Many thanks to Keith Pacheco, a former Band parent (Rachel ’01, flute and Julie ’03, trombone), who so kindly shared with me the words for these songs at the Spring-Ford game, to Homer Bombino for his beautiful videos of Mr. Touchdown and the School Song and to Mr. Lipton for all his assistance in obtaining this information.
Special thanks to Roy Nelson, former music teacher at Neshaminy from 1970 to 2003. Below are his recollections of these two songs:
“I graduated from Neshaminy in 1966, but attended football games from the time I was in 6th grade…. 1959 season…. exciting times for Neshaminy Football.
I’m not sure when the “Fight Song” started, but I don’t remember anything else ever being played at football games. The song is the “Washington and Lee Swing”, the song from Washington and Lee University. We actually play the arrangement that the University uses, or used at one time. For some reason, the song fell out of use in the late 1980’s, but I along with current director Mike Lipton brought it back into use. I know Dr. Ron Daggett used it.
“Mister Touchdown USA” is a pretty standard arrangement. Again, I don’t know when it was first used, but I don’t remember it NOT being used back in the 60’s.”
We hope you enjoy this little history of Neshaminy Band’s football songs. They bring a special excitement to the games.
Washington and Lee Swing: written in 1910 by Mark W. Sheafe, Clarence A. Robbins, and Thornton W. Allen
Oh when Neshaminy marches down the line
There’ll be a smashing victory every time
It’s for the dear old school we love so well
It’s for the dear old school we yell and yell and yell
So let us fight, fight, fight with all our might
So let us fight until the day is done
It’s for the old time yell of sis, boom ba
Rah rah rah! Go Neshaminy!
Mr. Touchdown: Words and Music by William Katz, Gene Piller, Ruth Roberts Copyright 1950
They al-ways call him Mis-ter Touch-down
They al-ways call him Mis-ter Team
He can run and kick and throw
Give him the ball and just look at him go
Hip. hip, hooray for Mis-ter Touch-down
He’s gon-na beat ’em to-day
So give a great big cheer for the he-ro of the year
Mis-ter Touch-down USA
To the tune of “Varsity Song”, Holy Cross College
Neshaminy High School, true to the end
Echoes forever, spirits ascend
Honest endeavor, virue and strife
Memories bring us the best years of our life.
Hail Alma Mater, hail red and blue
Fellow Playwickians, we salute you
Fond recollections, vivid and true
Neshaminy High School, we’re loyal to you.
Adopted 1960 – Words by Shirley Heizmann ’52 – Musical Arrangement by Leroy Nelson ’66
2015 Neshaminy High School Choir Performing The School Song