Brown Band Founded

Although there were informal bands that played at campus occasions prior to 1924, it was Irving Harris, Class of 1928, who organized what would become the Brown Band. The resourceful Harris borrowed some drums stored on campus by the Navy after World War I and led the band in their first parade to the Stadium (following its dedication in 1925), in which they enthusiastically played the one song they knew, on repeat. Within just a few years, the band was playing at football, hockey and baseball games, as well as community concerts, the welcoming of first year students and campus sings.