Published: Sept. 30, 2015 By

marching band on the field

The Golden Buffalo Marching Band has a special "Colorado Throwback" halftime show planned for Family Weekend (October 3) and Homecoming (October 17).

Whether you’re returning to Boulder or just walking across campus for Homecoming 2015, the Golden Buffalo Marching Band hopes to get you in the Colorado spirit during halftime at the Buffs-Arizona football game.

“Our goal is to encompass iconic Colorado features or concepts,” explains Director Matthew Roeder. “This is a time when alumni return to share their memories and traditions with current students. It’s a special opportunity to remind them of what they loved about being here—whether it’s the lifestyle, the beauty, their academic or social experiences, or the spirit of the university.”

To that end, the show starts off with a medley of Colorado imagery: John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” and the Eagles’ “Rocky Mountain Way.”

“They’re classic songs, and focus on Colorado as a whole,” says Roeder.

Next up will be a dance tune, featuring the CU dance team and the color guard. “We needed to narrow it down, so we picked the song ‘Love Runs Out’ by One Republic, who is originally from Colorado Springs,” Roeder explains.

Finally, for the “bring it back to Boulder” portion of the show, Roeder says the band will perform “In the Mood,” made famous by CU-Boulder alumnus Glenn Miller. “We thought it was fitting to end it that way, since Glenn Miller attended CU.”

The band will also perform the “Colorado Throwback” show during this Saturday night’s Family Weekend game against Oregon, but Roeder says homecoming will be the main event. “We always have some marching band alumni come back and play with the band during the Pearl Street Stampede and at the end of halftime,” Roeder says. “It’ll be really neat for them to be back in the stands during the game, reminiscing and sharing traditions with current members.”

Homecoming Weekend is October 15-18, with the Buffaloes football game and the marching band’s halftime performance on Saturday, Oct. 17. For more events happening that weekend, visit the Alumni Association’s website. Kickoff for the Family Weekend game against the University of Oregon is this Saturday at 8 p.m. Find more information about Family Weekend here.