Colts' Band plays on, this time for Eagles' Braman

December 24, 1993|By Jon Morgan

The Baltimore Colts' Band -- which for nine years has provided the musical score to the city's mournful loss of the team -- will play Sunday at the Philadelphia Eagles' game, honoring Norman Braman, the only team owner to vote in favor of Baltimore's NFL expansion bid.

The band this year performed its 30th NFL halftime show since the 1984 move of the Colts to Indianapolis. The performance in Philadelphia for the Eagles-New Orleans Saints game was set up in September, before the league's awarding of expansion franchises to Charlotte, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla.

"We decided that we would like to honor Mr. Braman that day," band leader John Zieman said. Braman provided one of two "no" votes when the franchise was awarded to Jacksonville; the other vote came from a supporter of St. Louis' bid.

Braman said he was honored by the band's gesture. The team owner has invited the leaders of the Baltimore expansion effort to the game, and Maryland Stadium Authority chairman Herbert J. Belgrad said he and others will attend.

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