Husky Marching Band

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Husky Marching Band
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
Assistant DirectorsEdd George, Marcus Pimpleton, Corey Jahlas, Roger Wu Fu
Fight song"Bow Down to Washington" and "Vict'ry for Washington"
Motto"Touch of Class"

The University of Washington Husky Marching Band (Husky Band, or 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 selected away games. The 2019 season will be the 90th for the HMB.[1]

The Husky Band, under the direction of Bill Bissell, is credited with the invention of the Wave in 1981.[2][3]

An event for local high school bands, Band Day at Husky football games began in 1950 under Walter C. Welke, then band director.[4]

The HMB is a traveling group, sending many pep bands to away games. The full band has performed at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.[5] and 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)[6]


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


  1. ^ a b "Husky Marching Band".
  2. ^ "University of Washington - Official Athletic Site :: Traditions". October 31, 1981. Archived from the original on March 25, 2006. Retrieved June 9, 2010.
  3. ^ Bock, Hal (November 7, 1984). "Washington gets final credit for inventing 'The Wave'". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. p. 3C.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ "Husky Marching Band Delivers Wonderful Performance and Irish Legends bring a crowd at the Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on July 26, 2011. Retrieved October 9, 2007.
  6. ^ "Past Directors". Archived from the original on February 8, 2012.

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