other members. Result, the Band goes to the CIAU basketball finals in Halifax, and is called ‘awesome’.
The Trip Down
John on the walkie-talkie: “Atlantis to Discovery, come in please, we are going to inspect your left flank for missing tiles.” “What the hell are you talking about?” “Just stay in the right lane and you’ll see.”
Steve: “I think we should be the Poseidon and the Titanic, not the Atlantis and the Discovery” (the trip took longer than expected).
“Look over there, everyone, this is the longest covered bridge in the world..” A few minutes later; “There’s no bridge over there, it’s over here on the left!” “Oh.”
The Bluenose Tavern, Halifax; “Do you have any John Labatt Classic?” “No.” “Have you got any Canadian beer?”
Steve and Tim: “Does this No Parking sign include vans from Ontario?” (They got a parking ticket for that).
“Real men prefer to sleep in locker rooms.” “It stinks in here” (S. Mary’s locker room, Thursday night). “I used my shoes for a pillow.”
“There was a pile of cheese in there!” (The Real Men prefer the locker room to a recently-vacated banquet room, Friday night). “We can’t shower in here, there are no plugs for our hairdryers!” (The Real Women).
“I was woken at 9 a.m. by the damned hairdryers.”
“You girls lock the door, and no guys up there or none of youse will be staying here.” (The Security Guard, S. Mary’s).
“I can’t believe that’s Dave, he never does things like this!” (Dave Bain becomes the counter-Viking at the Victoria – Brandon final, as the Band flips a coin to decide who to cheer for. Victoria Vikings; “Sure you did”)
“Have you had a chance to play any concerts while you’ve been here?” (Conductor of the Other Band, after hearing the Warriors Band)
Invited to the CIAU banquet, no one finds out until it’s too late. Male Band members chase the half-time show can-can dancers out of the arena, and return fanning themselves. “You were more entertaining than the basketball game.” (Fan in Spaghetti Factory)
“OK everyone, concert E when the buzzer goes off, and try to keep it the same length as the buzzer.” (Band-buzzer duet during games)
Half the CFDR Orchestra defected and joins the Band during the first game.
The Trip Home
“Tim, what did you do that was personally memorable?” Tim just smiles, band breaks up.
“This is slippery. Have we got an extra French Horn that we can use for traction?” “We’re going the wrong way.” (Halifax to Truro via Windsor, an unscheduled trip through rural Nova Scotia)
“Faites the plein avec sans plomb.” “Pouvons-nous obtenir quarante sandwiches a porter?”) Practising rusty French in rural Quebec.
Colette, Dave, Henry, John, Steve and Steve for driving on highways that were supposed to be closed due to storms.
The Warriors for giving us a reason to go to Halifax.
Steve Hayman for everything.
Alex Weaver, Imprint Staff
Returning from Halifax – driving along the shore of the St. Laurence, I had just got out of the passenger seat of the van, to go back and lie down, when Dave Waddington (who was driving) said “Hang on!” The van, travelling at full highway cruising speed in bad weather (75 – 80 MPH) entered a white-out and Dave skillfully swerved around 3 or 4 cars buried in drifts. The cord of my walkman, which was clipped to the bass drum, wrapped around my neck and began to strangle me as I flipped over the seat behind me.
Later, Steve Hayman told me he was lying down trying to sleep in the back of the other van, when he heard John Oldfield yell “Hang on” Steve’s last thought before they entered the whiteout was “I can’t see what’s happening. I’m going to die, and I don’t know why.”
Environmental Studies, Clarinet/Alto Sax
National Basketball Tournament at McMaster
The Yugoslav national team was in town. I taught the band how to say “Do you want a beer?” in Yugoslav because if was the only phrase my dad taught me to say to my Grandmother (she likes to drink beer). Needless to say, Steve Hayman had us shouting out the phrase everytime the Yugos had the ball. I guess he was hoping to distract them or something……
Irene Tyhurst (nee Bosnich)
National Basketball Tournament
After the game at Brock, we piled into Burger King in S. Catharines for supper only to find that the Yugoslav team had beaten us there. They were lined up across the front counter like the walls you see on old American forts in Hollywood westerns. (These guys were all 6’6″, at least.) A local teenage girl who can’t see or get close to the counter turns to me and says, “Who are these guys, anyways?”
