The Rose Bowl issues apology for Stanford's halftime performance

BY foxsports • January 8, 2016

Stanford's band pulled off one of the most talked about halftime shows in recent memory as it performed a FarmersOnly.com themed show during the Rose Bowl. 

While the performance was certainly unique, and hilarious to some, the Tournament of Roses was forced to apologize for the actions of the Stanford band. 

"Given the fine reputations of the schools in these conferences, we have not felt the need to review in any significant detail the planned performances of their representatives,'' the Tournament of Roses said in a statement, per the San Jose Mercury News. "The halftime performance was not in line with the values of the Rose Bowl Game and we will be reviewing our policies and procedures with regard to future band performances."

The script for the show was reviewed by Stanford and the Rose Bowl, according to Stanford's associate VP of communications Lisa Lapin. However, the review was not in-depth, per the San Jose Mercury News. 

Stanford also issued a statement regarding the performance:

"The Band's halftime show has provoked a variety of reactions. The performance was intended to be irreverent fun, given Iowa's connection to farming and Stanford's historical nickname "The Farm." The script posted on the Band's Facebook page provides fuller context. We understand that some viewers took offense at the performance, which we regret and which will be the subject of further discussion with the Band's leadership."

The Stanford band had been prohibited from performing during away games during the 2015 season due to unruly off-the-field behavior. However, it requested approval to perform at the Rose Bowl and the request was granted.


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