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the name change in UB’s marching band?
I noted with interest your article in the Winter 2000 issue of
UB Today about the return of UB’s marching band after a 27-year
absence. As a student from 1966-70, it is my recollection that
in those days the band was called the Pride of the East, not Thunder
of the East, which it now seems to be. Why the name change?
Michael G. Parker, B.A. ’70
New York, New York
Frank Cipolla, UB professor emeritus of music and former marching
band director, affirms that 'Pride of the East' was the marching
band’s name during this era; moreover, it was an apt sobriquet.
"That was the idea, to establish ourselves as one of the best
bands in the East, and so we came up with the name." The years
1966-70 "were prime years of the band," with band members-up to
250 at one point-involved in a host of activities, including a
fraternity and a sorority established within the band, and participation
in the U.S. presidential inaugural parade of January 1969.
According to current band director Mark Flynn, participating UB
students chose 'Thunder of the East' for the revitalized ensemble
and because of the similar name that Syracuse University now has
for its marching ensemble, 'Pride of the Orange.' Flynn credits
the students with "the whole idea of bringing back the band" following
its lengthy absence from campus life.
returns to campus with her kids
This past summer my family and I spent
our vacation in Canada, stopping first for a couple of days in
Buffalo. It was a very pleasant surprise. My itinerary included
showing my children (ages 7, 10 and 12) the UB campus, "dining"
at Duff’s and visiting some friends from my college days. Our
first stop was the new stadium on the North Campus. We were lucky
enough to have one of the football team managers show us around
the stadium and fill us in on how sports at the university have
improved over the past 21 years. We then visited the natatorium
(swimming pool), which was the highlight for my children, who
are all competitive swimmers. It is a wonderful venue for swimming
competition. My children and I were very impressed.
The next stop was the Ellicott dorms to
find my old room. Not only was I able to remember the room, but
there was a resident advisor on the floor who opened the door
for us. She couldn’t believe I came back 25 years later to show
my children my old dorm room. Not much had changed, and it brought
back wonderful memories for me (most of which I would not repeat
to my children!). Our trip also included a walk around the Main
Street campus, which I did not recognize, and a trip downtown
on the Buffalo metro system.
I am so glad we made the trip, for my
children and especially for me. I would certainly not mind my
children benefiting from these terrific improvements in the coming
Sharon Price Strassberg, B.A. ’78
Scarsdale, New York
Pan-Am building is family holding
I received UB Today and immediately read the articles concerning
the Pan-American Exposition. There is at least one state building
standing today in addition to the New York State Building, now
the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society. Our family owns
the structure that was the Wisconsin State Building at the exposition.
Following the close of the exposition, it was moved to Point Abino,
Ontario, for use as a summer home. My parents purchased the home
in 1965 and have added to the collection of Pan-American Exposition
trivia and collectibles that were in the house at that time.
Warren J. Alcock III, J.D. ’77 & B.A. ’74
Reader intrigued by web report
on Pan-Am show
The website for UB Today is nicely done-many interesting aspects
of the Pan-American Exposition are presented in a concise form.
I did not know about the planned virtual tour, and I look forward
to seeing it. I also think the PBS documentary is a great idea.
Good luck with all your plans.
Buffalo, New York