Saturdays are always a long day for everyone involved with Badger football, and the Wisconsin Band is no exception. Breakfast, often at Mickie’s Dairy Bar, occurs an hour before rehearsal. The band rehearses approximately four to five hours before kick-off. A pre-game concert is presented at Union South an hour before kick-off. At Camp Randall, the band performs pre-game, halftime, and the Fifth Quarter. Finally, the band marches back to the Humanities Building where dismissal occurs. The staff and drum major take their places above the band, while the members congregate in the area above the Humanities courtyard, outside the entrance to the Dvorak Gallery. Dismissal commences with the mellophone section leader calling out the names of the field assistants, assistant director, Mike, and the drum major. All staff members are recognized by the band with a skyrocket. The team, fans, and the band are collectively recognized.
Mike then takes time to reflect upon the week that was, game day, and what is in store for the next few weeks. He then turns the band over to the drum major, who calls the band to attention and leads the singing of Varsity. The band is called to attention again and the drum major proceeds to motivate the band for the upcoming weeks with a speech and a slogan. The band repeats the slogan and is finally dismissed.
Especially touching is the last dismissal of the year. There is hardly a dry eye among the graduating seniors, who have just marched their last game in Camp Randall Stadium. The graduating seniors join the staff and drum major above the band as the underclassmen recognize them with a special song and then perhaps the most emotional rendition of Varsity ever heard. The band is dismissed, while hugs and congratulations abound as the graduating seniors bid farewell.