Can you NAME THAT (college fight song) TUNE?
Nothing says autumn like a packed football stadium and the pageantry of a marching band! Even if you’re not a die-hard fan, the blaring trumpets, the pulsing drums, the clashing cymbals, the boundless pride and the spectacular march-in-step routines that parade across your tv screen - are sure to get you humming a few bars!
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"Victory March" is the fight song for the University of Notre Dame. The Rev. Michael J. Shea, a 1905 Notre Dame graduate, wrote the music, and his brother, John F. Shea, wrote the original lyrics. The chorus is so recognizable that, according to John Lukacs of ESPN, “it almost transcends sports” and the eminent college football historian Beano Cook ranked Victory March "the fourth most well-known song in the country, behind only 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' 'Happy Birthday' and 'White Christmas'." The University of Notre Dame Band was declared a “Landmark of American Music” by the National Music Council.
Even opponents have been unable to resist its lure. Legendary USC coach John McKay found himself humming the "Victory March" while walking off the field at Notre Dame Stadium after his defending national champion Trojans were defeated 23-14 in 1973. "There was nothing else to hum," quipped McKay.
"Fight On" is the fight song of the University of Southern California. It was composed in 1922 by USC dental student Milo Sweet, with lyrics added by Glen Grant, for a student spirit competition. The song is played at all USC sports competitions, as well as many other USC related events, by the Spirit of Troy, the USC Marching Band.
According to legend, Fight On blared from the deck of a transport ship as the Americans stormed an island held by the Japanese during World War II. On hearing the song, the troops let out a tremendous roar -- and eventually won the Aleutian Campaign.
"The Victors" is the fight song of the University of Michigan. It was composed by student Louis Elbel in 1898 following the last-minute victory over the University of Chicago that clinched a football league championship. Alumnus Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, often had the Naval band play the fight song prior to state events - instead of "Hail to the Chief".
John Philip Sousa is said to have called The Victors, "the greatest college fight song ever written."
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