The University of Minnesota Marching Band is the marching band of the University of Minnesota and the flagship university band for the state of Minnesota. The Pride of Minnesota serves as the ambassador, representing the school at major events both on and off campus. Here is a link to the Intro Video and fight songs of the Pride of Minnesota, the band performed its first halftime field show during the 1910 football season at Northrop Field. Among the formations included was the Block M that now serves as the Universitys logo, the Block M formation is still present in the bands pregame show. However, both bands were decommissioned along with the Regiment at the conclusion of the war, following the war, university students who were members of the band were offered a position in a separate University Band, with the word cadet having been dropped from its name. In January of 1965, the band was featured in the Inaugural Parade in Washington. In 1982, the bands performances moved once again after the opening of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, throughout much of its history, the marching bands facilities were located in the universitys historic Northrop Auditorium, where it shared space with several other campus organizations. Additionally, the serve as the offices for the marching band, study space for members. When it was formed, the band consisted of exclusively males. Women were first allowed to perform with the band in 1943-1945, in 1950, a Womens division of the band was created, which lasted for several years. Women were finally allowed to be members of the band in 1972. Molly Watters was selected in 2006 as the first female Drum Major in the history of the band. In July 2016, Betsy McCann was named the director of the band, becoming the first female director in the history of the band, the Minnesota Marching Band primarily uses the traditional chair step for performances, similar to other bands of the Big Ten Conference. The bands pregame show is performed almost entirely with this type of step and it consists of bringing the leg up so that the thigh is parallel to the ground and the shin is completely vertical and toes are pointed at the ground. Halftime shows are performed using a low step marching that allows for more musicality. Run-Cadence is the method of getting on and off the field for a show. It consists of a double-time chair step, although the pace of it necessitates that at times neither foot is in contact with the ground. The University of Minnesota Marching Band has had 19 directors, some of which held the position at multiple points throughout the bands history
The University of Minnesota Marching Band was founded in 1892 as the University Cadet Band.
Former uniforms worn by the Pride of Minnesota. From left to right: 1960-1972, 1973-1980, 1981-1991.
The Pride of Minnesota gathers on the field after the 4th quarter for their post-game performance.