When returning from an away game, band members
sing the Alma Mater upon first reaching the old Montlake draw
bridge and seeing the parapets of Husky stadium.
The rookies must learn the fight song by the first home-game.
They are tested on the first road trip of the season. Each
bus has the rookies sing the fight song without making a mistake
when leaving the Seattle area.
Following each Husky victory, each band member wears their baseball
hat backwards to help celebrate the win.
After each first down, the band plays a unison note. For
each consecutive first down an additional tone is added to
the run, half a step higher.
Campus Rallies - Campus Rallies tend to be Husky Band members
and Greek socialites favorite Friday Night tradition. During
football season and before every home football game, band
members and cheer squad all dress up and head out into the
cool fall night to get the entire campus ready for the football
game the following afternoon. Traveling through the dorm system
on North Campus and into the streets surrounding, you can
hear the Husky Band play every fans favorite songs. Everyone
joins the band dancing and singing all the way. The evening
is topped off on the steps of Suzzallo Library with a wild pep rally.
Pre-Game Traditions - Before the Husky Football team takes
the field on Saturday afternoons, the Husky Band can be seen
performing a traditional pre-game show. The show starts out
with the Logo pull-out W, all the while playing Bow Down to
Washington. As friendly salute to the visiting team, the HMB
performs the opponents fight song. The band continues to play
and march, forming a large flag pole and raising a huge
American Flag during America the Beautiful and
the Star-Spangled Banner.
UWAA - The Husky Marching Band is proud to rev-up spirited
Husky fans with several guest appearances at UW Alumni Association
events throughout the year. From the Homecoming Rally to Washington
Warm Up tailgate parties at away football games to Husky Hoop Jump
Starts at select basketball home games, the HMB is music to Husky fans'
ears as they gear-up to beat the competition. Be a part of a Husky
tradition by participating in these UWAA events. For more details
about the Homecoming Rally, Washington Warm Ups and Husky Hoop Jump
Starts, visit UWalum.com.
Like 'Hang on Sloopy' at Ohio State, for over twenty years
'Tequila' has been recognized as the Husky Bands 'dynasty
song'. From the 'Tequila!' bumper stickers Husky fans sport
on their cars, to the local sports apparel store called 'The
Tequila Club', no other song gets the purple and gold faithful
as energized as that classic '50's hit which was first popularized
as a sports anthem by the Husky Band. Today the Band plays
'Tequila' on the first big play in the second half of each
game and during all away game pre-game shows.
Since 1921 The Siren has sounded after each Washington score, every
Washington victory and upon the entrance of the Purple &
Gold into Husky Stadium. Care and operation of The Siren is
vested in the band's Equipment Manager.
Perhaps the bands most celebrated tradition is the worldwide
fan phenomenon known as 'The Wave'. Created at Husky Stadium
by former director Bill Bissell and yell king Rob Weller,
'The Wave' has gone on to international fame. To perpetuate
Husky Stadiums status as 'The Home of the Wave', band members
are expected to enthusiastically participate in it when ordered
by the Yell King.