Director of Athletic Bands University of Washington
“Husky Marching Band”
Introduced by: Dennis Newell
Dr. Brad McDavid, the 4th Director of the Husky Marching Band since 1929, will discuss the band and its musicians and history. The University of Washington Husky Marching Band HMB) is a 240-member ensemble. It is one of the few bands outside the Big Ten Conference to utilize the traditional chair step style of marching.
The HMB is a year-round ensemble that actively participates in supporting all Husky sports. Members participate during the fall to help support Husky Football at all home football games and even selected away games. The 2015 season will be the 86th for the HMB. In 1981, the Husky Band, under the direction of Bill Bissell, is credited with the invention of the Wave. An event for local high school bands, Band Day at Husky football games began in 1950 thanks to Walter C. Welke, then band director.
The HMB has played as far afield as the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend Indiana. It has also traveled and performed in Japan, China, and Europe. In addition, the HMB plays at various community and local school events.
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