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Published on Apr 14, 2007
In what might be the most infamous marching band performance in history, the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) put on a halftime field show in late 1990 at the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium, poking fun at the northwestern state's ailing logging industry and its troubles with the endangered northern spotted owl by, amongst other things, suggesting that Oregonians try growing marijuana for a living instead of cutting down trees.
The show, needless to say, didn't go over well with the home crowd. Not well at all. Even Stanford's spirited rendition of Monty Python's "The Lumberjack Song" failed to soothe the bruised sensibilities of angry Ducks fans.
It would be three long years before the Stanford Band would even be allowed back into the State of Oregon, by order of the Governor, and more than a decade would elapse before it was again invited to perform in Eugene.
SELECTIONS FROM THE SCRIPT:
FORMATION: Chainsaw NARRATOR #1: "Attention all trees! Those guys with the red flannel shirts and cute li'l suspenders may not be that cute at all. Believe you me, their bite is worse than your bark. So pack up the bushes and shrubs and get the elm outta Dodge."
FORMATION: "OWL" goes to "AWOL" in the middle of the song. NARRATOR #1: "Mr. Spotted Owl! Mr. Spotted Owl! Your environment has been destroyed, your home is now a roll of Brawny, and your family has flown the coop. What are you going to do?" NARRATOR #2: "Me? I'm going to Disney World."