Columbia University marching band votes to disband after 116 years

Columbia University's marching band has claimed to disband after 116 years, declaring itself to be irreparably rooted in racism and oppression.

Following a vote on Saturday, the band's leadership, known as the Bored, issued a statement saying that it has 'maintained a club structure founded on the basis of racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment.'

'The Band has unanimously and enthusiastically decided to dissolve. The Columbia University Marching Band will not continue to exist in any capacity and will no longer serve as a Columbia spirit group,' the statement added. 

'The Band understands that for many, the damage experienced at the hands of the CUMB may be irreparable, and the Band will not be asking for or expecting any forgiveness,' the group said.

Columbia University's marching band has claimed to disband after 116 years, declaring itself to be irreparably rooted in racism and oppression. Above, band members are seen on campus

Columbia University's marching band has claimed to disband after 116 years, declaring itself to be irreparably rooted in racism and oppression. Above, band members are seen on campus

Following a vote on Saturday, the band's leadership, known as the Bored, issued a statement saying that it has 'maintained a club structure founded on the basis of racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment'. Above, a member is seen in an undated photo

Following a vote on Saturday, the band's leadership, known as the Bored, issued a statement saying that it has 'maintained a club structure founded on the basis of racism, cultural oppression, misogyny, and sexual harassment'. Above, a member is seen in an undated photo

The statement did not address specific allegations against the group, which is known for its history of obnoxious pranks and has long been at odds with school administrators.

However, the decision followed a letter to the Bored from five current and former members, urging the group's dissolution due to alleged traditions of misconduct, according to The Columbia Spectator, a student newspaper.

In a statement, Columbia University administrators said: 'We respect efforts of the band's student leadership to address in a serious manner recent reports of offensive and unacceptable conduct entirely at odds with the values of our university.' 

Columbia's marching band had called itself 'the cleverest band in the world,' and claimed to have pioneered the 'scramble band' format.

Scramble bands rush into formations and play in place, rather than playing as they march into configuration, reducing the practice demands on the Ivy League students.

The Columbia University marching band entertains tax filers and others outside the James A. Farley Main Post Office in New York, shortly before midnight on Tuesday April, 15 in 2008

The Columbia University marching band entertains tax filers and others outside the James A. Farley Main Post

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