This “Wisconization” of a commercial jingle by composer Steve Karmen is one of the newer additions to the musical traditions of Wisconsin.  The song was first performed for university functions by the Varsity Band during the hockey season of 1972, but it was at the NCAA Championship in 1973 that the tune received its first great popular acceptance as it was played by the Band in the Boston Garden, in hotel lobbies, and in the streets of historic Boston.  From that time on the song has become a phenomenon at all athletic contests … at alumni events … and even at commencement exercises.  (And although it often does cause the upper deck to “sway,” it is bound to keep echoing in Camp Randall with great regularity.)  Why has it “caught on” so universally throughout the state?  No one can answer except to suggest, “When You Say Wisconsin, You’ve Said It All!”

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