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Past University Musical Society President Gail Rector in 1971 stands on stage with technicians at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, just before the center opens for the first time. (Photo courtesy of the University Musical Society)

This month in history (42 years ago)

The Marching Band won national fame not just for its performances at Michigan Stadium. It also won recognition at other campuses, notably during the Rose Bowl games in Pasadena, California, when the football team competed, and at the Super Bowl game Jan. 14, 1973, in Los Angeles. That day, it was viewed by millions during the national telecast. George Cavender, who succeeded legendary conductor William Revelli in 1971, led the band onto the field.

— From “The University of Michigan, an Encyclopedic Survey”



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