Drink a Highball

G.B. Brigham, 1901 (first used at CUA in the 1920s)

Heard at many schools in the days of yore, "Drink a Highball" is still a popular tune at the University of Pennsylvania. Originally composed by G.B. Brigham in 1901 (a fan of the classic cocktail--he also wrote "The Glorious Highball" two years later), the lyrics may easily be customized to celebrate any institution. It was a favorite at Catholic University during Prohibition. When the 1962 LP record CU in Song was released, The Tower included this piece in a list of "familiar songs." However, that 1962 entry appears to be the last time the song was mentioned in the paper.

Listen (1962 Recording)

Audio from the 1962 LP CU in Songwith the Chaplain's Choir directed by Daniel "Skip" Tomaselli

View Band Arrangement (PDF) - by Paul D. H. Leman, 193?