Arthur P. Barnes - Arrangements


Barnes turned over three hundred popular rock songs into marching band arrangements; these included:

  • "All Right Now", the school's de facto fight song,
  • a version of "Uncle John's Band" used on the Grateful Dead tribute album Stolen Roses, and
  • the Stanford Band's signature arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner".

When he joined the band as its director, the musical style was in line with that of other bands, typical military marching fare. Barnes decided to change things and give Stanford a sound that would set it apart from other bands. He scrapped the Native American themed fight songs that had gone along with Stanford's mascot, the Indian, and sought a new fight song.

Barnes had a tough time convincing the students that a song from British band Free could represent the university, but to this day, students and alumni still jump during "All Right Now", the school's de facto fight song. While "Come Join The Band" has been the official fight song since long before Stanford had a scatter band, the band plays "All Right Now" before every game, after every touchdown or field goal, after every Stanford win (when they play their "Victory Mix"), and as the last song of any set that they perform.

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