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The Washington Commanders reached back to their past to continue a tradition that became a hallmark of home games, restoring their marching band after a two-year absence, the team announced Thursday.
The marching band has been a major franchise since the team moved to Washington in 1937 and became famous for playing its battle song after touchdowns. They became common in the Washington area, routinely marching in the walls of the area.
However, the band had not had a presence during the last two seasons – first because the pandemic led to no fans in the stadium (except for one match), and then because the program was paused while the team renamed its name and logo.
While fans were worried about whether they would return, Commander President Jason Wright told ESPN last year that they always intended the band to return.
According to a release, the team will also renew the lyrics to their previous match song. The previous battle song, which debuted in 1938, underwent several revisions over the years.
The 60-man volunteer band – with woodwind, brass and percussion instruments – gets new burgundy-and-gold uniforms.
Washington replaced its cheerleaders with a coed dance team last season.
The team announced its new Commander’s name on February 2 and also unveiled new uniforms and a coat of arms.