The final gun sounds and the Badgers have garnered another gridiron victory. Immediately, every member of the Wisconsin Band makes they same move. They turn their hat backwards. This tradition is not unique to the Wisconsin Band. It began in the early 1900’s as a Big Ten band custom and has spread to other universities and high schools across the nation. Although, there is little or no agreement as to the origin of this practice, there is a consensus of opinion as to its symbolism. The backward facing cap is believed to signify “reflecting on the victory of the day.” Therefore, as the Badger Band members march toward the exit of the stadium following a Wisconsin triumph, their hats are “looking back at the win.”

5th Quarter
The Band Banquet
Band Day
On Wisconsin Finale
Tuba March
Union South
Varsity Arm Swing