Butler Band Traditions
Creating the Freshman Class Picture!
Every year since 1994, after the President's Convocation, the
freshman class is released onto the lawn in front of Clowes
hall. There they find a group of band students, who have
spent hours designing and painting some sort of shape or
word. The band members ensure that this is done quickly and
effectively. The freshmen are then photographed and their
class picture is put on display in Atherton Union. Watch the
video below for an example of 2014's freshman picture!
After Bulldog Victories
When the Butler Bulldogs pull off another great win, the band
gives them a little extra treat. After the final whistle or
buzzer, the War Song is played, followed by "Celebrate" by Kool and
the Gang. Then "One! Two! Back to old BU!" A great
finale with a lot of Butler spirit! The tag ending is played
only after a victory, and is the band's send off to the team and
the fans. The spirit of the Bulldogs and support from the
band really makes Butler sporting events a memorable
Where my Dawgs at?!
Make sure you come early to football games! When the pre-game
clock strikes 12 minutes, the band pours onto the field from the
tunnel. The drumline cadence gets everybody into position and
then the pre-game show begins. After the National Anthem, the
next order of business is to "Go Get The Dawgs." This traditional
cadence has crowd participation! The band then welcomes the
team on the field, playing the War Song when the cheerleaders lead
the team out of the tunnel. This excitement really shows what
it means to be a Bulldog fan.
Alumni Band At Homecoming!
Each year band alumni are invited back to perform in the
pre-game show with the current BUMB. Their chops don't last
long, but they have a great time back out on the field and telling
their "War Stories" about how the band was so much better when THEY
were in it. The current band members will come back and say
exactly the same thing at future Homecoming performances!
The Team "Protects Our House," But Who Cleans It?
Years ago Vicki Devine, a member of the athletic facilities
staff, joined the band so she could march with her son Jim who was
the Drum Major. Vicki marched for those two years, and then
for many more years after that! The band noticed that one of
many of Vicki's jobs was to help in the cleaning of the stadium
after football games. The Band saw one of its own out there
working and decided to help. For more than a decade now,
after each football game the marching band cleans the
stadium. That's just one more tradition the band is proud of
and most folks don't even know this one exists!
Full Season DVD
Each year since 2004 the marching band creates a DVD of the
season's shows. This has grown from a one-camera production to a
three camera, high definition product now produced by a graduate of
Butler's Media Arts Department. These look terrific and sound great
in 5.1 surround sound!
This page was created by Athletic Bands members Mike McFall,
alto sax, '07-'11 and Aaron Kelly, percussion, '09-'13.