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Fi ng e r swe a r i nghi sTubaChr i s tma sha t TubaChr i s tma si samor er e c e nta ddi ti on tothel i s tsoftr a di ti ons obs e r v e d bythePur dueUni v e r s i tytuba s . TubaChr i s tma si sa ne v e nt i n De c e mbe rwhe r etubapl a ye r sa nd ba r i tonepl a ye r sg a the rf r om a l l ov e r ,pl a yi ngac onc e r tofChr i s tma sc a r ol s . Ma nyofthepa r ti c i a pa nts ha v ene v e rme tbe f or ea nd wi l lne v e rme e ta g a i n,butthe yc ometog e the ra nywa ya nd r e he a r s eaf e w hour sbe f or ethe ype r f or mf oral i v e a udi e nc e . TubaChr i s tma swa ss ta r te di n1 974 i n honorofWi l l i a m J. Be l l ,bor n on Chr i s tma sda yof1 902. Pur dueUni v e r s i tybe g a n hos ti ng a nd pa r ti c i pa ti ngi n TubaChr i s tma s4 or5 ye a r sa g o,a nd wi l lmos t l i k e l yc onti nuetobeapa r tofthel i v e sofPur duetuba sa nd a l umni e v e r yDe c e mbe rf orma nyye a r stoc ome .


ti on Ki r aa nd Fi ng e r spa r ti c i pa ti ngi n ati me honor e d tr a di ti on oftheAAMB Tooba h Se c Oneoftheol de s ta nd mos tbe l ov e d tr a di ti onsi n theAl l Ame r i c a n Ma r c hi ngBa nd’ s tooba hs e c ti on i sk now byones i mpl ewor d: “SATCHEL! ”. Noneofthea l umnito whom Iha v es pok e nc a nr e me mbe rati mewi thoutthes a tc he l ,norc a n ther e me mbe rwhe r ei tbe g a n. Thetr a di ti on ofs a tc he l i ngi sv e r ys i mpl yc a r r i e d on. One me mbe rofthetooba hs e c ti on ma k e saf i s t,ta r g e tsa nothe rtooba h me mbe r ,a nd ye l l s ,“SATCHEL, ”a f te rwhi c h the yha v ef i v es e c ondstoc onne c ttha tf i s twi th the ta r g e te d tooba h me mbe r ’ ste s ti c l e s . Thes a tc he l e ei sa l l owe d tobl oc kore v a dethe s a tc he l l e r ’ sa s s a ul t,a sl onga snophys i c a lha r mc ome stothes a tc he l l e r . Theonl y s a tc he lwhi c hc a n bec a r r i e d outus i nga nythi ngbutaf i s ti sthel e g e nda r yDoubl e Foote d Me l e éSa tc he l ,whi c hc ons i s tsofthes a tc he l l e rj umpi nga nd c onne c ti ngboth f e e t,a tthes a meti me ,wi th thes a tc he l e e ’ ste s ti c l e s . Ne e dl e s stos a y,the r ei sa f e ma l ef or m ofthes a tc he l ,thoug hi ti nv ol v e snov i ol e nc e . Howe v e r ,thepr oc e dur e f orthef e ma l es a tc he li sac l os e l yg ua r de ds e c r e tk nown onl ytothetooba hs e c ti on l e a de r ,a nd ha snotbe e nk nowi ng l ya c he i v e di n wr i tte n ors pok e n ba ndl or e .


Tooba h Ha i l ,a twome n’ sba s k e tba l l A qui tee nte r ta i ni ngtr a di ti on ofthePur dueTuba s(mor ei nc l us i v ete r m tha n “tooba h” be c a us ei ti snotl i mi te d tome mbe r softheAAMB)i sc a l l e d TubaHa i l . Pl a ye d onl ya twome n’ sba s k e tba l lg a me s ,TubaHa i li sav e r ydr a ma ti cv e r s i on of Ha i lPur due ,whi c hs ta r tswi th as l ow tubas ol ipl a yi ngthec hor usofHa i lPur due . Theba nd i te r r uptsthetuba stwi c e ,unti lthetuba ss udde nl ypl a yf a s te ra nd r un l e f ti n onebi gc i r c l e . The n,themus i cs l ows ,thetuba ss top mov i ng ,a nd be nd ov e rba c k wa r d,wi th theul ti ma teg oa lofg e tti ngthebe l lofthetooba ha sc l os eto thec our ta spos s i bl e ,e v e n tr yi ngtotouc hi t. Fe wc a ns a ythe y’ v es uc c e e de di n the i re nde a v oroff l e x i bi l i ty. Thef a nsl ov ethi str a di ti on,a nd c he e rf orthetuba s a sthe ya tte mpttoi mi ta teac e pha l opod i na na ma zi ngba c k be ndi ngf e a t. The c r owd e v e ng i v e ss ympa thyc he e r stothetuba swhof a l lwhi l s ttr yi ngtode f ythe i r s pi na lc ol umn. TubaHa i lof te ne v e ng e tstheoppos i ngte a ms ’f a nsc he e r i ng . Thi s i soneofmyf a v or i tetr a di ti onstoc onti nue .


Epi cTooba hs e c ti on photo

I n mys e c ti on,wedonotpl a ys ous a phone s . Wec a l louri ns tr ume ntsa nd our s e l v e s“Tooba hs ”,duetoe x pe r i e nc e sr e g a r di ngi ns ul tsthr own a tusbyI ndi a na Uni v e r s i tyf a nsa boutourtooba hs . Tooba h,the r e f or e ,i snotami s s pe l l i ng ,but awa yofl i f ef orthePur dueUni v e r s i tyTooba h Se c ti on. Tooba h tr a di ti on di c ta te stha twi thi n thef i r s twe e kofba nd i n theSumme r ,c ommonl yr e f e r r e d to a s“ba nd c a mp”,e a c h ne w me mbe rofthes e c ti on i sg i v e n ani c k na me . Toa v oi d l e g a lc onf r onta ti ons ,i fonei sof f e nde d byone ’ sa s s i g ne d ni c k na me ,onei sa l l owe d tor e que s ta na l te r na ti v e ,thoug h thi sha sne v e rha ppe ne di n thehi s tor yofthe tooba hs e c ti on. TheAl l Ame r i c a n Ma r c hi ngBa nd Tooba hsf r om 201 0a r ea sf ol l ows : Lunc hbox ,Hi g h Li f e ,Fi ng e r s ,Kl e pti c usMa x i mus(Kl e pty),Af te r s hoc k , MFS,Mya a a a tDwa s on,Roa c h,Tr e be k ,Gump (me ),OPS,Fl os s i e ,Ca pta i n Ka r ma ,Te tons ,Cr a c k e r ,Wa te r g a te ,[ I ns e r tNa meHe r e ]Le e ,Woody,Sha g g y, Ti be r i ous ,a nd Fe r g i e .

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