National Basketball Tournament
Allen Rae of Basketball Canada designates the band as Official Band of the Canadian Olympic Basketball Team.
We went to Western’s Homecoming, we were in the parade. We didn’t have a lot of cars, and we had no real way of getting the drum to London, so we rented one of those big busses. We blew our budget on it. At the time, the federal government was trying to encourage marching bands, so they promised to bail us out if we got into trouble. Some one – or Ð other had to leave early so he drove – his car broke down about half way there. We got to London at some ungodly hour and marched through the parade; when we got to the campus, various residences were having a water fight across the parade route. They didn’t know who we were and we got through unscathed. Our rugby team was playing outside the stadium, so we stopped and cheered them on. At the stadium, they wanted to search the drum and the tubas, and told us not to step on the track. This is where the picture with the band with one toe on the track was taken. We lost the game 72-0. This was the game where they invited the quarterback of an undefeated campus rec flag football team to play. After the game, we had to rush back to avoid paying extra for the bus, so we went to the Hayman’s house and ordered pizza. Eventually, we had to pay double for the bus, but the government picked up the tab. This is where the federal deficit came from. OK, I made the part about the feds up. The rest is true.
Math/Music, Flute/Alto Sax
“In a taunting match with drunken Guelph supporters in the third quarter, the Band came out on top. Winning comments were that UW has a taller library than does Guelph, and that UW’s name doesn’t sound like a dog regurgitating his dinner. Isn’t the hype and excitement of college football wonderful?”
The math society put a huge banner up, urging people to go to the game, something like; “Go to the game: 7:30, Seagram Stadium”. The game started at 7:00. The band read the math society banner, except for Beth Bondi, Donald Duench and me. At the time I was trying to play trumpet, since I happened to have one. Steve Hayman comes up at about 7:00, and the announcer asks if we’re going to play ‘O Canada.’ I hand Steve the trumpet, and we perform ‘O Canada’ with 2 flutes, a recorder, and a trumpet played by a trombonist, while the rest of the band killed themselves laughing out in the parking lot.
Math/Music, Flute/Alto Sax
The Warriors, at Varsity Arena in Toronto, had defeated McMaster in a regional final to advance to the Final Four in Halifax. (this was when they had a four-team final tournament, as opposed to eight in the 1970’s and present) There was a high-school final that night on the same court, so the Warriors weren’t allowed to cut down the nets, as is a custom for victorious basketball teams. But, Steve Hayman took a blank poster, drew a basketball rim & net on it, and took it over to the players. Big (7’0″) Randy Norris cut down the “net.”
Steve Hayman, Tim Tyhurst and I flew down to the CIAU Championships rather than face the 24 to 32 hour drive. We arrived at the Halifax airport, and caught a taxi downtown to meet the incoming vanload of enthusiastic (?) bandmembers. With some time to kill before they arrived, we went to a restaurant/bar across the street. As we entered, we noticed that the entire bar was populated by rowdy, inebriated supporters of one of the Maritime teams. We decided to try another spot, but before we left, one final gesture was necessary. We pulled our band sweaters out, and raised them over our heads. The noise of the bar was gradually replaced by a loud chorus of boos and catcalls. The overall effect made the flight from Ontario seem very worthwhile somehow.
Environmental Studies, Clarinet/Alto Sax
Wednesday, May 1, 1985
The Gazette, Volume 25, Number 32
Ceremony launches building project
“It was an hour of grins, handshakes, and shouts against the wind April 16 as former Ontario premier Bill Davis starred in the ground-breaking ceremony for the UW building which is to bear his name.
Most of UW’s deans and other senior officials were on hand along with the building’s architects and project managers, faculty and staff members, students, a solemn four-year old, uniformed security officers keeping an eye on things, and the Warriors’ Band, which greeted Davis’s arrival with “Hail to the Chief” and “Land of Hope and Glory”.
In his ceremonial remarks, kept brief because the wind was rising and the shadows were lengthening, Davis commented on the band, which he called “the Waterloo university symphony orchestra”, and on his friendship with UW’s dean of computing and communications, Wes Graham, who lived in the same residence hall at the University of Toronto where Davis spent his undergraduate days.”
