The Making of University of Michigan History

Revelli lays down baton...

William D. Revelli retired after 37 years as director of the UM Marching Band and Symphonic Band. Under his direction the Marching Band gained international acclaim for its musical abilities, intricate formations and high-stepping style. Revelli's bands were the first to score original music to band shows, to synchronize music and movement, to use an announcer, to do a post-game show, and the first to host a high school Band Day. Revelli died in 1994 at age 92.

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Photo Source: William Revelli conducting at Michign Stadium, 1969; William Revelli Papers, Box 6, Conducting