Bill Murray surprises Harvard's marching band
October 12th, 2011
02:56 PM ET

Bill Murray surprises Harvard's marching band

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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  1. South

    Just once, I hope I'll get to meet Bill Murray.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. .

    Yes, they should. That's why I'm still waiting for the tabloids to do their jobs (late).

    October 18, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jinx

    So he has known about this for years and he's not exactly been careful, its absolutely shocking and people should know.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. .

    If I tell you how I found this out, I am likely to comprimise my own interests, and the continued value of my resources. What I will tell you, is this: I did my homework...and he's been expecting this for years. That is all I can tell you.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jinx

    Maybe to verify it.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sandra Dee

    Great article. Think I would have used a picture (or that video) of him at the event, though. The pic this article used is pretty old.

    October 13, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. noname

    Bill Murray: AIDS wasting syndrome

    October 13, 2011 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marrok

    Forgot stupid cow

    October 13, 2011 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Marrok

    Thanks to charlie crack, moodancer, fix in tx, missy, mr ed, starfire for making marquee blogs bad and boring.

    October 13, 2011 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. faker

    Faker faker faaaaKeer-not the real charlie crack. I think it is so funny how u are so obsessed with some1 u don't know. Lmao

    October 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. charlie crack

    Hey PUNK. Email me and say that. I am THE MAN. A Kung Fu Judo man.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. trolly troll

    Tess is us trolls honey. Like BV is to charly butt cracks.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Missy

    I love Bill Murray. I think he is a comedic genius!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. me too

    That tess is way awesome. First to post and everything. Plus she thinks Bill Murray is ok. Tess is THE BEST !

    October 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anomic Office Drone

    Bill Murray is the man, and every time I read something about him I like him even more.

    If immortality is possible, let's start with Bill Murray.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. phil murray

    Tess, you rule ! Plus a way pretty girl ! You are truly awesome !

    October 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tess tikul

    i was firsty aaaaaand stayed on topic about bill muray. i wish he would be in more movies.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  18. tess tikul

    fiiiiirsty. im soooooo firsty. anyone got some ice wa? bill murray is funny.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |

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