Since 1929, the world famous Husky Band has been entertaining audiences from the shores of Lake Washington, to Australia, China, Ireland, Japan, and even Norway. Loyal UW Alumni and other band followers love to sing along to the University of Washington fight song “Bow Down to Washington,” or “Tequila!” which is known to Husky Band’s signature song.
The Husky Band appeared in the 1996 Disney film “The Sixth Man.” Other special performances include the 1995 and 2002 Wheel of Fortune Collegiate Tournament of Champions and the Key Arena Opening Night, which included a performance with the Seattle Symphony. The Husky Band has also made appearances on the USS Kittyhawk (1995), USS Constellation (1996 and 1999) and the USS Nimitz (2001).
The Husky Band has also performed with the Seattle Symphony a number of times, most notably in 2003, when the band joined the symphony in performing the closing movement of the “1812 Overture” during the Symphony’s Opening Night Gala at Benaroya Hall.
In the last few years, the Husky Band has also been fortunate enough to send bands to many UW sporting events. The band represents the University at athletic events such as football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball and gymnastics. In 2004-2005, pep-bands performed at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet 16 in Albuquerque, NM, as well as the Women’s Volleyball Final Four in Long Beach, CA.
In addition to supporting Husky Athletics, the band prides itself in its musicality and has traveled internationally to showcase its musicality and unique Husky spirit. During the summer of 1998, a portion of the band traveled to Sydney, Australia and performed at many famous sites including the Sydney Opera House. The Husky Band South Pacific Tour also included stops in Fiji and New Zealand. The summer of 2001 saw the Husky Band travel to China, where band members performed Husky favorites on the steps of the Great Wall along with other sites throughout China. During the summer of 2005 the band traveled to Scandinavia with stops in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, where they were the featured band at the annual Rebild Danish-American Independence Day celebration. In addition, this Fall, the Husky Band will be sending a 90-piece contingent to Japan for the Midousuji International Festival in Osaka.