National Basketball Team series versus Israel
Before the game at Varsity Arena in Toronto, we went into the Swiss Chalet across Bloor S. and told them that we (about 10 of us) would eat there only if we could be out within 30 minutes, since we had to be at the game. They assured us that it could be done.
Naturally, the waitress did the usual thing; sat us down and abandoned us. Since the menus were printed on the placemats, we decided to write down everybody’s orders, and just hand them to the waitress when she returned, thus saving time. So, we go around the table, getting orders and writing them on a napkin.
We come to Ed Kozak.
“I’d like a quarter chicken” he says. (Note: This is a packaged meal that comes with fries, coleslaw, whatever.) “OK, one quarter chicken for Ed.”
Ed is still looking at the menu – he hasn’t ordered a drink yet. “I’d like a half chicken” says Ed. “OK, change Ed’s quarter chicken to a half chicken.”
“No, No! I want a quarter chicken AND a half chicken!”
Ed was the first one finished.
The first international Warriors Band trip, to SUNY in Buffalo. Two vanloads of enthusiastic band members left Waterloo, attempting to cross the border at Niagara Falls. I was driving the lead van. At the crossing, the overly suspicious Nazi-American border guard snarled “Are you all Canadian citizens?” I suddenly realized Hans Ziemann mentioning something about his citizenship, so my reply of “Yes” probably sounded less than convincing. He said “Are you sure?” I looked around at the van occupants, and tried to sound confident. “Yes.”
The guard directed us over the another building, where he entered with me in tow. “This guy isn’t sure if everyone in his van is Canadian” I sat down, resigned to a long delay. I glanced out the window, and saw the Warrior team bus pull up outside. I saw several of the players pointing at our van. After a short delay, the team bus pulled away, and I caught a glimpse of Don McCrae. He was leaning forward, and pointing at the various Band members shivering miserably around the van. That was the only time I ever saw him laugh.
Environmental Studies, Clarinet/Alto Sax
B-ballers lose to University of Buffalo
Ed Note: Steve Hayman was reporting basketball for the Imprint ’85Ð86. He rode the team bus, the band rented 2 vans. He travelled in comfort, we got to know each other really well. The team lost 95-70.
It turns out that we’re at the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB), not the same thing as Buffalo State. UB has a really nice, big gym, capable of storing all the Space Shuttles. The band arrives and erects a “Buffalo Welcomes the Warriors Band” sign that it has brought along.
The crowd of 1,000 likes but does not understand the band.
Steve Hayman, Imprint Staff
Letter to the Editor
Kitchener – Waterloo Record
“On behalf of our four-year-old grandson, we would like to thank the K-W Jaycees for organizing such an imaginative and well-disciplined Santa Claus parade under very adverse weather conditions.
It was very pleasant to see the University of Waterloo band and it particularly beautiful float taking part. Obviously, the students feel at home in our community and we think that is just great.”
Jack and Lois Carleton
March 18, 1986
The University of Western Ontario Gazette
Good time band wants to have fun
“The latest in a long line of Warrior band exploits occurred at the CIAU basketball all-Canadian awards banquet. As Waterloo’s Peter Savich was introduced as a member of the head table, the dignified atmosphere was shattered by the now familiar Waterloo fight song. Following the song were about 20 members of the Warrior band making a grand, if uninvited entrance. They even managed to stay for some free dessert.
Incidents like this are becoming familiar occurrences for the band. Ontario basketball fans are well acquainted with the Waterloo support squad, and CIAU spectators are beginning to know them equally as well. This is the band’s fifth championship visit in six years.
The Warrior band, also official band of the Canadian Olympic basketball team, should give themselves one more title, the Official Good Spirit Group. If all fans had representatives like this, CIAU basketball games would be a whole lot more interesting to go to.”
UWO Gazette Staff
The trip to Halifax for the
Basketball Final Four
Electronic Mail message to the band:
It seems to me that while Steve Hayman was creating lasting memories of Riviere-du-Loup-de-loop, he was also killing off time (3:00am – 3:20am), before we hit the New Brunswick border at 6:09am(?) to give that same lead van driver the win in the Who Can Guess When We’ll Hit New Brunswick category. Scandal reigned for minutes.
