Hard to believe that Renegade Athletics is already here. Yesterday I watched our Women’s Soccer team play at the Memorial Stadium (and as I understand from Francis Mayer, the first time in 20 years) and win 3-0 against COS. And on saturday, September 5th, we will start the Renegade Football season at 6:00 p.m. against Riverside. Prior to the football game, we will host a welcome reception for the new faculty at 4:30, after which the entire cohort will walk over to the game.
This is the perfect time to (re)introduce the BC Fight Song. BC Drumline and Concert Band Director Tim Heasley recently found the audio file in the choral archives.
This recording was done in 1963-64. The words are from the 1954-1955 Reneguide (the first student handbook that was produced).
But the fight song came even before that.
The fanfare from Quo Vadis, which goes directly into the the Renegade Fight Song, was arranged by Calvin Mueller. Cal Mueller was the BC Band Director from 1947-1967. It is thought that, for the fight song, Calvin used the tune from the 1944 film Meet Me In St. Louis, and the Quo Vadis movie from 1951, making the arrangement sometime between 1951 and 1953.
Who wrote the lyrics? Possibly Cal or a student – nothing is found on that in the Renegade Rips of the time.
The Quo Vadis/Fight Song quickly became a tradition at Bakersfield College games. In the early 1960s, Jerry Ludeke remembers it was always played when the team took the field, and after every touchdown.
Here is an email from Jerry about the Fight Song:
The red vinyl 33 1/3 record that was passed out on opening day is over 50 years old. In 1963 they were sold for $3 each by the choir members to raise money for their 1965 trip to Europe which netted them the coveted Eisteddfod trophy in Ireland. The picture on the back shows those whose performances were included on the record: Ed Simonsen was the President whose message was included, Ray Newman was the football coach who gave his pep talk, Ken Fahsbender was the director of the award winning BC band which plays the Quo Vadis fanfare as well as the BC Fight Song and Alma Mater, and Joe Huszti led the choir in the fight song and other selections. When you currently hear a recording of the choir singing the fight song, it is from this record.
In 2013, our centennial year, Ken Fahsbender cut a disc of his 1963-65 bands that played at the Seattle World’s Fair and won the grand prize at the Junior Rose Bowl Band Competition. It includes the trumpet fan fares, the Fight Song, and the Alma Mater recorded in Memorial Stadium with the roar of the sixties crowd, plus other popular band favorites of the time. (A disc can be ordered from the Archives for $10.)
Historical note: In the original words there were 5 “fights” in the last line. When the choir sings it on the record, it has become 4 “fights”. The third and fourth “fight” slur together as one.
Thank you to Nicky Damania, Director of Student Life, for providing copies of the lyrics and a keepsake record of the fight song to our faculty & staff at Opening Day!
We will fight fight fight when we’re winning
We will fight fight fight when we lose
Ere play ere goes ere the whistle blows.
We will fight where ere we choose.
We will fight fight fight in the morning,
We will fight fight fight in the night.
We are bound to win today, as we battle in the fray.
We will fight fight fight fight fight.