This article is from the College marching band FAQ, by Adam Elman firstname.lastname@example.org, Meredith McClurg email@example.com, Patrick Neschleba firstname.lastname@example.org and Craig Moe email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Yep. We've heard it about many bands on many planes. How much of it is
true, however, is another matter entirely:
4a) The Plane Rolling Story: (college marching band)
This is the most often repeated story, and consequently the most
misattributed one. It goes like this: The marching band in question
decides to see what happens when everybody runs to one side of the lane at
once. The plane pitches over, the airframe is damaged, and the pilot is
more than slightly annoyed. Among the bands who have been blamed are
Stanford, Iowa and Southern Cal, but no one has ever met any of the plane
rollers, nor seen any account written at the time. It's an urban legend,
4b) The Pillow Fight Story: (college marching band)
In 1977, Southern Cal chartered a flight to the Bluebonnet Bowl (now
defunct) for the band on World Airways (also now defunct). Somehow a
pillow fight ensued amongst the band and grew to involve a nearby flight
attendant. The airline would not let them fly home until a high ranking
executive, who just so happened to be on the Board of Trustees,
intervened. The flight attendant sued the university, and won about 20K.
4c) The Airsickness Story: (college marching band)
LSJUMB is scheduled to fly down to LA for the U-whatever football game.
Before leaving his house, our bandsman puts carrots, a peanut butter
sandwich, and other misc. lunch items into a blender, runs the blender
until it's well mixed but chunky, pours the result into a zip-lock bag,
puts the bag into the pocket of his band jacket, and heads for the Shak to
catch the bus to the airport.
He boards the plane. During takeoff, he empties the zip-lock bag into
the sick bag at his seat. After takeoff, when the stewardess comes
down the aisle, he puts his mouth over the bag and feigns airsickness.
As he pulls his head out of the bag, the stewardess says "Here, let me
take that for you." He gives it to her, but, shouting "Wait! That's
my lunch!", grabs it back, reaches in, pulls out a handfull, and eats
The stewardess pukes in the aisle, and LSJUMB is persona non-grata on
United Airlines for 5 years.