Week 17: “25 or 6 to 4”

Music can take you anywhere, even when you’re stuck in a dark room with 20 people spinning their brains out.

Case in point? This week’s memorable song — Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” Who else played this song in pep band … sitting in freezing football stands or squeezed into bleachers during basketball games.?

Who played clarinet — or pretended to? Who had no desire to move from the third chair section because they shared a music stand with their high school crush during band practice?

Who has a great marching band uniform story? Whose pants were as wide as they were long?

Who went on band trips? Who got stuck in a motel room window while trying to sneak out the back way after curfew?

Who still has their high school instrument? Who gave it away to a school band program so that young students today could get involved with their schools’ music programs?

If you do have an instrument moldering away in your attic, consider giving it to your local school band program. They could use your help and support to keep music in the schools.

Last question — What would our world be like without music?


One thought on “Week 17: “25 or 6 to 4”

  1. It’s interesting you bring up Chicago’s 25 or 6 to 4… I have thought of this particular song often when thinking back to playing in the Marcus High School pep band. We must of have played it a lot. 🙂

    Pep bands have changed over the years. We still attend events like basketball games at our local high school. The pep band there consists of the entire marching band (easily 150+ kids). Can’t hear a thing when they play other than the music. They congregate and play a song or two before basketball game starts. Then they play the national anthem and of course the school song. Once the game begins, they disperse only to show up again at half time to play a couple more songs and the school song again. Then they disperse for good. Makes a big hole in the stands. It also disappoints me that they only show up once every two weeks for a game.

    Playing pep band in the early 70’s, we would play even if only a handful of kids showed up. Given that our entire high school (4 grades) consisted of < 300 kids, I guess maybe it was easier – or expected – to do things with fewer people. While we weren't as loud as a 150+ person band, we did play throughout the entire game. We also played at nearly every home game. Oh well, times change… and some things stay the same… I still like Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4. Thanks Julie -Bruce


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