University of Utah Marching Band

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University of Utah Marching Band
SchoolUniversity of Utah
LocationSalt Lake City, UT
DirectorBrian Sproul
Fight song"Utah Man"

The University of Utah Marching Band (also known as The Pride of Utah Marching Band or simply The Pride of Utah) has been called the premier marching ensemble of the University of Utah. It has also been stated that the band has figured prominently in the state of Utah's marching music history since its earliest days.[1] The band performs at all University of Utah home football games, as well as some away games and bowl games.[2] Its current director is Brian Sproul.[3]


The University of Utah Athletics Department has stated that the University of Utah's band was started in the 1940s as a military ensemble performing at various ceremonies and events around the university campus. Taking a cue from college bands in the Midwest, A. Ray Olpin, President of the university, recruited Ron Gregory from Ohio State University in 1948 to establish a similar marching band for Utah. Despite early success, support for the band gradually faded during the 1960s which culminated in the termination of funding for the band by the Associated Students for the University of Utah (ASUU) in 1969. A 1976 fund-raising campaign led by Gregg I. Hanson successfully re-established the band.[2][4]

The Pride of Utah executes its pregame performance at the 2009 Poinsettia Bowl.

The Pride of Utah has performed at the following notable events:[5][6]


  1. ^ "The Pride of Utah – Daily Utah Chronicle". The Daily Utah Chronicle. Salt Lake City. October 3, 2018. p. 5. Retrieved May 5, 2019. The Pride of Utah, the University of Utah's premier marching ensemble, has been a staple of marching music in the state of Utah since its foundation early in the U's history.
  2. ^ a b "2007 Media Guide" (PDF). University of Utah Athletics. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "Marching Band Competition". Washington State University. Retrieved May 10, 2019. Dr. Brian Sproul Director of Athletic Bands at the University of Utah, where he directs the marching band
  4. ^ "Band revived after 5 years". The Daily Universe. August 26, 1976. p. 36. Retrieved May 10, 2019. The man responsible for fielding the Utes marching band after a five-year absence is Gregg I. Hanson
  5. ^ "SDSU names new director of bands". South Dakota State University Alumni & Friends. Retrieved May 10, 2019. the Marching "Utes" performed and traveled extensively as members of the Mountain West Conference, including the 2003 Liberty Bowl, the 2005 Fiesta Bowl ('04 season), the 2005 Emerald Bowl, the 2006 Armed Forces Bowl and the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl
  6. ^ Gagnon, Robert (January 23, 2009). "Bowl Bound". Halftime Magazine. Retrieved May 10, 2019. The Marching Utes have performed all over the country and abroad—including President Barack Obama's Inauguration Parade

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