Math, French Horn
Wilmington (Ohio) College Football Programme
“This will be an historic occasion; the University of Waterloo varsity football team is playing its first game ever in the United States. Other varsity squads from Waterloo have played in the U.S. but never, until today, has its football team ventured across the border.
The music at today’s game will be provided by the Wilmington High School Marching Band, directed by Dennis Ling. In addition, a small pep band has accompanied the Warriors from Canada, and will also be heard.”
September 23, 1986
WB 20th Anniversary Meeting #1
Excerpt from minutes:
Tuesday was the only good day for meetings. Times will alternate between 4:30 and 7:00 or 7:30. I forgot when we booked the room for.
October 29, 1986
Profile: Paul McKone
” “I like to have my evenings free,” he explains, “for FASS and Warriors Band and Theatre Sports and all those things that keep me from going home and eating proper meals and vacuuming the rugs.”
…And the Warriors Band, once the centre of his life (he was its Chief Centurion last year), is less time-consuming since he has passed the torch to people who are still students.
(He plays the clarinet – “very loudly, which is an asset, but very poor technique”. But his real role in the Band is ownership of a soldering torch, vital to keep instruments in playing shape.)”
October 31, 1986
The band went Christmas carolling on Hallowe’en. We stopped to see guys like:
- Bob McKillop (football coach). Bob’s wife was out of town, so he went to ‘phone her and tell her about these crazy people who had just appeared at his door. Left to phone her just as we started playing “Tequila/McKillop” for the first time to his face, so we had to do it twice. Bob is one of the few people who really appreciates what this band is all about. His neighbours loved us!
Doug Wright (president of UW). He invited us in for cider or beer (Labatt Classic, at that!). He had had a quiet night – few kids on his block except us.
Carl Totzke (Athletic Director). He lived in the sticks and wasn’t home; we bothered/played for his neighbour because we couldn’t tell in the dark which house was which. Neighbour forgave us anyway.
We dropped by a Warrior hockey game to say HI to McCrae and the hockey coach, and whoever else was there. Almost got a bench minor for the team. The refs didn’t appreciate us playing during action on the ice. We felt bad.
CKCO TV. They weren’t expecting us. We got there about 10:30 as they were preparing for the 11:20 newscast. They put us in the background over the weather report. Roy Wood’s bunny suit looked really sharp.
Basketball Tournament in Montreal
Steve Hayman finds out that McGill has no school song, so borrows one from somewhere else, and sets McGill words to it. Teaches it to McGill fans. They like it. They get revenge by beating us on the court to win the tournament.
Warrior band history to be seen at Naismith half-time
Catch the Spirit is the theme for this year’s Homecoming celebrations. One of the groups who will be throwing that spirit your way, and have been doing so for two decades, is the Warrior band.
Spontaneity and enthusiasm are the reasons for their success at both home and away games. The Naismith tournament marks the twentieth year of the band once named the Baden and Elmira Beer Hall Boys. They have undergone several name-changes carousing now under the alias University of Waterloo band.
The Warriors band is an unofficial member of the Athletics Department. For this Naismith tournament they will provide a half time show consisting of the history of the band, introduction of former band centurions, the school song and a string of past and present popular songs. For all those interested they will be having a get together on Friday and Saturday night at the Grad House.
November 26, 1986
Man in Motion to wheel through Waterloo
UW students are getting behind Rick Hansen, the “Man in Motion”, in his attempt to raise money for spinal cord research.
The wheelchair marathoner is expected to visit campus some time next week in his cross-Canada money-raising tour.
When he arrives on campus, probably Tuesday or Wednesday if the weather co-operates, the Warriors band will welcome him.
Friday, December 5, 1986
Top 10 Reasons Why the Football Warriors Were Excluded From Vanier Cup Competition
10) “We failed to execute”
9) Ears damaged by excessively loud Fed Hall music
8) No funky cheerleader babes
7) David Wilcox concert at Coronet night before Western game
6) No directions included with new footballs
5) Too few pictures in playbook
4) The Warrior Band
3) Anxiety in anticipation of Springsteen box-set release
2) Dissention due to inter-squad love triangles
1) “We didn’t get no breaks, no how!”
