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Posted on Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 5:59 a.m.

New song 'Take It To The Big House' celebrates Michigan Stadium

By Bob Needham

A new local band has kicked off its career with an ode to Michigan Stadium.

The Arboriginals released their first single, "Take It To the Big House," earlier this fall and recently produced a video to go along with it, just in time for today's homecoming game against Illinois.

The band is led by Oni Werth, a longtime key player in the Ann Arbor music scene. A product of the Community High School jazz program, Werth has been working professionally since age 14, and has played in notable local bands like the Urbations, the Watusies and Map of the World.

Aside from Werth, the only other permanent member of the Arboriginals is drummer Jim Carey. For "Take It To the Big House," they worked with a group including Hazelette Crosby-Robinson, lead vocals; Brian Delaney, guitar; Andy Adamson, keyboards; Chris Smith, trombone and Sousaphone; Peter Klaver, tenor sax; David Swain, baritone sax; and Traci Buckner, Judith Thurman and Dan "da Soul Man" Carter, backing vocals.

"The song is a true Townie effort with all performers being graduates of Ann Arbor Public Schools, " Werth noted in an email. "The trumpet player, Dave 'Doc' Cavender, is the son of the legendary George Cavender of U of M Bands fame."

The video for the song can be seen below, and audio can be purchased at iTunes, CDBaby,'s MP3 store, and elsewhere.

For more information on the Arboriginals, see the band's website or its Facebook page.

Bob Needham is director of entertainment content for Reach him at or 734-623-2541, and follow him on Twitter @bobneedham.



Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 6:57 p.m.

Great song, but I prefer Pop Evil's "In the Big House" Check it out here, YouTube or iTunes.

Dale R. Leslie

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

It needs the touch of the Sun Messengers at the Pistons game with their repeated: (fill in the blank) is in the BIG HOUSE.! And a host of names are inserted from Mary Sue Coleman to retired ice hockey coach Al Renfrew.


Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 3:42 p.m.


MI Girl

Sat, Oct 13, 2012 : 3:28 p.m.

Looks like a little bit of New Orleans rubbed off on the Michigan fans, Love it! They did a great job! Now we just need the band to parade around the stadium live before every home game and get everyone into it, like they do in NOLA! GO BLUE!