The College of Maryland marching band will not play “Maryland, My Maryland” due to its Accomplice references, the varsity introduced.
The track, which dates to 1861, referred to as the Union “Northern scum” and President Abraham Lincoln a “despot,” and advocated for the South to secede. The College of Maryland band used to play the track in its soccer pregame present, in response to the Diamondback.
“Because of the turmoil all of us witnessed in Charlottesville, myself, the Athletic Division, and President’s Workplace started a dialogue regarding our state track,” band director Eli Osterloh wrote in a message to members. “After a lot dialogue, we agreed that based mostly on the historical past and lyrics of the music, it ought to be faraway from the [Mighty Sound of Maryland] repertoire.”
“Maryland, My Maryland” has the identical tune as “O Christmas Tree.” The music has 9 verses draw from the 1861 poem by James Ryder Randall. It was impressed by the Baltimore Riots that yr that left 4 troopers and 12 civilians lifeless.
In response to the Baltimore Solar, state lawmakers have tried for years to vary the lyrics to the track to take away the Accomplice rhetoric. Maryland state Sen. Cheryl Kagan advised the Solar it’s time for the track to vary.
“It’s symbolic of a time in our lengthy-in the past historical past,” Kagan stated. “Calling Abraham Lincoln — considered one of our most revered presidents — a tyrant and a despot is absurd and offensive.”
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, stated the legislature would possible debate the track throughout its subsequent session, in January.