Pride of Minn. needs some schooling

Jim Westphal

I felt extremely fortunate to attend my first Gopher football game in the beautiful new stadium âÄî that is, until halftime. The public address announcer and the scoreboard announced that the University of Minnesota marching band would perform a tribute to Stevie Wonder. During the retrospective of WonderâÄôs musical career, the âÄúPride of MinnesotaâÄù performed a song from WonderâÄôs album âÄúInnerversionsâÄù and, subsequently, a tribute to the legendary âÄújazz singer âÄòSir DukeâÄô Ellington.âÄù Hmm âĦ is it too much to ask that an institution of higher learning get its facts straight, especially when doing a âÄútributeâÄù? I believe the album was âÄúInnervisions,âÄù and I think any member of the marching band could tell you that Duke Ellington was this countryâÄôs greatest composer, band leader and piano player âÄî not a jazz singer. Who will the marching bandâÄôs next tribute to a legendary jazz singer be? Neil Diamond? Jim Westphal University alum