This Saturday, October 5, at 1 p.m., the undefeated Princeton Tigers football team will play a home game against the Columbia Lions to open Ivy League play.

At half time the Princeton University Marching Band — a scramble band, in the style of all the Ivies save for Cornell — will take the field and perform a skit that mocks the other team. Under normal circumstances, the Columbia band would do the same.

But this weekend, and this season, there will be no Columbia band. While neither school’s band is a stranger to controversial skits and antics that occasionally cross a line — Princeton band members were verbally and physically assaulted during a 2008 visit to the Citadel when they marched through a campus memorial to fallen alumni — the Lions band will be absent for a far more mundane reason.

As the New York Times reported this week, the band has been banned this season after failing to meet a deadline to submit paperwork for university funding. Columbia band members who bring their own instruments to games have been threatened with disciplinary action, and the university’s athletic department is planning to appoint a music director and hold tryouts for a new band at the end of the football season.

Meanwhile, for tickets to this weekend’s one-band game, visit www.goprince­

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