Wednesday, December 31, 1986
The Waterloo Chronicle
Fan of the Year:
“What resists rain and cold temperatures and has plenty of wind? Insulated bag-pipes, maybe? Well, close, but the answer is the University of Waterloo Warriors band. Indoors or out, they lend musical support to the various UW teams and their repertoire allows them to have a musical message for most occasions. Need we say more?”
September 23, 1987
Kitchener – Waterloo Record
Waterloo plans 2-day party to celebrate new city hall
“The opening of a new city hall is a rare event in the life of any community and Waterloo plans to make the most of it during the unveiling of its new $10 million city centre Friday.
Some of the performers include the Waterloo Concert Band, the Kitchener – Waterloo School for the Performing Arts, the University of Waterloo Warrior Band, a local Tai Chi group, a dance-fit demonstration and a fitness presentation by the Waterloo Family YMCA.”
October 2, 1987
The new president of Trent is a former UW prof named John Stubbs. Doug Wright asks the band to “crash” the inaugural dinner. Dr. Doug wants us so badly that he pays for a highway bus to carry us (13 people); arranges sandwiches and a free bar as well. While awaiting our ‘cue’ he arranged for us to have a TV in order to watch the Blue Jays – Detroit game. We also found UW security waiting and ready to let us into the PAC when we got home.
A group of talented (?) band members put together a song for us to sing at the dinner. To the tune of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”;
It’s a long way to Peterborough
It’s a long way for us.
It’s a long way to Peterborough,
So they chartered us a bus.
Good bye, Dana Porter
It’s a long, long way to Peterborough
Just to say so long to you
(Descant a la Black&White&Gold) Auf wiedersehen!
Duh duh da dum.
January 18, 1988
Letter to Steve Hayman;
On behalf of the City of Kitchener Parks and Recreation Department and the Kitchener Olympic Torch Organizing Committee, I am extending a sincere thank you to all of the members of the University of Waterloo Warriors band for their participation in the Olympic Torch Relay Ceremonies at Kitchener City Hall on Tuesday, January 5.
We appreciated the enthusiasm that you band members exhibited despite the chilling temperatures and the effects that the cold temperatures had on many of your instruments.
We hope that you enjoyed being a part of the Olympic Torch Relay Ceremonies in Kitchener, and to be able to Share the Flame/Celebrate the Spirit with several thousand other people.
John Cooper, Chairman
Kitchener Olympic Torch Relay Committee
Acadia Alumni Magazine
Waterloo band stands up and cheers
“With a total weekend turnout of 18,000 excited basketball fans for the CIAU finals, Halifax is definitely the basketball capital of Canada. The Axemen had the home town support right to the wire in the final game against Brandon, the national champs. But the real excitement for Acadia fans was the night before when the Axemen took the “David and Goliath” match against University of Victoria Vikings 86 – 83.
Amid the excitement of one of the best college basketball games in years, came the rousing sound of the University of Waterloo band playing the old Acadia song “Stand Up and Cheer”. It seems their band leader Steve
Hayman had heard the song down east, and worked up the arrangement. He was happy to pass along the music score to Acadia. Jeff Smith and Brian Johnston have fine tuned it for various instruments. Now we’ve really “got the steam, Boom! Boom!”.”
July 6, 1988
Campus Rec Time Capsule Burial
Electronic Mail Message sent from CCWB Chris Jacob to band
For those recalcitrant members who didn’t show up yesterday, the Campus Rec time capsule was buried with a minimum of fanfare – only one, in fact, and even that was only a Bb chord (almost).
We also demolished a number of previously quite acceptable pieces of music, and had our own unique versions of “The Last Post”, and “Taps” played as the box was actually lowered into the ground.
Not content with this, they invited us back to a social gathering, and forced us to drink beer, and gave us tickets for door prizes. Then, they managed to make me win a T-shirt.
At any rate, we maintained our reputation as,…as…, um… well, the best of whatever we are!
