Baltimore (WISH)-This story has been told many times: 1984. Overnight. The Colts packed up and left Baltimore. But one person has been moving forward.
John Ziemann was born and raised in Baltimore, and he is not shy about his love of his city, team or work.
“I went to the Baltimore Colts game in 1956 and I saw that they had a military band… I said,’That’s it. I must be in that band. Then (on) April 4, 1962, I Attended the audition. I was only 14 years old-I lied about my age. You must be 15 years old,” Ziman said.
That audition became a lifelong role-even after the Colts left town, the role continued.
“I stepped forward and said that we were bringing this community together-not only me, but every member said we would unite and bring football back to Baltimore,” he said.
In 1984, the band participated in parades and concerts, and in 1985, the band decided to continue on the road-and that was what they did until the birth of the Baltimore Ravens in 1996.
Ziman, 74, is the chairman of the Baltimore Ravens band.
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