Oct 27, 2021 - Sports
Blasting away with Nordecke Brass, the Columbus Crew supporter band
Four trumpet and trombone players pose at a soccer game, wearing the team's attire.
Tyler (second from right) and other members of the Nordecke Brass section at last Saturday's Columbus Crew game. Photo provided

The Nordecke Brass section has no sheet music. There are no rehearsals, no tryouts, and no director.

  • The only missions for these Columbus Crew musicians? Blast off and have fun.

Trumpeting the news: Luke Johnston, a veteran player for Nordecke Brass, invited Tyler to play at last Saturday's match against the New York Red Bulls.

State of play: The unofficial supporter band of the Crew features a rotating group of players in the Nordecke fan section. Members play along to the section chants amid a row of drummers.

  • These chants include offshoots of Yankee Doodle Dandy, We're Not Gonna Take It and Yellow Submarine ("We all cheer for a yellow soccer team…").

💭 Tyler's thought bubble: It took some time to get familiar with the chants, but I had a lot of fun. There's nothing quite like watching a Crew game from the Nordecke.

  • My favorite moment was the Crew's lone goal, followed by a full minute of bedlam and blasting random notes.

Unfortunately, the Crew lost the match, 2-1.

🎺 Tyler plans to be back next season for a few more games.

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