Earth Sciences, Baritone/Euphonium
[Ed. Note: The band included a WB hockey sweater and a video tape of the band playing co-rec broomball in the time capsule. The Athletics Department found a copy of the “Waterproof Waterloo Warriors Band” ad, and included it as well.]
The University of Western Ontario Marching (?) Band celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. Gord “El Gordo” Payne created a card for them Ð on the front it said “It is your 50th anniversary my little Western Grasshoppers…. Now it is time for you to make use of the wisdom of the little black dots.” (Picture of a swami/guru type guy on front) Inside it said” We figured that you would need some music that would be a real challenge for the band. It wasn’t easy, but we found a book complete with pictures of the UWO Marching Band wearing those NIFTY and NEAT uniforms. All the best in your 50th year!! The Warriors Band.”
We sent them a copy of ‘Easy Steps to Band’, complete with geeky looking people showing the ‘correct’ way to hold and play instruments.
We sent it to them in the fall, by way of inter-university mail. They did not receive it until mid winter. It turns out, that despite having a HUGE budget, and snazzy (?) uniforms, they do not have an on-campus mail box. (unlike us – we have 2!)
October 27, 1988
The Lance (U. of Windsor’s Student Newspaper)
“It’s gotta be tough being a Waterloo Warrior football fan. It’s probably even worse being a member of the pep band.
I mean, these hearty Warrior fans come out in rain or snow travelling miles and miles, to cheer on a team that hasn’t won in thirty straight OUAA regular season contests.
Well, the wandering minstrels and their rag-tag bunch of gridiron goofups made their way into Windsor last weekend, to take on the mighty Lancers in our homecoming game. Playing in other team’s homecoming games is
nothing new to these guys, who don’t even have their own homecoming, preferring to wait until basketball season, when the team is more likely to win their game. If the other teams had their way, Waterloo would probably play seven homecoming games.
With (a Windsor) victory certain, I began to have this strange feeling of sadness, which first came over me during the Lancers’ pivotal drive.
Waterloo played their guts out in this meaningless game, and for a while, during the three penalties, I almost wanted them to win.
I then looked over at the Waterloo band, still playing their hearts out, in a passion of scholastic pride. I then wondered how they could do it week after week. The reason suddenly became clear. They have as much dedication as the footballers themselves.
The Warriors football team gave all, who were interested in finding it, a lesson. They told us not to quit, especially when everyone expects you to.”
Sports Editor, The Lance
Letter to the Editor
Kitchener – Waterloo Record
“I’ve been a faithful fan of University of Waterloo’s football Warriors for many years now, and I’ve finally figured out the cause of the current losing streak. It’s my fault.
This finally dawned on me last week. Even though I’ve moved away from Waterloo, I’ve been to more than 90 per cent of the games during the streak.
However, last week I had to go to a wedding and couldn’t get to Seagram Stadium until near the end of the game. I arrived with about two minutes left in the game and Waterloo leading Guelph 21 – 17.
It is hard to express how excited I was, how proud I was that the team was finally going to end the streak (especially against those Gryphon goofs) and that I was going to be there to see it.
Guess what happened. Mere moments after I got there, Guelph scored the winning touchdown.
What can I say other that “I’m sorry.” I will make this pledge: I promise not to go to the game this weekend against York, and I look forward to news of a Warriors victory!
Former Chief Centurion, UW Warriors Band
September 30, 1989
Football game at Esther Shiner Stadium in North York. The Warriors took in a 33-game long streak. From all I knew about Waterloo and York, this would be the best chance for the Warriors to break the streak. And they did. It got to the point that we knew the Warriors would win and when the game was over, it was there – a win, the streak over. But other than yelling a little bit, nothing spectacular in post-game celebration. Nobody really knew (or remembered) how to celebrate a football victory.
Additionally, as a Waterloo alumnus and WB member living in Toronto, I had the choice of going to that game or the Jay vs Orioles. Went to the football and when it was over I went to the Sky Dome and just before I got there, Tom Henke threw the final pitch to win the AL East.
Friday, November 17, 1989
Warrior football fan reflects
“The Warriors band told me that going to J.W. Little Stadium to fact the Mustangs would be an experience in and of itself. They didn’t go nearly far enough. Never have I seen such a disgusting display of childish arrogance at the university level.
