UWAA & Husky Marching Band Alumni Newsletter

Here’s what’s coming at halftime for 2008

Brad McDavidWe received such fabulous feedback on last year’s inaugural newsletters that we’re looking forward to our second year with great anticipation. So once again I’d like to kick off this summer edition of the newsletter with a sneak preview of the halftime shows the band will present at the home games this fall.

September 6th (vs. BYU)

The Huskies hope to shock nationally ranked BYU in this home opener, but with the start of classes still almost four weeks away, the crowd will be entertained by the “Varsity-Alumni Band,” a combination of students and alumni. This year the V-A Band will perform to a classic rock theme and we’ve enlisted the help of one of the most renowned drummers of all-time to help us: Carmine Appice, who over his career has performed with some of the most successful acts in the business. He’s bringing along his own new band, which he calls SLAMM. Those who love classic rock, as well as the type of choreography used in the stage show “STOMP,” will surely enjoy this unique show.

September 13th (vs. University of Oklahoma)
The Dawgs hope to ruin fourth-ranked UO’s national title aspirations when the Sooners visit Husky Stadium for this huge non-conference clash. This game will also mark the first performance of the season by the 2008 edition of the Husky Band. The band will break in its new rookie members by performing a show devoted to some of pop music’s most successful “divas.” Not only will the band drill to the music of Madonna and Celine Dion, but we’ll also feature a very special guest artist for the show’s grand finale.

September 27th (vs. Stanford)
The HMB will welcome more than 30 bands and close to 3,400 total musicians for the 55th version of its annual high school “Band Day.”

October 18th (vs. Oregon State)
For Homecoming, the UW will pay tribute to all of our Olympians with a special halftime program. The band will have a special part in this tribute as we’ll honor the 60 Husky Band members who played in Beijing as part of the official Olympic Games marching band. The music will include a rousing medley of former Olympic fanfares that was performed by the whopping 2008-member international band at the summer games.

SLAMMCarmine Appice brings his band SLAMM to the Sept. 6 home game.

October 25th (vs. Notre Dame)
Big games like this call for the team to pull out all the stops, and the Husky Band plans to do just that at halftime when we feature the musical hilarity of Monty Python. Fans of the infamous comedy troupe are sure to enjoy this tribute to some of the best-known musical hits from their movies, including their Broadway adaptation, “Spamalot.” Besides the music, we can’t wait for you to hear Frazer Cook make his announcements with a British accent!

November 8th (vs. Arizona State)
Most Husky fans and alums of the UW had their interest piqued this spring when the UW announced it had hired famed film score composer Bill Conti to compose a new school song. The band will pay tribute to the musical genius of this Academy Award -winning composer at halftime with Conti himself in attendance!

November 15th (vs. UCLA)
What is sure to be an impassioned game for Husky fans will likely be doubly emotional for all of the HMB seniors as they perform for the last time in Husky Stadium. Halftime will include not only the annual senior tribute, but also one of the band’s most requested drills, the “Script Huskies.”

Well, there you have it! For those of you who regularly travel to Husky away games, plan to see the entire band and cheer squad in Pullman on November 22 for the annual thrashing of the Cougs!

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