Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jan 10 21:31:59 UTC 2008

The verb "reband" (unknown to the dictionaries) frequently shows up in
online histories of music groups, meaning 'reunite after

They continually changed line-up, disbanded and rebanded but finally
stopped performing in 2005.
While Eef Barzelay plays solo gigs, disbands, and rebands, Clem Snide persists.
Alan McLeod moved to Vancouver to play with the Paperboys, who have
also since disbanded (and maybe rebanded again, from recent reports).
He is also a member of Frost, a progressive group formed and
disbanded, rebanded, disbanded and re re banded in 2007 by the
songwriter/producer Jem Godfrey.
Uriah Heep may have disbanded and rebanded a time or two very briefly,
but they've periodically been releasing new albums for 30+ years.

The "disband"/"reband" pair makes the most sense in relation to
musical bands (suggesting a crypto-eggcornic reading of "disband"),
but it occasionally appears in non-musical contexts as well:

The homeless tent city disbanded – only to reband.
South Omaha activist Virgil Armandirez has repeatedly voiced his
disdain for the disbanding of the Metro Unit. A local businessman and
hispanic activist, Armandirez has
called for the rebanding and deployment of the Metro Unit to protect
the citizens of South and North Omaha.
But before I ever came up with one, the Board was disbanded. I
remember being pretty disappointed - and then thrilled when it was
"rebanded" a short time later.

--Ben Zimmer

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