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Born in 1915, the Rutgers University Band is one of the oldest in the country.

Starting as an 11-member band, it played the music for the Rutgers College Cadet Corps’ weekly drills. It soon grew into other aspects of the school, such as playing its first football game in 1921.

The band now has over 200 members.

Their song traditions include:

“The Bells Must Ring” – Played for every touchdown with the blast of the cannon, and includes the famous “RU Rah Rah” cheer. This song is named for Olde Queens Bell which is rung for every winning season.

“Colonel Rutgers” – Played for the football team as they enter the field and at the start and end of each half at Basketball games.

“Loyal Sons” – Played at the close of each home football game. A tradition that has endured throughout the years.

“Knight Call” – Played as the defensive battlecry of the Scarlet Knight.

(Source: http://band.scarletknights.com/tradition.htm)

The Rutgers University band performing at Yankee Stadium during a football game between Rutgers and Army.

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Written by Paulo Loreto

January 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

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