'Notes' from the Director
The 2010 edition of the UW Husky Marching Band has eagerly hit the field, anxiously anticipating another exciting season of Husky football! The band has already traveled to the season-opening game at BYU, and although we received a warm welcome by BYU fans and their band, we came away disappointed with UW's loss to the Cougars. But the Huskies opened the home schedule triumphantly on Sept. 11 with a win over Syracuse; I thought I'd give you a description of that show and the halftime shows yet to come.
Sept. 11 (UW vs. Syracuse) 'SEATTLE ROCK SHOW'
The Husky Varsity-Alumni Band, which this year included more than 180 students and alums, kicked off the 2010 home schedule by showcasing the hits of rock bands that have their roots in Seattle. The show not only included music by favorite son Jimi Hendrix and Heart but the show’s finale uniquely coupled the talents of this year’s V-A Band with Seattle’s own The Presidents of the United States.
HMB performs to Lady Gaga at the Nebraska game!
Sept. 18 (UW vs. Nebraska) 'THE MUSIC
OF LADY GAGA'
For the first time in many years, the 2010 schedule had the HMB coming out of our week of pre-school drills with a full-blown halftime show instead of historically what has been “Band Day.” Even though this threw a lot at the 78 new rookie members, the band did a great job and the high energy show was a huge hit (especially with the student body!).
Oct. 9 (UW vs. Arizona State) 'THE 58th ANNUAL BAND DAY'
Thirty-five high school marching bands joined the Husky Band on the field for the annual renewal of this cherished Husky tradition.
Oct. 15 (HMB @ Sumner High School) 'THE BEST OF JOURNEY'
The HMB’s annual run-out recruiting performance took the band this year to Sumner, Wash., where the band gave fans a sneak preview of the halftime show that would be presented at the Oregon State Homecoming game the following weekend. Many thanks to the Sumner High School band, administration and community for supporting our appearance. The band and I always enjoy “taking the show on the road” and we looked forward to the opportunity to entertain the die-hard Husky fans in Sumner for their big Homecoming game as well!
Oct. 16 (UW vs. Oregon State) 'THE BEST OF JOURNEY'
The Husky Band rocked the 2010 Homecoming crowd to the hard-driving beat and unmistakable harmonies of 80s rock super band Journey. In the spirit of Homecoming, the finale of the show had a memorable finale that even involved some Husky athletes!
Oct. 30 (UW vs. Stanford) '2ND ANNUAL CHEER DAY'
The second edition of Husky Cheer Day will not only welcome more than 600 cheerleaders to Husky Stadium, but the HMB will once again play host to the Musica Grato Marching Band from Himi, Japan, which wowed Husky fans five years ago when it last visited Seattle. The halftime show will feature the music of iconic 80s pop group ABBA.
Nov. 6 (UW @ Oregon) HALFTIME THEME—TBA
The entire Husky Band and Cheer/Pom Squads take to the road for the first time this season as we hope to help the Dawgs snap a six-year losing streak to the dreaded Ducks down there in Eugene! The UWAA will once again be hosting the Washington Warm-Up prior to the game and we will, of course, be there to perform for all the Husky faithful. We hope to see many of you there—THE MORE PURPLE THE BETTER!
Nov. 18 (UW vs. UCLA) 'THE MUSICAL MAGIC OF DISNEY/PIXAR'
The uniqueness of this rare Thursday night game is sure to be punctuated by the familiar strains of some of the most beloved music from recent Disney/Pixar animated films such as Toy Story, Cars and The Incredibles. We can’t wait to have all of you sing along to these new Disney classics.
Dec. 4 (UW @ WSU) HALFTIME THEME—TBA
The entire Husky Band and Cheer Squad will bundle up and go on the road for the last time during the 2010 season as we travel to beautiful downtown Pullman, Wash., for the 103rd edition of the Husky-Cougar gridiron clash—The Apple Cup!
I hope you enjoy the wide variety of music and drill we're preparing for you this season, and as always my sincere thanks for your support of the 235 hard-working students who comprise this year’s Husky Marching Band.