For nearly a century this song of praise (originally a Latin Hymn written by the famous French operatic composer, Charles Gounod) has held a special place in the hearts of Wisconsin students, fans and alumni.  It was in 1898 that Henry Dyke Sleeper, a young instructor in the University’s School of Music, arranged the music, provided words, and published the new version of the song he called “Varsity Toast.”  Today it is impossible to attend an official university function without hearing those simple but stirring strains.  In 1934 Wisconsin Band Director, Ray Dvorak, introduced the now famous “arm wave” which has made performance of this alma mater one of the most thrilling ‘sights’ as well as sounds to be found in any stadium in the world.

ON WISCONSIN
IF YOU WANT TO BE A BADGER
HOT TIME IN THE OLD TOWN TONIGHT
YOU’VE SAID IT ALL