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BU Fight Song Officially Recorded at Anderson Center
March 4, 2013
by David O’Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton Sports Information Office
In the fall of 2008, BU Pep Band Director Mo Taylor had a goal to compose an official fight song for Binghamton University. He was entering his third year as the leader of the band (which is referred to as the Screamin’ Green).
Since he became the director, Taylor had grown the Screamin’ Green in both numbers and routines. But unlike the other pep bands in the America East, Binghamton lacked a fight song.
That was about to change.
“It took me about 30 minutes one night to write it,” Taylor said. “I love Binghamton and this song was going to be my tribute to the university.”
Fast forward to March 2, 2013. The Screamin’ Green and the Binghamton Wind Ensemble are gathered in the Anderson Center on Campus. Their goal is to make an official recording of the Binghamton fight song. That recording will become a permanent part of the university’s history and become a staple in bookstores and during presentations.
Binghamton Wind Ensemble Director Dan Fabricius was excited to be a part of the recording session. With many of his students having played in band settings during high school, the transition to joining the Screamin’ Green for this event was seamless.
“This is a great service to the university for us to take part in this event,” Fabricius said. “Many of our students played in marching bands and symphonies back in high school so this was an easy adjustment and a great experience for them.”
The Binghamton Fight Song was first played during the women’s basketball team’s game against Portland State at the Events Center on Nov. 21, 2008. The Screamin’ Green serenaded the Bearcats with it when they came out onto the court before the start of each half as well as after the game. At first, few of the spectators knew what to make of the new song.
Four months later, however, the Screamin’ Green was part of two of the biggest games in school history – the 2009 America East Men’s Basketball title game on ESPN2 and the first round NCAA Tournament men’s basketball game against Duke on CBS. By then, the Binghamton faithful knew exactly what the fight song meant.
The March 2 Binghamton fight song recording, however, meant the most to Taylor. Five years after he quickly composed the piece, it was being permanently recorded as a piece of Binghamton history.
“Never in a million years did I think a song that I wrote would be played in a symphony setting,” Taylor said. “This has been a totally unbelievable experience and a very inspiring night for me.”