The Columbia University Marching Band voted to liquify itself over the weekend after more than a century of presence, citing a foundation of bigotry and sexual misconduct, according to the Columbia Spectator.The band, which
has had numerous disputes with the university for several years, was stripped of its university financing in 2019 after failing to register as an acknowledged student group. That registration was a condition for the group continuing to get funding after violating university rules to hold a show in the library in 2017. In a declaration offered to the Viewer, the band’s management said the decision to dissolve was the outcome of “anonymous posts and accusations of sexual misconduct, assault, theft, racism, and injury to people and the Columbia community as a whole, “which were gone over throughout a Sept. 12 town hall meeting.In the statement, leadership expressed a belief that the organization was so structurally corrupt that it was beyond reform.”The Band has unanimously and enthusiastically chose to dissolve. The Columbia University Marching Band will not continue to exist in any capability and will no longer serve as a Columbia spirit group,”the statement states. “The Columbia University Marching Band says sorry for insult and injury victims have experienced as a result of actions perpetrated in its name. The Band has actually preserved a club structure established on the basis of racism, cultural injustice, misogyny, and sexual harassment. While considerable efforts have been made over the last few years toward undoing decades of misbehavior, we as a Band feel eventually that it is difficult to reform an organization so grounded in prejudiced culture and customs.” The marching band (!!) at @Columbia was obviously “established on the basis of bigotry, cultural injustice, misogyny, … https://t.co/nDOAJkYRmm
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Earlier this month, the band released a statement about problems within the group that triggered calls for dissolution and led some members of the band’s leadership to step down.
“The CUMB has extremely serious problems when it concerns bigotry, sexual attack, and alcohol culture,” a Sept. 2 read, according to the Spectator.Although it remains possible that a new band will be formed in the future, some fear that the spirit of the band that served the university for 116 years will be lost.
“The band is gone, and if and when it returns, it will be exactly what the corporations bankrolling Ivy League sports specifically because Ivy League sports is an important facility power recognition and training system, want it to be,” said Steve Greenfield, a previous drum significant from the class of 1982.