According to the website College Marching, the University of Connecticut Marching Band will not perform this fall at football games, announced by band Director David Mills on Friday.
According to The UConn Blog sources, this will extend to any fall semester sporting event. This includes any basketball or hockey games scheduled for 2020.
This will be the first time the band will not perform at football games since it was founded in 1896.
This is the first indication of how UConn home football games could look like in the fall. With their first home game against UMass less than three months away. It also seems unlikely that fans will be allowed to attend games if the band is even barred from attending, although anything is possible.
Even disregarding fan attendance, without the Pride of Connecticut, the TV viewing experience of UConn football will be hollow. Even if you only pay attention to the band enough to know when to sing the words of a fight song, you would recognize it’s gaping absence in football more than any other sport. If college football is played this fall without bands, it sure as hell won’t feel like college football.