We attended the Texas Bowl, where players, fans and coaches were good sportsmen.
At the end of the game, the Missouri players left the field and most of the Missouri fans had left. The Missouri marching band played the Missouri alma mater and the fight song. Navy players, fans and midshipmen waited patiently at the other end of the field for the Missouri band to finish.
When Missouri finished, the Navy Drum and Bugle Corps (small in number compared to the Missouri band) started playing the historical Navy Blue and Gold. At this point, the Missouri band blasted the Missouri fight a second time and completely drowned out Navy's turn to sing their alma mater.
This was completely uncalled for and disgraceful on the part of the Missouri band. The Navy players and midshipmen will be our future leaders in protecting our country starting next May. The entire incident was embarrassing for the the Missouri fans and disappointing for the Navy fans and Navy midshipmen. Someone needs to talk to the Missouri band director.
Margaret Fries lives in The Woodlands, Texas. Her husband is an MU alumnus.