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(Taken from the Pep Band website.)

Scramble (or "scatter") bands perform humorous halftime shows with a voiced over script and include skits, jokes, parodies, and satire. They do not march, but rather scramble from place to place in an inefficient fashion. The formations and songs presented on the field are generally related to the jokes, if they are not the actual punchlines themselves. Scramble bands tend to play arrangements of rock and roll, blues, or soul songs, television theme songs, beer commercial music, etc. - they avoid Sousa marches, Latin fanfares, and classical arrangements like the Plague. Scramble bands are likely to have people playing non-traditional instruments such as mailboxes (Columbia), mannequins (Princeton), or violins, slide whistles, and Poulan Weedwackers (us). These people, referred to variously as miscellaneous (or miscies), trash percussion, or managers, often do not play at all - they might dance, juggle, or just cavort. Scramble bands are prone to dressing strangely and looking wacky - definitions of the uniforms tend to be spacious, and are generally supplemented and customized by distinctive hats, pins and buttons, creative individual fashion statements, and often outright costumes. Scramble bands overwhelmingly tend to be run by the students in them (and not by some faculty member).

The Pep Band spells "UVA" during a show.

In short, scramble bands are what the college experience is all about - freedom of thought and expression, individuality, creativity, questioning of the sacred and revered, having a grand good time, having a sense of humor (and a sense of humility), and most of all learning - learning how to lead, organize, politick, negotiate, and take responsibility (and maybe even how to generate and survive a little controversy). It is no coincidence that scramble bands are found at the top universities in the country.

The other scramble bands are:

 

 

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