If you’re one of those new students who wants to "fit in" and attend the spectacularly beautiful experience that is RIT ice hockey, but don’t know the corner crew chants and how to play along with the Pep Band, or even what they are, this is the article for you!

The RIT Corner Crew is a dedicated group of students, alumni, faculty/staff and passionate locals who support RIT Men's and Women's Hockey. 

RIT Pep Band is a group of student musicians from all academic fields. The band plays for both Men and Women Division I hockey events during the regular and post season events, as well as Men’s Division III lacrosse events. The band also performs during campus activities such as Imagine RIT, Springfest, Brick City Homecoming and Tiger Den events. Recently, the band has started branching out into Rochester community events.

Not to confuse you or make you nervous, but there are a number of chants and a number of Pep Band songs, Pep Band songs that go along with chants and chants that go along with Pep Band songs. If you get them wrong expect theCorner Crew — in full chant — to refer to you by the potentially uncomfortable monikers such as "freshman" or "virgin."

Sarah Messner, the secretary of Pep Band and a second year U​ltrasound major, noted how their organization very much tries to not echo that. 

“We hold ourselves to a higher standard," she noted. "Than to say/do any of the slightly offensive actions that the Corner Crew, a group less specifically representative of RIT, sometimes partake in.”

To avoid embarrassment, listen to the chants before joining in and read on to learn the basics.

On Oct. 6 the Orange vs. White game took place. This is a game in which half of the men's team (orange) plays the other half (white). The game was a fundraiser benefiting the Red Cross Relief Funds through RIT's United Way Campaign and practice for the exhibition on Oct. 7 against Brock University.

While the audience at the Orange vs. White game wasn't as large as most regular matches, the Pep Band was still there to keep everyone excited.

Pep Band often plays Freebird, because of its instantly recognizable electric guitar solo; upon hearing it the Corner Crew instantly waves around flashlights. Similarly, after every goal, one can expect to hear Eye of the Tiger being played, according to Meghan Detwiler, the conductor of the Pep Band and a fourth year in a BS/MS program for Chemical and Material Science and Engineering.  

“Being in Pep Band raises RIT school spirit to a whole new level,” said Andrew Zgoda, a fifth year Mechanical Engineer.

The Pep Band and the Corner Crew are two groups of RIT students that really know how to elevate the hype at games. Both exist to raise school spirit, but their cheers are also meant to keep those on the ice motivated. Above all else, their rallying of the crowd is meant to cheer on each hockey team to victory. Although, to be a part of it, you must support the team and have a basic understanding of the game. Both can be learned with a few games and Google searches. During games, members of the Corner Crew skillfully use signs, pom poms and megaphones to communicate with spectators what cheers to yell and when to yell them (something very helpful to new students).

However, Jeff DiVeronica, the sports striker writer of the Democrat & Chronicle had one critique of the Corner Crew and Pep Band.

“The only issue with the great facility that is the Gene Polisseni Center, the Corner Crew and the Pep Band is that teams love coming to our rink as much as they love having home games," he said. "RIT motivates the other teams almost as much as they motivate their own.”

Yet, for Detwiler this didn't seem like a cause for concern. 

"Yeah, both teams get elevated but overall we help to create a better game for the players and for the people in the stands," she explained "That’s what we’re there for.”

If you need to learn some songs, there is a Reddit page (r/rit) with all of the lyrics you could possibly need: just Google search “RIT corner crew lyrics.” That said, there are some easy-to-pick-up rules and fundamentals for singing and cheering. 

  • When the Tiger's starting lineup is being announced the Corner Crew will chant the person’s name while cheering.
  • What's also important to know, is that while the scratches (players that won't be on the ice) are announced for the opposing team, the Corner Crew puts their hands up like there is a keyboard just above them and chants "Delete" while motionong as if they are pressing the delete key for each scratch. For RIT scratches, they say "awww" when each one is announced.
  • If the opposing goalie pulls up their mask, they repeatedly chant "Ugly Goalie" until the goalie puts his mask back down and then the Corner Crew gives a celebratory cheer. If the RIT goalie pulls up their mask, they repeatedly chant "Sexy Goalie" until the goalie puts his mask back down, which is when the Corner Crew follows up with an "awwww" cheer.
  • After scoring everyone starts pointing at the opposing goalie chanting "It’s all your fault!" When Rocky, RIT's announcer, calls out who scored and assisted with a Tiger goal, the Corner Crew chants the time mark announced and follows it by the ringing of the bell; the number of tolls determined by the score — they will also chant the number of rings.
  • If RIT is in the lead we chant "we want [our current number of goals]+1," or if we are currently behind, it is "we want [score needed to gain the lead]" followed by pointing and chanting at the opposing goalie, "It’s all your fault" the same amount of times as the score mentioned in the previous chant. This is the most common part to get wrong. It's usually safe to chant, "It's all your fault" twice, if you're not sure

If you don't feel comfortable standing the whole game with the Corner Crew, sit next to them in section 119. 

The above guidelines for being a member of the RIT Pep band or Corner Crew are just a few of the important aspects. Being a member of either of these organizations is a great way to show your school spirit and adds to the RIT hockey experience overall. Most importantly, have fun.