I recently asked this in the thread about the removal of sections in the uperdeck. Seeing that a few others are also asking the same thing, as mentioned in the thread about the Funky Four, I figured I'd start a separate thread and not derail those other threads.
I noticed something during Sundayís home opener that I was disappointed with. Itís not how the team performed, as they played well and made me optimistic about the rest of the season. However, I am concerned about the lack of musical performance by another team. It appears as if the marching band has been demoted and replaced by a recording.
After three of the four Graham Gano PAT's on Sunday a recording of ďHail to the RedskinsĒ was played instead of the band performing it. The marching band did play HTTR after each touchdown, but it was only the first chorus.
We have a Hall of Fame marching band that lives to play the oldest and most well known NFL fight song and instead the band sits idol while someone plays a recording. You know who else plays a recording of their fight song? The freakin' Eagles! (Plus a number of other teams, like Chicago, Green Bay, and Minnesota; but I figured the Eagles reference would resonate a bit more.) Listening to that recording, even though it was HTTR, gave me the vibe of being at another teamís stadium. Itís not the same without the band.
Frequent ES poster SonnyandSam made a valid point that sometimes it's hard to hear the band, so folks' timing is off when it comes to singing. I agree with him on that, and I beleive the video is a good idea. But the band has to play the song. It's not the same when its a recording. If rock bands can sync video to their live concert performance, I'm sure they can do the same with the band and that video. Some sort of communication link (which I believe they already have) should be used so that the band director and video operator can start both at the same time. The video would have to be sped up just a bit as the tempo of that old recording is slow, compared to the tempo of the marching band.
I have sent an e-mail to the team, though I don't expect them to change it based on just one person's comments. And the season won't be ruined for me if they keep it this way. What happens on the field is most important. But the marching band is one of many things that make the Washington Redskins unique. Letís keep this tradition.