Friday, February 27, 2015

World's Largest Marching Band at Dodger Stadium


Once upon a time I was a "Bando."  I wore a strange looking uniform with a giant unwieldy hat while carrying around a brass trombone I barely knew how to play.  And you know what, it was the time of my life.  I thoroughly enjoyed playing in my high school marching band, and often find myself thinking about those days with fondness.

So, when I came across the above patch on eBay (see auction here) I knew I had to find out more.  Unfortunately, information was rather scarce, so I apologize in advance for the poorly done research.  I would like to ask, though, for anyone who was a part of this glorious event to pass along their memories.  I'd really appreciate it.

Featured above is a patch given to participants of a Guinness Book of World Records event.  During the first homestand of the 1985 season 4,524 students from 52 local high schools descended on Dodger Stadium for a pregame show.  There were 3,182 musicians and 1,342 majorettes, flag bearers, drill team members and directors in total.  Best yet, they were to be conducted by the legendary Danny Kaye.  From what I understand, they played three songs and the National Anthem.

Below are a couple of photos found at the Library of Congress; as a part of the "Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection" in the Music Division.
(Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection, Library of Congress, Music Division)
(Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Collection, Library of Congress, Music Division)

And here is a color photograph from what looks like the top deck of Dodger Stadium.  There sure are a lot of "Bando's" on the field there.

I have no idea if this event still holds the record for the World's Largest Marching Band since the Guinness website doesn't appear to keep this particular record.
(photo via Airplane Life)

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13 comments:

  1. Hi Ernest, I remember participating and even have photos of the event but my shots seem to be from 1984. Was this a continuous event each year. I remember my band leader at the time mentioning that we were going to be in the Guinness Book of World's records.

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    1. I don't think it was a continuous event. I think Danny Kaye and the Dodgers only tried to do this once. I could be wrong, though.

      If you have any photos you are willing to share please pass them along.

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    2. Yes I remember this a drummer. DAnny Kaye kept starting and stopping the drum roll at the beginning of the National Anthem. He was and still is my favorite actor. He died soon after this and so they never did this again.

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    3. I remember that too, I loved him and it was an honor to be part of it!

      Jay Wiessner

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    4. Didnt they had us do some kinda dance routine during that performance. That was a fun night. I also remember him stopping the drum roll too.
      Marcus herrera
      Class of 85
      Arroyo high

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  2. I also recall that we all met outside of the stadium and had to march for what seemed like forever to be inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records as the Largest Marching Band Ever. good times :)

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  3. Annie, so true ! We all had to March outside the stadium to set this record. Fun times ! I'm one of the musicians that was there..I played drums...as I still play today 2016..I just get really sore now ! God bless...iran t. ( st.agatha gospel choir) Gma, M.T.N.A.

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    1. I was playing the trombone and remember the day od everyone stopping, 50 or more bone players running slides onto everyone lol. Good times :)

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  4. “THE FRONT RANK” – Pipefest 2005, Holyrood Park Edinburgh – 21 August 2005
    Photographed by Colin Dickson
    Woth 300 ranks an 9800 band members, the worlds largest marching band.

    http://www.clans2014.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/pipefest_front_rank.jpg

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  5. “THE FRONT RANK” – Pipefest 2005, Holyrood Park Edinburgh – 21 August 2005
    Photographed by Colin Dickson
    Woth 300 ranks an 9800 band members, the worlds largest marching band.

    http://www.clans2014.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/pipefest_front_rank.jpg

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  6. the group in Scotland is not a 'marching band' its just a big gaggle of musicians, mostly bagpipers. In 1973 all 22 high school bands from Fairfax County Virginia formed a band of 2,043 members that marched the 1.7 mile Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington DC; that should still be considered the record

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  7. I was there on the field rhat day with my high school, Walnut High School Band. I think I still have the patch somewhere. So much fun, we played "I love L.A." on the field.

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  8. I was in that picture. Norco High School marching band, I was in tall flags. I still have my patch. Does anybody know where I can get a copy of that photo?

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