Yet the Warriors kept fighting, moving the ball with authority and holding the vaunted Mustang defence at bay, within striking distance of the snotty home squad just two minutes before halftime.
Then the bomb hit.
First a single Mustang receive slipped behind the coverage, and the quarterback found him for a touchdown. Then there was a clocked punt for another touchdown. Then yet another major on a long pass.
In those two minutes, at 35 – 7, all reasonable hopes for a Warrior victory were snuffed out.
The second half was an exercise in drudgery. The action got the Warriors no closer, and as time ticked away, those arrogant fools began to mock the Waterloo fans. Their sole rationalization for their taunting and obnoxious behaviour was the fact that they were winning.
But we would have the last laugh.
About two minutes before the end of the game, Waterloo fans began a groundswell of applause for the team that has represented them so well. It continued so loud and so long that we could not hear the Mustang preppies bid their team, and us, farewell.
At the end of the game, the Warriors squad came over to our side and thanked us for our support, which only increased the cheering. As we continued to yell, the transparent oafs left the stadium stunned.
They couldn’t understand why we were cheering. We had LOST. But as we remained in their stadium, we knew that we had won. We showed what is was to have class, even in defeat.”
The KW Santa Claus Parade
As per usual, the band rode on the university float – the same one they recycle every year. The band was cold, but sounding not too bad, when disaster hit. The front right wheel on the tractor pulling the float exploded. It was water filled, so some members of the crowd got wet feet, and the band received a very large shock. In typical band
fashion, we merely leapt off the float, and began to saunter down the street playing all the while. We received numerous compliments from parade organizers for our quick thinking, and for continuing in the parade. What else could we do? We had a very large captive audience who wouldn’t leave no matter what, until Santa had gone by.
Leslie Ann MacKenzie
“I spent the weekend as the unofficial hanger-on with the Waterloo Warriors Band.
The rag-tag bunch showed up in force an hour before the Trois-Rivieres – PEI game. As was the case last year, the band was invited by the Nationals’ organizing committee to play at the entire tournament.
So there they were, shoved up in the rafters behind the goal, attired in their gaudy white, gold, and black sweaters, with some red trim.
They were going through their repertoire of “The Stripper”, “The Muppet Show Theme,” and unbelievably, “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”. But, as in every sporting event they invade, the band always chooses a favourite. The picked the PEI Panthers, as facing them in the tournament’s finale would be much better than mighty UQTR.
So, they cranked out a hastily-written arrangement of “The Pink Panther”. Their rhythmic cheer of “W-A-R-R-I-OR-S” was easily replaced by “P-A-N-T-H-E-R-S”, delivered within a heartbeat. Yet they figured their raucous cheers would be muffled by quick-skating UQTR.
The next day, Warrior fans came out in droves to Varsity Arena, clearly prepared for the occasion. The fans brought duffel bangs stuffed with banners, monstrous school flags, and pots and pans as noisemakers.
“Hit him, kill him, rip his face off!” the band yelled in unison, desperately hoping to break the tension mounting in the largely pro-Warriors crowd.
(the warriors lose 1-0.)
And, after the split-second of shock, came the strains of “The Black, White and Gold”, Waterloo’s school song, and then, the fans wailing “WAAAAARRRRIORRRS”, so loudly, it wasn’t clear who won the game.”
at the time, Sport Editor for the Ryersonion
We all piled into a van at 7:00 a.m. , drove straight through to Montreal, to Concordia an hour late for a football game, played, and piled into the van to drive straight back to Waterloo. We got home at 11:00 p.m. All this for an exhibition football game.
Arts, Slide Whistle/Violin
The story of how I got started in the Warriors Band goes way back to Frosh Week of 1991. Fresh out of high school, I was looking for something to distract me from my upcoming studies. One of the Frosh Week activities happened to be a pep rally, intending to generate enthusiasm among the Frosh as well as introduce them to the football team.
As I stood in the darkened gymnasium, the near-deafening roar of the eager Frosh was penetrated by a din and clatter which resolved itself into an off-key, off-tempo culmination of something that sounded vaguely like the theme from the television series, “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” You know, the black and white version that starred Richard Greene as Robin Hood that aired on YTV two years ago. It was at that point that I realized what I must do; and the next Thursday I showed up for what would be the first of many zany Warriors Band practices.
