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Husky Marching Band
File:Husky Stadium pregame show band.jpg
Husky Band performs during pre-game activities at Husky Stadium
SchoolUniversity of Washington
LocationSeattle, WA
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DirectorDr. J. Brad McDavid
Fight songBow Down To Washington

The University of Washington Husky Marching Band (HMB) is the marching band of the University of Washington. A 240-member ensemble, HMB is one of the few bands outside the Big Ten Conference to use the traditional chair step style of marching.[1] The HMB is a year-round ensemble that actively participates in supporting all Husky sports. Members participate during the fall to help support Husky Football at all home football games and even selected away games. The 2018 season will be the 89th for the HMB.[1]

In 1981, the Husky Band, under the direction of Bill Bissell, is credited with the invention of the Wave.[2]

An event for local high school bands, Band Day at Husky football games began in 1950 thanks to Walter C Welke, then band director.[3]

The HMB is a traveling group, sending many pep bands to away games and even the full band all across the country including the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.[4] The band has also traveled and performed in Japan, China, and Europe. In addition, the HMB plays at various community events around Seattle and does a full show at one local high school once a year. The 2015-2016 season included a trip to Vancouver, B.C. to perform at a B.C. Lions football game as well as a trip to the 2016 Women's Final Four in Indianapolis.


  • Walter C. Welke (1929–1956)
  • Bill Cole (1957–1970)
  • Bill Bissell (1970–1993)
  • Dr. Brad McDavid (1994–Present)[5]


  • Piccolos
  • Clarinets
  • Alto Saxophones
  • Tenor Saxophones
  • Mellophones
  • Trumpets
  • Trombones
  • Baritones
  • Sousaphones
  • Snares
  • Basses
  • Tenors
  • Cymbals


Current Stands Tunes

  • 24K Magic (song) by Bruno Mars
  • Africano by Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Alive and Amplified by The Mooney Suzuki
  • Attitude Dance by Tower of Power
  • Bad Romance by Lady Gaga
  • Big 12 by Trombone Shorty
  • Celebration by Kool & The Gang
  • Confident by Demi Lovato
  • Everybody's Everything by Santana
  • Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (band)
  • Fat Bottom Girls by Queen
  • Free Ride by Edgar Winter Group
  • Fuel (song) by Metallica
  • Happy (Pharrell Williams song)
  • Hey Baby by Bruce Channel
  • I'm Your Boogie Man by KC and the Sunshine Band
  • Inside Out by Imelda May
  • Johnny's Mambo by Michael Lloyd & Le Disc (from Dirty Dancing)
  • Johnny Q by The Crazy 8's
  • Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe
  • Land of a Thousand Dances
  • Louie, Louie by Richard Berry
  • Master of Puppets (song) by Metallica
  • My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy
  • Polynesian Paralysis
  • Power by Kanye West
  • Radar Love by Golden Earring
  • Ride by 21 Pilots
  • Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars
  • Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  • Swag Surfin by Fast Life Yungstaz
  • Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond
  • Take On Me by a-ha
  • Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck by Cameo
  • Talk to Me, Dance with Me by Hot Hot Heat
  • Tequila (Champs song) by The Champs
  • Time Warp (song)
  • There’s Nothin’ Holding me Back by Shawn Mendes
  • Uprising by Muse
  • Walking on Sunshine (Katrina and the Waves song) by Katrina and the Waves


Halftime Shows


  • Tribute to The Beatles
  • Annual Band Day Show
  • Tribute to Kiss (band)
  • Harry the Husky's Heroes arr. By Cory Meals
  • Veterans Day Patriotic Salute
  • 75-Year Anniversary Tribute to The Wizard of Oz


  • Anniversary Show
  • Annual Band Day Show
  • 1985 Orange Bowl Victory Tribute
  • Movie Cult Classics of the 80s
  • Disco Show
  • Halloween Show Featuring Ray Parker Jr.


  • Best of 2015 HMB
  • Annual Band Day Show
  • Rocky


  • Best of 2016
  • Annual Band Day Show
  • Tribute to Horn Bands (Featuring University of California Marching Band)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Featuring Alan White (Yes drummer))
  • Pirates of the Caribbean (film series)
  • U.S.A
  • Movie Cult Classics


  • Best of 2017
  • Annual Band Day Show
  • Best of Broadway (Featuring cast of Mamma Mia! from 5th Avenue Theatre)
  • Tribute to Jurassic Park
  • Salute to Service
  • Holiday Show


  1. 1.0 1.1 Husky Marching Band
  3. The Glory of Washington: The People and Events That Shaped the Husky Athletic Tradition by Jim Daves, W. Thomas Porter for Sports Publishing LLC. Page 157
  4. Husky Marching Band Delivers Wonderful Performance and Irish Legends bring a crowd at the Hall of Fame
  5. Husky Marching Band

External links

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