The Marching Band’s pre-game performance at Union South gives Badger fans a preview of the music they will hear in Camp Randall Stadium. The Union South performance occurs before every regular season home game and takes place approximately an hour before kick-off.
The performance begins when the tubas arrive. The band plays a warm-up exercise and a tuning note. Tuning is interrupted by a skyrocket from the tuba section. The band then plays two rousing choruses of “On, Wisconsin!” that gets the spirited crowd even more excited for the game. The director greets Badger fans and welcomes opposing fans that have journeyed to Madison to support their team. The Badger Band gives the opposing fans a treat by playing their school song. The band plays musical selections from their pre-game and halftime shows. Of course, the crowd always wants more, and chants of “We Want Bud” can be heard coming from the Badger faithful. After giving in to the crowd by playing “You’ve Said it All”, the band prepares for the march to Camp Randall Stadium.