This band got played.
A day after being promised they could return to action, the Columbia University marching band was banished to the stands Saturday, an embarrassing snub ahead of the team’s homecoming game.
“It was just so last second,” said the band’s manager, Cameron Danesh-Pajou, 21, as he and other players watched from their seats.
“They said no field shows.”
He said no reason was given as to why the performers were not allowed back on the grass just a day after Columbia president Lee Bollinger claimed the school and band had “resolved the issues that needed attending to.”
He added Friday that the unit “will again be playing at this homecoming weekend.”
Some were somewhat satisfied they were allowed blast their horns and bang their drums, despite being ordered not to march.
“It’s a little frustrating that we’re not completely back yet, but we’re happy to be back,” said trumpeter Katelyn McPaul, 19.
“I was excited and a little bit worried about what freedoms we still had.”
They played “Roar Lion Roar” “Fanfare” “Baby Shark” “Show Up and Dance” while also doing push-ups during the game, which Columbia won, 44-6, over the University of Pennsylvania.
The 45-member brass-and-drums corp had hoped its festering fight with the school was fully over.
Columbia shut them down last month, claiming the long-standing group hadn’t applied in time to be recognized this year.
Some believed the real reason involved objections to their cheeky antics, such as playing CeeLo Green’s ‘F–k You” outside Trump Tower in 2016 and cheering for the opposing team.
A high school band from Staten Island stepped in as replacements for the team’s first home game on Sept. 28.
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