Redskins Band tradition and memories of old RFK

My season ticket seats at FedEx Field were in Section 110. The Washington Redskins drumline puts on an act in the concourse behind that section after every home game. Traffic leaving the stadium grounds was so bad – it takes close to an hour just to exit the parking lots – that staying in to watch the show became my post-game ritual. It still is whenever I take in a game.

Some kind person put up a memory-inducing segment of the drumline's show on YouTube. I think it's worth a look. Good times.

Appreciative listeners should toss wadded dollar bills to the band as they play. That's what the helpers are picking up off the floor. The tip is part of the tradition. It's not tradition to jump in the middle of the line and dance to the beat. Very large men discourage that, veeery quickly.

Thanks to the secondary ticket market, I can go to any game and be seated anywhere I choose without being a season ticket holder. That wasn't true with old RFK. During the Lombardi-Allen-Gibbs run, a 56,000-seat stadium was not large enough to absorb the demand. Season ticket holding families were DC nobility. Tickets were rarely resold. If they were, the up charge was $100.00 over face value and the buyer was glad to pay it.

Jack Kent Cooke built his new stadium, the "beloved" FedEx Field to take all comers. Sadly, that means anyone from Pittsburgh, Philly and Dallas. Don't get bummed when you see all "those people" at our place. The Squire designed it that way to soak up their dollar. Sentiment has no place in business or in football. Cooke knew that. That's why he was rich and we are not.  

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Anthony Brown

About Anthony Brown

Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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