October 12th, 2011
02:56 PM ET
Ivy League football fans received a surprise guest Saturday. New York Magazine's Vulture reports that Bill Murray showed up at the Harvard-Cornell game and “conducted” the Harvard Band.
Murray, 61, appeared from the stands after the band played the “Ghostbusters” theme song and showed his school spirit.
"This guy in pink pants walked up and said, 'Hey, play that song again,'" said Harvard University Band Manager Rachel L. Hawkins to The Harvard Crimson. "He kind of appeared out of nowhere.”
Hawkins noted that the “Ghostbusters” theme is part of the band’s usual set list. “It was very serendipitous," she said of Murray's attendance.
Later, the actor came by and pretended to conduct the band as they played the school fight songs.
Band member Sebastian Gomez told The Crimson that Murray was attending the game with his Harvard alum pal, James M. Downey, who happens to be Robert Downey Jr.’s uncle and a former “Saturday Night Live" writer.
According to the Washington Post, Murray loves stopping in for a brief pep band fix. The actor conducted George Mason University’s band last year, similarly swooping in from the stands.
Murray’s enthusiasm must have spurred the team to victory; Harvard beat Cornell 41-31.
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