When I arrived in the band office, I was greeted by Leslie Ann, who asked my what instrument I played. Before the word ‘trumpet’ was completely out of my mouth, Leslie Ann was shouting excitedly to the other band members that they had recruited another much-needed trumpeter.
After the initial moment of exalted worship and lengthy introductions, I found that this band was completely unlike anything I had seen in high school.
At the end of the practice, they surprised me once again (one of the lesser-known talents of the Warriors Band), by telling me that we were playing our first engagement in Toronto. Wow. Not only was I a full member, I would get to debut with the Warriors Band in Varsity Stadium (not the prettiest stadium, but the name, the name). After that experience, I knew that the Warriors Band was the place for me (Yes, I do find circling Varsity Stadium while blasting “Barenaked Ladies” on the van stereo appealing).
I really became the band member that I am when we took the road trip to York. On the way, while listening to “Barenaked Ladies” I considered the Hilarity Factor of standing up at some point during the game and yelling “Alas, poor YORK! I knew him, Horatio”. Based upon my calculations, I thought it would be funny.
So after the tinny recording of the national anthem and before I sat down, I yelled my quotation. When the band had recovered from its twoÐsecond shocked silence, most of the more intellectual members broke out in uncontrollable laughter. After the trouncing of the Yeomen 44-1, and jumping on the Bandwagon (a Thrifty rent-avan), we started back to the friendly confines of Waterloo. Dave “King of Wipeout Drum-Solos” Confalonieri started calling me “Horatio”, and did not stop for quite some time.
From that time forth, at every football game, a Shakespearean quotation would be ready immediately following the national anthem. I have been requested to do encores when fewer than half the band members had actually heard the quotation.
The wildest and craziest experience I have had as a band member has to be the road trip to Western. Jim Spence (my second favourite trumpet player next to myself) and I insisted on being frisked at least twice by the cute Special Events girls. Once inside, we were strictly ordered not to provoke the Western fans. (That was the first game where I elected to not yell my Shakespearean quotation). Projectiles of every description were raining down on the band, demonstrating the true nature of the Western fans (and they were worried about what WE were going to do). It was fun drowning out the Western Mustangs Elementary School Track Sitting/Marching (?) Band.
As “Shakespeare” I have enjoyed the start of my career as a Warriors Band member, as well as enduring virtually every kind of weather Seagram Stadium has to offer (rain, snow, freezing temperatures, brilliant sunshine). In that regard, basketball is one of my favourite sports.
The basketball season will (as I have been told) bring out the best in the Warriors Band (wouldn’t you play your best if you knew you weren’t freezing your butt off on some splintered old wooden bench? I sure would). So far, I haven’t seen much basketball action, but it has promise.
At this time, I would just like to thank all the band members past and present, who have made all this possible. I would also like to say, hey, this is where I want to be:” in one of THE bands in Canada.
Doug “Shakespeare” Facey
November 6-8, 1991
The Warriors Band celebrates its 25th anniversary. I had the fun of working with an excellent group of rather strange people to organize the event. My thanks to the following people (in no particular order): Patricia Clarke, Dave Confalonieri, Chris Jacob, Megan Marlatt, Janette Pluister, Jim Spence, Shelley Clark, Martin Vierula, Rob Tyson, and Rick Rowan. We had over 80 WB alumni turn up at varying times over the weekend. The committee arranged for souvenir 25th Anniversary mugs, WB pins, and this edition of the WB history. Old friendships were renewed, new ones formed, and the most popular sentence of the weekend “Do you remember when…….”.
The basketball team co-operated with the reunion committee’s wishes and made it the to final of the Naismith Tournament. We unfortunately lost to St. F-X, but had the opportunity to watch some exciting basketball.
Thanks to all alumni who returned to campus and shared stories of old band events, and to those who sent in stories and pictures for the history. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Thanks band for 6 years of fun, frolic, and friends.
Leslie Ann MacKenzie
Chair, 25th Reunion committee
Editor, WB History